Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation² by Scott Tipton and David Tipton

PictureThis is a very exciting crossover between the two television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who. You might worry that, if you’re only familiar with one of them, you might not be able to understand the storyline, if you’re a Star Trek fan and only have a rough understanding of Doctor Who (a face changing alien travels through time and space with his human companions) you’ll get on fine, but if you’re primarily a Doctor Who fan, I will say that you should at least have seen the Star Trek story The Best of Both Worlds to fully understand this.

Anyway, the story goes that the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory are going about their adventures as usual, as are Picard and his crew, when they run into each other. The Doctor soon realises that two universes have been merged and that the Cybermen of his universe have made an alliance with the Borg of Picard’s universe. The Doctor and Picard must then team up to ensure the safety of every universe. Along the way, there is also a brief appearance by the Fourth Doctor as well as Captain Kirk and his Enterprise crew, which is nice.

The majority of the artwork is done by J. K. Woodward and it does look very nice indeed. All of the characters are drawn in an almost photo-realistic way and it makes it easy to imagine this as an actual live action crossover. Having said that, there’s the odd moment when a character will randomly look very weird, and it’s quite jarring.

While the story is generally enjoyable, the thing which bothered me the most was the Doctor’s morality; his ethics here seemed contradictory and hypocritical when you look at his actions in various television appearances. I actually found myself agreeing with Worf, of all people, over the Doctor at one point. I also felt that the ending seemed a little rushed. But ultimately, as a fan of both franchises, this was still something I enjoyed very much indeed.

Rating: 8.8/10

Buy the first half here, and the second half here.

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