Saturday, 19 January 2013

Star Trek Doctor Who #8

This is the final episode or I should say issue of what has been an intriguing if not always dynamic story, the action takes place on a Cyber ship as the Doctor, his companions and the Enterprise crew try to stop the assimilation of the Borg by the Cybermen. The Doctor is with Picard and Data searching out the Cyber Controller so they can download a pure copy of the Borg Executive to the Cyber corrupted Borg collective, while Rory and Amy are with Worf and his team trying to cripple the engines of the Cyber ship before it reaches the Borg world.

The action comes thick and fast as the story jumps between both teams as the Doctor, Data and Picard battle hoards of Cybermen and Worf's team set about their task and you wont be surprised to learn both teams manage to pull off (Spoilers be quite River). The full on action does feel disjointed as there is so much going on as the two sets of teams try to achieve their end goals, I was also sceptical that a battle hardened warrior such as Worf would allow Rory and Amy to carry around guns. The gun aspect for the two companions was something that didn't sit well with me, and seemed out of character to see Amy firing one given her stance she took in resent episodes of the series.

The final scenes back on the Tardis where the Borg try to assimilate the Tardis are handled very well and are a reminder that the Tardis is just not a ship, add to that the panel where the Doctor say he can get the team back to the Enterprise and Picard says ''Make it so'', and you had this fan boy punching the air.

Overall this has been an enjoyable series and the artwork by JK Woodward has been nothing short of spectacular throughout the entire run, he has captured the likeness of all the characters and his eye for detail is something to behold. However, I do feel that the story overall wrapped up too quickly which is an unusual thing to say about an 8 issue mini series, but everything seemed rushed in this final issue when I feel at least another issue would have been the order of the day. That been said if you are a fan of either or both franchises then this is essential reading for you and you wont be too disappointed, and given the final panel it may not be the last time we see a crossover between these two again, once the Doctors 50th anniversary celebrations are completed.

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