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Revolutions of Terror
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Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Gabby
Main enemy: The Cerebravores
Main setting: New York City and Unnamed planet, 30-31 October, 21st century
Key crew
Publisher: Titan Comics
Editor: Andrew James
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Cover by: Alice Zhang (regular), Elena Casagrande (subscription incentive)
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Colourist: Arianna Florean
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt
Release details
Printed in: 10D 1-3
Release date: 23 July - 8 October 2014
Cover date: August - October 2014
Reprinted in: Doctor Who Comic #1-3
Traded in: Revolutions of Terror
Format: Comic
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Revolutions of Terror was the three-part premiere story of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor comic strip series published in 2014. It introduced the Tenth Doctor's new companion, Gabriella "Gabby" Gonzalez.

Summary Edit

Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family's New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things.

So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations - talking about an infestation of psychic aliens - she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands.

After Donna's tragic exit, the Doctor thought he was done with new companions. But Gabby Gonzalez is going to prove him wrong... if she survives the night!

Plot Edit

Part one Edit

The day before Halloween, and the annual Day of the Dead celebration by Mexicans, Gabby is working at her father's laundromat together with her friend, Cindy, when the tumble dryers go haywire. Gabby sees a sort of monster-like shadow coming out of the machines, but they evaporate before her eyes.

Later that day, while Gabby is having an argument with her parents in the kitchen of their restaurant, "The Castillo Mexicano", the Doctor orders some food from her sister. Before he can eat it, he dashes out of the restaurant after receiving a signal on a device of his. Shortly afterwards, Gabby's grandmother claims to have seen her deceased husband's soul writhing in agony in a photograph of him. Her future brother-in-law, Hector, also sees a monster.

In the city, while following the signal, the Doctor sees a baby change into a horrific creature, before abruptly reverting to normal when the Doctor's device registers a signal coming from it.

When taking the subway back from accounting class the same evening, a monstrous creature overtakes the subway, and Gabby runs into the Doctor, who takes her hand and pulls out his sonic screwdriver.

Part two Edit

The sonic has no effect on the monster (a horrific manifestation of Gabby), and as the train approaches the platform they run and leap off onto the station. It uses a psychic field to create the illusion of no escape, however by not looking at the monster and reflecting its face onto itself, she shortens out the psychic field. Gabby is intrigued by who the Doctor is, however he leaves for his TARDIS, telling her to forget about him.

On Halloween, Gabby avoids her work shift and goes exploring, knocks on the TARDIS in the park but backs out. She finds the laundromat is unlocked, and raises a baseball bat. The Doctor emerges from the backroom wearing a headset, as she whacks him on the head. Gabby asks more questions, and he says that he is the Doctor. In the park, he passes Gabby the headset to see the Pragnavores, a non-corporeal alien that exists in a interdimensional psychosphere surrounding the earth at various faults and feeds off human empathy. The Cerebravores attack the Pragnavores, and the Doctor takes back the headset and grabs a microphone to confront the Pragnavores, telling them the planet is protected under the Shadow Proclamation.

The Pragnavores manifest themselves within a group of city workers, turning them into their worst fears. Gabby theorises that they came through the washing machines, so they head to the laundromat. Suddenly, a Cerebravore attacks Gabby's mind, and she and the Doctor flee from monsters into the laudromat. The Doctor realises that the kinetic movement of the washing machine creates a bridge into their world, and if they increased their power, they would be able to invade the earth from multiple points. The Doctor travels through the portal, only to find murdered Fleshkind hosts of the Cerebravores. Whilst Gabby barricades herself from a possessed version of her friend Cindy, a Cerebravore wraps its tongue around the Doctor.

Part three Edit

The Cerebravore searches through the Doctor's memories, however he is able to defeat the Cerebravore using his sonic screwdriver, freeing a Fleshkind. She was forced to weaponise the Cerebravore, removing their benignity and hive mind and turning them into telepathic hunters - who in turn destroyed her own world.

On Earth, Gabby's family is wondering where she is; she is faced by telepathic projections in the laundromat. Singing, she enters her wallet into the washing machine to extend the portal. The Doctor falls through the portal, narrowly avoiding a Cerebravore. Passing the headset to the Doctor, they run from the laundromat roof back to the TARDIS. In the TARDIS, Gabby asks the Doctor if he is an alien. The Doctor makes adjustments to the headset to use it as an Empathetic Field Amplifier. Trinity Wells warns New York residents to avoid the Brooklyn area, particularly Sunset Park, with public transport and communications shut-off. The Doctor tells Gabby she needs to keep singing.

Evading Cerebravores, they are able to locate her family celebrating the Day of the Dead ceremony in the cemetery. She introduces the Doctor to her family, but the festivities are soon interrupted by the approaching Cerebravores. Creating an orchestra of song, the Cerebravores are contained within the cemetery and by punching the button on the Empathetic Field Amplifier, it amplifies the song, destroying the laundromat and removing the spirits of the Cerebravores across the city. Gabby is scared to face up to her father, however he is proud of her and tells her to follow her dreams. The Doctor speculates that the Pragnavores may have made him kinder. Having accepted a meal with the family, Gabby has worked out that the TARDIS can travel through space and wants to travel with him, seeing him as a better teacher than any college. However, the Doctor is wary as "friends of mine have been hurt" recently and they agree to part ways, telling her to have a "brilliant life" and to "keep singing". However, when she says a saying of her grandmother's, "no song should end too soon", resembling Carmen's prophecy, he agrees to one trip.

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  1. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=58226: Andrew James "He's just rejected Christina De Souza as a potential companion -- so what makes Gabriella Gonzalez from Brooklyn any different?"

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