DOC­TOR WHO Doc­tor’s Or­ders

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Jtenth an­niver­sary of Doc­tor Who’s re­turn, Ti­tan is adding Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston’s Ninth Doc­tor to their sta­ble of Who comics. Writ­ten by Who- ology au­thor Ca­van Scott and il­lus­trated by Blair Shedd, the five- is­sue minis­eries will fo­cus on the Time Lord’s most over­looked mod­ern in­car­na­tion.

“There’s no get­ting away from how im­por­tant Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston was for Doc­tor Who,” Scott tells Red Alert. “As Rus­sell T Davies has said, Ec­cle­ston kicked the door open again af­ter the show had been off the air for so long. Peo­ple sat up and took no­tice of his cast­ing, and he to­tally dom­i­nates the screen in each and ev­ery scene of those 13 sto­ries.

“The Ninth def­i­nitely has a dark­ness to him as he’s some­one who’s learn­ing how to be the Doc­tor again, af­ter the hor­rors of the Time War,” con­tin­ues Scott. “He’s quick to anger – as we show in the comic – but there’s also a light­ness to him. Watch the episodes again and you’ll be sur­prised just how much en­thu­si­asm and sheer joy em­anates from him.”

More cos­mic than the Ninth Doc­tor’s TV ad­ven­tures, “Weapons Of Past De­struc­tion” finds the Doc­tor deal­ing with the im­me­di­ate con­se­quences of the Time Lords’ dis­ap­pear­ance. “With Gal­lifrey ap­par­ently de­stroyed, there’s a vac­uum of power,” ex­plains Scott. “So would an­other race of time trav­ellers step up to po­lice the Time Vor­tex? Would they be bet­ter or worse at it? And how would the Doc­tor re­act to some­one step­ping into his peo­ple’s shoes?”

De­scrib­ing them as a “some­times forgotten TARDIS trio”, Cap­tain Jack and Rose Tyler are also along for the ride. “They’re so much fun to write. We only saw Jack and Rose to­gether for a few episodes on TV, but their dy­namic to­gether is great. There’s lots of ban­ter and quips, and they don’t let the Doc­tor get away with any­thing!” Weapons Of Past De­struc­tion is avail­able from Wed­nes­day 11 March.

The comic fea­tures a less broody Cap­tain Jack, be­fore he be­came im­mor­tal.

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