DOC­TOR WHO: FOUR DOC­TORS

Time Lord team- up

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Cor­nell’s next novel, the third in the Shadow Po­lice se­ries, is due out in June 2016. It’s called Who Killed Sher­lock Holmes?.

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

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