Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Year Two #4

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures, Year Two #4Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures, Year Two #4
Written by: Nick Abadzis
Illustrated by:
 Leonardo Romero
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Softcover, 32 pages, Full Color, $3.99


A few years ago someone recommended that I give BBC's Doctor Who TV show a chance. Here's what happened: A marathon, addictive TV-watching-spree that lasted a week, nonstop, virtually 18 hours a day, leaving me a happily-acceptable 6 hours of sleep a day.

With my Doctor Who super-fandom in full effect I felt a little anxious upon hearing that Doctor Who was now being made into a comic book. I adore comic books. But I worried about how well such a brilliant TV show would translate into another storytelling format.

Naturally my anxiety caused me to wait a few months before asking the Doctor Who comic book publisher if I could review and write an accompanying lesson plan for their new storytelling adventure with the Doctor, his friends, and his foes. I also felt so anxious that I waited for a sign to pop-up and call my attention to the first Doctor Who comic book I wanted to start with. That sign appeared in the name of the author of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor's Adventures, Year Two: Nick Abadzis!

Author of one of my all-time favorite graphic novels, Laika, Abadzis' writing and artwork not only changed my perspective on the significance of animals and their relationship to scientific discovery during the Cold War, but also changed my professional outlook on just how literary and powerful certain graphic novels can be when written and illustrated by a true graphic novel genius. This is not to mention the fact that after I wrote that review years ago Nick was so entirely kind to send me a water color "thank you" from himself and Laika. It hangs in my office. All these years later I've also met him a few times in person, and I would also like to point out that he is just the kind of guy you want to support. A grateful, generous, and humble artist who is one of the best storytellers of his graphic novel generation.

With Abadzis' name intuitively calling me to choose this Doctor Who comic book for my initial review of the new series here's the story's setup. The story centers on an injured Doctor, and his companion Gabby, who find and befriend the local medicine man and storyteller Neanderthal named Munmeth. When the Doctor recovers with Munmeth's medicinal help he realizes that Gabby has already befriended Munmeth during his unconsciousness. Here's what the Doctor finds out and what drives the story forward: 1. Gabby feels guilty that homo sapiens like herself were responsible for the ultimate loss of all Neanderthal life 2. Munmeth and the other Neanderthals are in danger from the Sky Hunters 3. Doctor Who and Gabby are also in danger from the Sky Hunters.

With all three of those concerns on the Doctor's mind this comic comes to a climactic end and earns the anticipating-inducing line: "To Be Continued . . ."

English Language Arts Elements of Story

Plots: An injured Doctor and his companion Gabby have landed on an early history earth inhabited by Neanderthals. The Neanderthals are not in danger, however, from the Doctor and Gabby. The Neanderthals, the Doctor, and Gabby are in danger from the Sky Hunters.

Major Characters: The Doctor, Gabby Gonzalez, Munmeth, Wolf Tree Clan, River People, Noomin, Muthmunna, Sky Hunters

Settings: the Tardis, Winter Forrest, Munmeth's cave, the sky, Sky Hunter ships

Themes: Tradition, Time Travel, Action/Adventure, Hunts, Medicine and Healing, Signs and Symbols

Reading Recommendations Using the Common Core Standards For Young Adult Readers

Key Ideas and details
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
* The number(s) referenced above corresponds to the number used by the Common Core Standards (www.commoncore.org)
Lesson Idea for Young Adult Readers

The many strong relationships between characters and themes is key to understanding any Doctor Who story. For that reason, educators should have an intense discussion focusing on both characters and themes. The below graphic organizer provides educators with a graphic organizer for note-taking or recording just such a critical discussion.

Doctor Who Character

Relevant Theme(s)





































































Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2014); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (2015). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her three wiener dogs, Samantha, Max, and Alex Morgan Monnin.