Doc­tor Who

The Three Doc­tors

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Ti­tan Comics Writ­ers: Nick Abadzis, Al Ewing, Rob Wil­liams, Rob­bie Mor­ri­son Artists: Elena Casagrande, Dave Tay­lor, Si­mon Fraser

There have

been many dif­fer­ent ranges of Doc­tor Who comics, but Ti­tan Comics’ may be the most am­bi­tious yet, com­pris­ing three on­go­ing monthly se­ries. That’s one each for the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doc­tors. What, no Ec­cles?

The Tenth Doc­tor range, by Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande, lands the TARDIS in New York and quickly pairs the Doc­tor up with new com­pan­ion Gabby, just as a wave of psy­chic at­tacks hit the city.

With a glib, quippy hero, love as a force that can de­feat con­quer­ing armies and lots of ver­bal call- backs to past ad­ven­tures, this is un­mis­tak­ably Ten­nant’s Doc­tor. The story is stretched at three is­sues, though, and while Casagrande’s art is good, the book never rises above be­ing just a de­cent pas­tiche.

The Eleventh Doc­tor ti­tle, by Al Ewing and Si­mon Fraser ( aided by Rob Wil­liams on the first is­sue), is much bet­ter. It takes a more episodic ap­proach and has a stronger fo­cus on char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion thanks to new com­pan­ion Alice, who brings a dash of re­al­ity to a se­ries fea­tur­ing space dogs and sin­is­ter theme parks. It’s smart, funny and of­ten mov­ing.

At the time of writ­ing we’re only one is­sue in with the surly Twelfth Doc­tor, but Rob­bie Mor­ri­son’s story is fun ( if rather slight) and the di­a­logue is suf­fi­ciently snarky. Dave Tay­lor’s art is strong on the alien land­scapes, but less hot on the character like­nesses. Still, it’s a promis­ing first in­stal­ment, and over­all this is a strong start to Ti­tan’s time with the TARDIS. Will Sal­mon The Twelfth Doc­tor de­but has 32 al­ter­nate cov­ers avail­able across dif­fer­ent re­tail­ers. Some are lovely; oth­ers, bloody hideous...

At­tack eye­brows: ex­tra hatch­ing.

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