Written by: Robbie Morrison
Art by: Dave Taylor
Publisher: Titan Comics
Following on from the success of the tenth and eleventh doctor comics comes a third series featuring the twelfth doctor played by Peter Capaldi. Being a huge fan of the current incarnation of the time lord I was excited to get my hands on the new Titan series, especially given the strength of their previous offerings. Thankfully this is a strong debut which should satisfy all 12th doctor fans.
One of the main strengths I found with this issue was how it managed to nail the portrayal of the two main stars, particular the twelfth doctor himself. Given that this series was written long before the new series actually aired I was worried with how he’d be presented, though thankfully outside of a few strange word choices towards the beginning he manages to sound very similar to the tv show version. He carries with him a very distinct Hartnell feeling, an old curmudgeon with a definite playful side glimpsed throughout the issue. There’s also a scene in which he pays homage to one of his previous doctors traits, while I won’t spoil it I found the scene pretty funny and it should get a laugh out of classic who fans. As well as The Doctor, Morrison also manages to present Clara pretty well too, she feels likeable and very in line with her series 8 portrayal so fans of the character should enjoy her here.
The story has a very classic who feeling, from the creepy (yet humorous) opening to the last page reveal leading to a cliffhanger it almost seems to have sprung straight from the mid-70s era Doctor Who episodes, with fantastical worlds on display without pesky budget constraints. The story hits upon some real life issues in a satirical and admittedly creative manner however despite it being pretty on the nose it never feels preachy or distracting and instead gives the issue quite a bit of charm outside of the monster hijinks. The only place the issue really drags is the middle in which the exposition is laid on pretty thick, even managing to put the doctor to sleep. Given that this is a multi-part story however the pacing should hopefully improve with the set-up out of the way.
Dave Taylor presents the world in a manner which is pleasing to the eyes. He’s tasked with drawing a lot of visually different scenes from the TARDIS interior to thick jungle lands to molten underground caverns, it all looks great. The characters themselves are drawn very accurately too, including Capaldi’s intense eyebrows, which again makes the comic feel authentic and is a great transition from the screen to the page.
Overall, this is another strong showing in Titan’s line of Doctor Who comics. If you’re a fan of the newest iteration of the time lord then you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Even if you’re a classic who fan then I’d recommend this, the story definitely has that sort of classic feel around it and make you feel right at home. With the newest series coming to an end soon it’ll be great to have these to read while we wait for the show to return; it’s a great time to be a Whovian.