WHO'S NEXT

The Doc­tor and Sarah Jane are back on fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Ti­tan Comics has been on a Who pub­lish­ing frenzy of late, with well- re­ceived ti­tles for Doc­tors Eight through Twelve. Their next minis­eries, how­ever, fea­tures per­haps the best- loved Time Lord of them all. Writ­ten by Gor­don Ren­nie and Emma Beeby, with art by Brian Wil­liamson, “Gaze Of The Me­dusa” finds Tom Baker’s Fourth Doc­tor and Sarah Jane Smith to­gether again.

“It’s the clas­sic Doc­tor, the clas­sic com­pan­ion and a hor­ror story set in Vic­to­rian Lon­don,” Ren­nie tells Red Alert. “It sums up ev­ery­thing that worked best in those years when the show was fir­ing on all cylin­ders.”

Beeby be­lieves that the Fourth Doc­tor and Sarah Jane’s re­la­tion­ship has much in com­mon with the bond be­tween Peter Ca­paldi’s Time Lord and Clara. “Sarah is the model for the new se­ries com­pan­ion,” she says. “She holds her own against the Daleks, while still hav­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity.”

Ren­nie re­veals that the Doc­tor will be don­ning some fa­mil­iar garb in the five- is­sue se­ries. “We’ve got him wear­ing the Sher­lock Holmes get- up from ‘ The Talons Of Weng- Chi­ang’,” he says. “There’s also a ref­er­ence to a mon­ster from the cur­rent era, al­though the Doc­tor hasn’t met them yet. And he may even bump into the an­ces­tor of one of ev­ery­one’s favourite UNIT mem­bers...”

Doc­tor Who: The Fourth Doc­tor # 1 is pub­lished by Ti­tan Comics on 23 March.

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