Doctor Who: Once Upon A Time Lord #1 Advance Review: As Good As The Best Episodes Of The TV Series

doctor who once upon a time lord advance review

Doctor Who superfan Dan Slott finally gets his chance to write the Time Lord in Doctor Who: Once Upon a Time Lord #1. Along for the ride? The Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, and more!

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Doctor Who: Once Upon A Time Lord #1 Review:

In the oversized issue, Martha Jones is captured by beings called the Pyromeths and forced to tell them stories of the Doctor. Host Alex Zalben pointed out that Dan Slott is one of the biggest Doctor Who fans around, and doesn’t miss his shot at finally getting to write a story for the franchise.

However, what drew Zalben in was that, “even stronger than as a Doctor Who story this is a great Dan Slott story. This is like classic Dan Slott, knows literally everything about this continuity, knows how to make it work in a way that is accessible for new readers, and draws you in with a tightly woven tale.”

Added Zalben, “I thought this was absolutely phenomenal, and if it was on TV, it would stand up with some of the best episodes of Doctor Who.”

But don’t take a Doctor Who fan’s word for it: the other hosts (who don’t watch Doctor Who) loved the issue, too. Said Pete Lepage, “I was surprised and I love this… Doctor Who misses me a lot of the time… I’ve tried to watch it. I’ve tried to read other comics… But this was, I found, very enjoyable. It got a little meta at times, which usually turns me away, but I thought it was really impressive.”

As for more Doctor Who? LePage added, “Dan Slott’s a huge fan but I think he did an amazing job. I hope he gets to write some more.”

Doctor Who: Once Upon a Time Lord #1 hits stores on October 31 from Titan Comics.

Doctor Who: Once Upon A Time Lord #1 Official Synopsis:

Eisner Award-Winning Spider-Man writer Dan Slott makes his Doctor Who debut.

In order to survive the fiery Pyromeths, Martha Jones must spin three sensational yarns about the Tenth Doctor and his greatest adventures with old and new foes alike!

An epic story that sees companion Martha Jones captured by the insatiable Pyromeths, and her only hope for survival is to keep them distracted with sensational untold tales of the Tenth Doctor facing off against his greatest foes–both classic and new!

Witness the incredible adventures of the Tenth Doctor like never-before! You’ll be on the edge of your Tardis as Martha recounts three unbelievable tales of The Doctor facing off against his deadliest foes!

Dan Slott’s incredible Doctor Who comics debut reveals his love for the franchise, featuring cameos from multiple Doctors and their enemies, including the Daleks and Cybermen! Fans will also delight at the special bonus story starring the Ninth Doctor and Rose!

Bursting straight out of the long-running hit television series, this Doctor Who collection continues the time-traveling tales of the Doctor and friends.

Buy it, read it, then travel back in time to read it for the first time all over again…!

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