After going up against the Weeping Angels in the trenches of World War I, it’s only natural that Gabby would want to see what everyone was fighting for in the Great War: family and home. The Doctor willingly takes her back to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, but it’s not quite the same as when she left…two hours ago. There’s an awful lot of noise, even for New York City, and it turns out that a race of aliens called the Shreekers has brought their hunt of the peaceful, whale-like Echoes to the streets of the five boroughs. You can just imagine how well this goes over with the Doctor.
This issue was a one-off in between the Weeping Angels arc and the five-part finale to the Tenth Doctor’s first year, but it never felt like a placeholder. Robbie Morrison’s writing follows familiar patterns for a Doctor Who episode (the Doctor and his companion defending the defenseless with their quick wits and the sonic screwdriver) and Eleonora Carlini’s art follows suit (right down to the Doctor and Gabby cruising into the TARDIS on a Vespa a la Clara Oswald), but I didn’t like the issue any less for its familiarity. For me, these are the very elements that make a classic Who story—just like in a favorite tune, there are certain beats that you know should be there, and you smile when you reach them.
It was lovely to see the Doctor saving my hometown from the top of the Empire State Building again. And I enjoyed how the story worked as a morality tale on a couple of levels, even if the choice of making the hunted Echoes space-whales was a little on the nose. Issue #10 is a solid single issue, and an engaging read. I give it 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #10
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
“A Rose By Any Other Name” Strip: Rachael Smith
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: May 13, 2015