I’m back with a Recap/Review of Issue #2 of the Tenth Doctor’s latest adventure. Issue #1 left off with Gabriella and the Doctor getting attacked by a creature who had taken Gabriella’s form (for my Recap/Review of Issue #1 click here).
The Doctor sonics Monster!Gabriella to little effect. Thankfully, the train starts, and Gabriella and the Doctor jump off at the next station.
The monster gives chase.
The Doctor warns Gabriella to look away from the monster. She acquiesces as they attempt to find their way out of the station. (Weirdly, there’s no emergency exit where there should be one.) Cornered, Gabriella pulls out a mirror and turns it on her nightmare self. The creature disappears–all that’s left is a subway guard. The emergency exit reappears, and they escape.
With new information at his fingertips, the Doctor reasons that this creature is putting off a psychic field. He leaves Gabriella to investigate.
After walking the deserted streets, Gabriella returns to the laundromat. She hears a strange noise. With a baseball bat, she accosts her intruder.
It’s the Doctor.
He’s using psychic headgear to track the creatures. To illustrate, he takes Gabriella to the park and allows her to use his device. With it, she’s able to see strange, butterfly-like creatures floating through the air. These are pranavores–good, physic creatures who share earth with mankind and feed off humanity’s positive emotions.
The physic monsters, however, are also in the park. Unlike the pranavores, these creatures don’t feed off good emotions like empathy but rather negative emotions like fear. Their M.O. is to scare their prey until they are able to latch on and use them as a physical host. These cerebravores (as the Doctor terms them) have already scared their home world to death and are now looking for a new world to devour.
The Doctor gives them a chance to leave. They refuse. It’s now up to him to defeat them before they spread outside of New York City.
Thanks to Gabriella, the Doctor discovers they used the washing machines at her family’s laundromat to create a bridge between worlds. He reopens the bridge and jumps through–hoping that he can stop an invasion. Gabriella, in the meantime, protects the laundromat from cerebravores.
Unfortunately, Gabby gets distracted by the appearance of her friend and forgets to protect the back door as well as the front.
I love it when seemingly unexceptional yet clever girls get to run around with the Doctor. The dynamic works because they’re usually the type of character that needs his energy to kick them into gear.
That’s definitely part of the reason that I’m really loving Gabriella a.k.a. Gabby. She’s unhappy with her lot in life, but when she and the Doctor join forces, she quickly discovers she’s capable of helping him fight big, scary monsters.
In this latest issue, Gabby reminds me a lot of Martha–only (so far) she’s better because she’s not dragging around the emotional baggage of having a crush on the Doctor. Like Martha, Gabby’s smart and takes initiative, and to an extent, she keeps up with the Doctor’s logic. That’s really exciting. I don’t want to see Gabby’s time as companion end, but I am interested to see how both she and the Doctor change from working together.
As to the plot, I’m still enjoying the story. The psychic butterflies and their villainous counterparts make for cool aliens. I totally wasn’t expecting the aliens to be outside of the physical plain. I think it makes the bad guys even spookier when they can’t be fought with any sort of physical force (you can’t whack them with a stick, for instance).
Stuff’s getting very dire at the end of this issue, and I’m definitely interested to see how everything plays out.
The Tenth Doctor: Revolutions of Horror #2 is written by Nick Abadzis with art by Elena Casagrande. The third issue comes out September 24th.
Do you have a favorite Doctor Who companion?