Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Gods and Monsters Book One Sutekh/Omega

Gods and Monsters Book One was published by Cutaway Comics and features stories about Sutekh and Omega.

The Sutekh story is written by Ian Winterton with art by Adrian Salmon. Salmon’s art style is not my favorite style and the story grounds Sutekh into too much of a straight science fiction story. Sutekh should be more god-like in my opinion 7 out of 10.

The art of John Ridgway is phenomenal, I love his realistic style harking all the way back to classic Doctor Who Magazine comic strips like Voyager. Mark Griffiths expands on the Omega miniseries also published by Cutaway and tells a story of Omega attempting to escape his anti-matter isolation. 9 out of 10.

I absolutely love these expansions of the Whoniverse by Cutaway. This series has future issues featuring the Tharils, Drax and Iris Wildthyme! They also publish miniseries with Lytton, Paradise Towers, Orcini and other characters. Is there any other science fiction franchise with an expanded universe as rich and diverse as the Whoniverse.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Catherine Tate Laugh it Up! by Tina Ogle

Laugh it Up! is the biography of comedian and once and future companion to Doctor Who Catherine Tate. Catherine plays Donna Noble companion to the Tenth and Fourteenth Doctors. Tina Ogle is a journalist and biographer who has authored several biographies of TV and movie celebrities.

Ogle has a straight forward prose style which makes a comfortable read. Tate’s life is interesting and she comes across as a likable and grounded character. Tate’s lifestyle contrasts with her on screen persona, she doesn’t drink, smoke or carouse and lives a quiet domestic life. Her strong belief in astrology makes you wonder about her scientific literacy. Her Doctor Who experiences are covered in one of sixteen chapters. 7 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Doctor Who Role Playing Game The Silurian Age Dinosaurs and Spaceships

This supplement for the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game contains rules and background for visiting prehistoric Earth, including stats for all manner of different dinosaurs. The dinosaur bestiary gathers together creatures that you may encounter during gameplay. It also contains an in-depth look at the Silurian race, including a ready-made Silurian city to visit.

Even if you are not a gamer these role playing supplements have a tremendous amount of information. The in-depth statistics and history are informative even for older fans. The one drawback which is the case for almost all non-fiction Who books is the lack of any information on the extended media, the Whoniverse is so much more than just the TV show. 8 out of 10.

Doctor Who Extended Media Review – Once Upon a Time Lord by Dan Slott

Once Upon a Time Lord is a graphic novel written by Dan Slott and published by Titan Comics in the fall of 2023.

It is nice to see some Doctor Who content coming out from Titan Comics after a dearth of new material in recent months. Hopefully with the Disney+ involvement we will see more Whoniverse comics from them in the future. Slott is of course a highly experienced comic book writer and his stories here are well thought out and captivating. I enjoyed his use of Martha as she is my favorite NuWho companion. Her presence in the strip makes up for presence of the overused Tenth Doctor in the story. The two page spread featuring the cameos of past Doctors is fantastically drawn but the art in the main story was not to my taste. The Mike Collins art in the backup Ninth Doctor strip was very good. 7 out of 10.