This has to be one of the oddest crossover comics I’ve read. I’m sure there are stranger ones out there, but putting these two science fiction universes into the same one is just odd. I’m a fan of both Doctor Who and Star Trek, but for some reason the idea of them existing in the same universe just did not sit right with me. I decided to read the comic anyway and see how they merged these two very different worlds. Frankly, after the first issue, so far they have not for the most part.
Star Trek The Next Generation – Doctor Who Assimilation #1 starts off with a Federation planet being attacked by the Borg without warning. In an unrepresented move the Borg attack first without first calling for Star Fleet to surrender to be assimilated. However, once the landing parties start appearing we see that it is not just the Borg, but also Cybermen, who have joined the Borg, that are attacking. The first half of the comic shows this initial attack and the Star Fleet personal evacuating and trying to regroup.
The comic then jumps to the Doctor, Amy and Rory who are in ancient Egypt. The trio saves the Pharaoh from an alien disguised as his adviser. There are the normal Doctor Who crazy, cliche escapes. Amy and Rory have been with the Doctor long enough that they now know these types of things are going to happen but they still don’t believe them. After that adventure they head off looking for someplace they can wind down. They land in San Francisco only to see Data in a bar. The story ends at this point with none of the main characters from either show having met yet.
At this point I’m having trouble deciding how I feel about this comic. It still seems weird to have the fairly serious Star Trek and goody Doctor in the same place, and then to have this starting off so slowly. Since they have not actually done anything together yet we’ll have to see how things work out in issue #2 in when it releases next month. Having them drawn in the same style does help merge the two worlds, but it is how they will interact with each other that should be interesting.