DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS
Time Lord team- up
Out of all of Doctor Who’s many storytelling devices, multi- Doctor stories are one of the biggest challenges – they’re great fun in principle, but, in the wrong hands, can easily end up as jumbled exercises in showy continuity references. Thankfully, when Titan Comics decided to throw a team- up event across their Who titles they asked Paul Cornell to write it, and he’s done a great job crafting a big, bold, multipleincarnation romp.
In this weekly five- issue series ( the final instalment of which wasn’t available for review thanks to production delays), the story kicks off when Clara discovers a picture of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors together with the Twelfth – a meeting that might just end the universe. Despite Clara’s best efforts, the meeting takes place, and the Doctors are caught in a trap that connects back to the Time War…
While the plot gets a little convoluted at times, Cornell has pulled off some deft surprises here ( including the fact that despite an appearance from John Hurt’s War Doctor, the “Four Doctors” line- up isn’t what you’d expect). He also perfectly channels the mannerisms of each different incarnation, while using the story to examine the Doctor’s character in illuminating ways.
Neil Edwards’s art is also lots of fun, striking the right balance between capturing likenesses and giving the story plenty of visual energy. Four Doctors may not be quite as focused or polished a multi- Doctor romp as the 50th anniversary special, but Cornell has still accomplished an inventive thrill ride that’s recommended reading for dedicated Who fans. Saxon Bullock
Do fear the Reapers.