DOCTOR WHO Doctor’s Orders
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.