Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Simon Fraser
Three issues in and Titan Comics new Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor series is progressing very nicely. Being a huge Doctor Who fan it’s been great to have a fantastic comic to return to each month in addition to the main television series, this latest issues is no exception.
I’m really enjoying the episodic direction the series is taking but with hints at a larger arc; it allows each issue to stand on its own and both tell a great story and be new reader friendly while still providing a larger story for fans who stick with the series. It’s very reminiscent of the form of Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who series, so fans of those should feel right at home here.
It seems that writers Al Ewing and Rob Williams will be alternating issues, with the latter writing this issue to great effect. The humour is simply dripping through the pages with the comic managing to make me laugh out loud on several occasions. Williams absolutely nails the 11th doctor and all his dialogue is pitch perfect, it’s impossible not to hear Matt’s voice every time you read his lines. The story itself is also full of laughs, with even simple things like the captions managing to get a chuckle out of me. The supporting characters are also very well done in this issue, new companion Alice is developing nicely, her sombre mood a stark difference to most of the companions on the show (as the doctor himself even points out) and even the guest stars manage to be fun characters despite their brief appearance. What I also found nice was the references for long-time Whovians, it was hugely pleasurable to see that Williams is just a big Who fan as the readership.
Simon Fraser manages to once again completely blow away my expectations with the art which, unlike most licensed comics, carries with it a tremendous amount of personality and style that suits the doctor’s world down to a T. While Fraser has so far excelled in portraying Matt’s ruber-bodied doctor and created a fantastically bright and energetic world, he really manages to shift the series into sinister territory this issue. The brain washed mob enclosing in on the doctor is actually a pretty creepy moment which Fraiser renders perfectly, showcasing the scary heights Doctor Who can often reach.
Really, my only problem with the issue is the conclusion, it’s just all over way too fast. The story is expertly paced at the beginning drew me into the mystery, with me on the edge of my seat towards the end. Unfortunately, after introducing all these great elements and characters expertly it feels like it ends too suddenly. I almost wish this issue had been a two-parter like the show often does, it would’ve given the brilliant supporting cast more time to shine as well as carry the suspense more.
Despite this however, this still manages to be a highly entertaining comic fully worthy of the Doctor Who licence. If you’re a fan of the show then this is something you definitely want to check out, even if you’ve never seen the show I’d still recommend this book if you want to know why the show is so good. This series is setting the bar for how to do licenced adaptations right, can hardly wait for the next issue!