Doctor Who: Room with A Deja View #1
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Doctor Who: Room with A Deja View #1

Writer: Rich Johnston Artist: Eric J Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 22, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 24, 2009

    In a way, former "All the Rage" gossip monger Rich Johnston pays homage to the brilliant television episode "Blink." Johnston though does not mimic Moffat. He instead crafts an entirely new story proving the Doctor to be a cunning linguist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 5, 2009

    Many people only know Rich Johnston from his work as an online gossip columnist, but he really shows his fiction writing chops here, catching the distinctive voice of David Tennant's 10th Doctor and delivering a really hard to create backwards conversation that takes up the center of the book. The plot is such that you actually have to read certain pages again backwards in order for it to become clear, and it's a clever little bit of plotting. The art, by Eric J. gives us a really expressive Doctor, and some interesting alien designs, with a nice thick art line and some crisp linework throughout. Structurally, mechanically, the issue is fascinating, and the story (while very simple) is very 'Doctor Who' in it's tone and execution. I wasn't sure what to expect from this issue, wondering if it might be a celebrity-written trainwreck, but it pulls it's own weight as a comic, as a story, and as a one-shot worth the cover price. I am a Doctor Who fan, and we can be a hard to impre Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Mania - Chris Smits Jul 20, 2009

    As a casual fan of Doctor Who, I still picked up on Johnston's portrayal of the character and it felt right. You could see this as an episode of the show and his handling of the Doctor is consistent with the way he's handled on the small screen. The almost puzzle-like form of the story isn't perfect but it is interesting. Johnston's use of a character that's living "backwards" is risky in the fact that the stories success hinges on whether the reader is ok with that or not. There's more to it than just the murder mystery that I mentioned above, but if the reader doesn't go with the reverse format that shares the book then it's a lost cause. I admire the chances that were taken and also that those same chances didn't take anything away from the fun of the story for me, but that's going to be a very subjective thing from reader to reader. I thought that it dodged the bullet of being strictly about form because there's still a decent tale at it's heart and for that I'm grading i Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Matt Ampersand Jul 21, 2009

    The only thing stopping me from giving this a "Must Read" is the fact that I have no point of reference to compare this with other Dr. Who comics. Maybe this is all standard fare in the franchise, but from the point of view of a newcomer, this was a very entertaining exercise in comicstyle science fiction and a very clever take on the perception of time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Addiction - Andrew Griffiths Jul 20, 2009

    Dj Vu is well written, conveying to doctor and surrounding characters in enough depth that you can really feel they are feeling, but unfortunately, the story isnt really that enthralling. While having to flit around and read things backwards adds interest it just doesnt make up for whats already missing. I was really hoping that this would break the mould and change my opinion of TV to Comic adaptations, but for now it seems that will have to wait till another time. Read Full Review

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