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  • Acceptable Political Targets: Even more so than the television show, the comic is merciless towards far right politics.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced:
    • Jenny, the Doctor's Daughter, comes back in The Lost Dimension.
    • Old Friends finally introduces the Corsair.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The Ninth Doctor is a Jerkass on a good day but he really played up this attitude in Weapons of Past Destruction. It was toned down in following issues.
    • Likewise, after sitting out Four Doctors, he gets to play a role in Supremacy of the Cybermen and has a Big Damn Heroes moment in The Lost Dimension.
    • The Silurian redesign is finally explained as the ones seen in the new series are the warrior caste.
  • Base Breaker: Julie d'Aubigny in Terror of the Cabinet Noir. A Crazy Awesome Action Girl or a borderline Jerkass who is needlessly abrasive to even the Twelfth Doctor?
  • Broken Base:
    • The huge amount of companions in Year Two of The Eleventh Doctor. Some say this makes it interesting, other say it makes it hard to follow. Not helping is how serialized that storyline is compared to the other Year Two titles.
    • Year Two of The Twelfth Doctor. The original plan was to feature Clara all the way through but when she left, several Canon Foreigners filled in her role. While some like that Twelve got to expand his universe, others feel that the series as a whole suffered from some inconsistency.
    • The Thirteenth Doctor comics. Much like Series 11 in the show, the Revisiting the Roots approach, half sci-fi/half educational, along with the Anvilicious nature of addressing the Doctor now being a woman, has been met with a mixed reception. A further point of contention, which really didn't help things, was the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor ongoings being cancelled to make room for this one.
  • The Tenth Doctor showing up as a one-off in Year Two of The Thirteenth Doctor was fine. That the very next story featured another team up between Ten and Thirteen has caused a bit more contention. Some are happy to see more Ten, others feel that he's becoming a Spotlight-Stealing Squad and that Doctor Who has lots of other old content to revisit.
  • Catharsis Factor: Mickey finally tells off the Ninth Doctor in The Transformed.
  • Character Derailment: One gets the impression that the original staff of writers didn't like Rose very much, playing up her Dumb Blonde and Clingy Jealous Girl moments, having her get captured or wander into danger more often, and excluding her from ever doing anything in the Crisis Crossovers. Her only real "Rose" moment is in Doctormania when she tries to help the Slitheen that had kidnapped her.
    • Though it could be Character Development on their parts, even Mickey, from the Tenth Doctor's era, and the Twelfth Doctor doesn't seem very fond of Rose. Mickey seems contemptuous of her and Twelve casually says that he's not only over her but embarrassed by how sentimental he got when she was around. Again, it could be Character Development but it really sounds like the writers taking a pot shot at how vocal her fans are.
  • Continuity Lock Out: Quite a large complaint about The Eleventh Doctor. While the other series suffered from it to varying extents, The Eleventh Doctor was quite a fair bit more serialized than its fellows.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • The Third Doctor miniseries.
    • Supremacy of the Cybermen. Using Time Lord technology, the Cybermen go on a galactic blitzkrieg.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Josie seems quite popular despite only appearing in one miniseries. Helped that she's with the Eighth Doctor, himself an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The Good Companion for Gabby. Sure she gets to travel with Twelve, who likewise gets his friend back, but if Ten takes Cindy back home, then she'll tell Gabby's family that their daughter can never return, making it unlikely that Gabby can ever go home.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The ultimate fates of all the original companions are up in the air.
  • First Installment Wins: Played with. Of the first three ongoings, Twelfth Doctor: Year One was considered the best. When Growing the Beard and/or Seasonal Rot set in, then The Tenth Doctor series, the first one released, was considered the best. And when The Thirteenth Doctor was released, then all three prior series were considered superior.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Martha's unrequited love for the Tenth Doctor becomes this when it's shown that the Doctor has been aware, since before he regenerated into the man who met her, that she's destined to end up Happily Married to Mickey. Factor in how much Ten adored Mickey and it just warms your heart.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Natalie, a one-off character from The Fourth Wall, looks near identical to Twelve's televised companion, Bill.
    • Supremacy of the Cybermen was essentially the Series 12 finale four years before it happened.
      • The remnant of the Cybermen at the end of the universe teamed up with a rogue Time Lord, the Master on-screen, Rassilon in the comic. There's even a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment, though the Cybermen do it here while the Master did it on the television.
      • The Doctor's escape involves channelling their mental powers and overloading the system.
      • Even the crux is built on the Cybermen harvesting regeneration energy. Though here, the energy is deadly to them and they want to use it for "In Their Own Image" purposes while they incorporated it into themselves in "The Timeless Children."
    • Likewise, as "The Timeless Children" tried to incorporate some aspects of the Cartmel Masterplan, the Eleventh Doctor's Lost Dimension issue essentially adapted it already.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • It's debatable whether or not The Twelfth Doctor series did this in Year Two, see Broken Base above, but The Tenth Doctor definitely did, especially when Cindy joined the TARDIS.
