The Ninth Doctor’s The Cruel Sea!

Following in the same vein as Doctor Who Magazine collections like The FloodNemesis of the Daleks and Hunters of the Burning Stone, the Ninth Doctor adventures from 2005 will be getting the graphic novel treatment this May!

The Cruel Sea is expected to collect together stories by Gareth Roberts (The Unicorn and the Wasp; Closing Time); former-DWM editor, Clayton Hickman; Dalek‘s Robert Shearman; artist, Mike Collins; and possibly the awesome Scott Gray. Collins also provides artwork throughout.
The Ninth Doctor and Rose’s debut comic strip, The Love Invasion, is a refreshing romp in 1960s London, followed by the fun Art Attack!, written and drawn by Mike Collins. The Cruel Sea, which lends its name to the whole collection, is an absolute masterpiece; wonderfully atmospheric and surreal. Rose’s dream sequence is particularly effective, playing off that final iconic scene in Rose.

Here’s hoping that the 132-page graphic novel also features the 2006 Annual tale (written by Gray, with art by John Ross), Mr. Nobody. It concludes with Gareth Roberts exploring the world of Shakespeare two years early (well, sort of) in A Groatsworth of Wit – could the adventure have inspired The Shakespeare Code?

9th Doctor - The Cruel Sea

The stories have been collected together before quite a few years ago as a DWM Special, but it’s nice to see they’re getting another look-in nearly eight years after they premiered.

Expected to be released on 23rd May 2014, you can pre-order The Cruel Sea from Amazon UK for just £11.62. It’s guaranteed to be fantastic!


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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