    • As brief was it was, Thirteenth Doctor: Year Two was much better received than its predecessor.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Thirteenth Doctor: Year Two opened with a team-up between Thirteen and the Tenth Doctor as well as the Weeping Angels coming back. Needless to say, that drew a lot of readers who weren't huge fans of Thirteen's era.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • As the stories can't contradict the TV episodes, and most of the characters' later appearances means that they're Saved by Canon, the high stakes and near-death Cliffhangers can sometimes feel a bit forced. It's especially bad in the Ninth Doctor series as it's entirely set between "The Doctor Dances" and "Boom Town." Supremacy of the Cybermen is the big offender. There's no way that the Cybermen would have been allowed to rewrite reality.
    • Gabby and the Tenth Doctor not reuniting at the end of The Good Companion. Which is why it came as a huge surprise that they didn't.
  • Narm: In Doctormania, Nine protests that the Mecha-Mooks are not the real Chumblies, speaking of the originals like they're some great threat. Considering what the real Chumblies look like, it's very hard to take that seriously.
  • Narm Charm: The Third Doctor miniseries is clearly meant to be as hammy as possible. And it is wonderful for it.
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap: Though The Thirteenth Doctor taking the spot of the previous ongoings is a point of contention, readers do generally agree that the comic staff are writing Thirteen and her fam much better than Chibnall.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • It already suffers from massive Continuity Lock Out, but The Eleventh Doctor seems to get this every year.
    • The second half of The Twelfth Doctor: Year Two (the part without Clara) to some, as said under Broken Base. The major complaints are the inconsistent tone of the stories, the rather mediocre companions, and the fact that the stories could be told with any Doctor, not just Twelve.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • Doctormania. Even if that show is Doctor Who, you shouldn't let a television show rule your life.
    • Even if the moral borders on Space Whale Aesop, The Bidding War is very blunt in saying how social media has great control over people's lives. If you publish information about yourself freely, you could get into serious trouble.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Neither the Ponds nor Clara appear in the Eleventh Doctor's stories. The latter is a bit more forgivable since she was appearing with Twelve at the time but it's still a shame given the chemistry that those two had. Indeed, the fact that Eleven and Clara didn't get more stories together was Matt Smith's greatest regret about leaving the show when he did.
      • There's also quite a lack of River in his stories.
    • Any classic Doctor who didn't get a miniseries. The War Doctor, a popular Ensemble Darkhorse, was also limited to just guest-starring in other series.
    • In The Lost Dimension, all of the companions of the Eight, Tenth, and Twelfth Doctors meet when their Doctors meet up. Though Nine is there, Rose Tyler was noticeably left behind to the ire of her fans. Per Word of God, Rose doesn't get to meet other companions because her Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies would get in the way of the story.
    • Despite it being hyped up that Jenny, the Doctor's Daughter, returned in The Lost Dimension, she plays no role in the story. At the end, the Ninth Doctor returns her back where she came from with no follow-up, despite how eager she was to meet up with the Twelfth Doctor.
    • As always, people always wanted more Missy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The Eleventh Doctor is the longest lived incarnation (clocking in at 1200 years) yet all his stories take place within the gap from Series 5 to 6 (while Amy and Rory are on their honeymoon which only lasted a year) and never choose to touch on his massive lifespan or his 200 year long Last Dance.
    • The Tenth Doctor retro-regenerates back to the Ninth in The Fountains of Forever. Surely then we can have some fun with Nine right? Nope, it only lasts for a few panels.
    • During the Crisis Crossovers, the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors never learn that Gallifrey still exists. Even during moments where them not figuring out from the available evidence borders on them being Too Dumb to Live.
    • Supremacy of the Cybermen is Four Lines, All Waiting (actually Thirteen Lines, All Waiting as the pre-Nine Doctors just get cameos) and doesn't feature any of the Doctors interacting with one another. It's not even very clear why the other Doctors had to be there as the Twelfth handled it all with some help from Rassilon.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Issue 1 of The Third Doctor ends with the Second Doctor showing up! And it's not the Second Doctor. It's his Identical Stranger one-off foe, Ramón Salamander making the whole series a Sequel Episode to "The Enemy of the World", something no one saw coming.
    • The Time Sentinels and Abslom Daak both come from rather obscure parts of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, making their appearances rather unexpected.
    • Year 3 of The Tenth Doctor had a surprise appearance from the Twelfth Doctor.
    • The flashback in The Bidding War marked the return of the Great Vampires.
    • The Lost Dimension brought back Jenny, the Doctor's Daughter who'd received only one, non-speaking, cameo since her introduction.
  • What an Idiot!: The Ninth Doctor in Weapons of Past Destruction when he loudly announces that he's a Time Lord. To be fair, the comic, Jack, and Rose rightly treat him as such.

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