Over the past few years, I’ve rekindled my love for Doctor Who. I grew up on the Russel T Davies era and got back into the franchise after the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor. Doctor Who gives me a very pure and nostalgic sense of joy, and I have found myself going back to it through this horrendous year. Re-watches, audiobooks, short stories—you name it. I have frequently curled up on the sofa and wasted hours engrossed in the Doctor’s and co.’s adventures.
Of all things Doctor Who that I have consumed this year, my favorite has probably been Jody Houser’s and artist Roberta Ingranata’s Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor series. The creative team captures the hopeful optimism of the Thirteenth Doctor well, and her current tales with the Tenth Doctor (the best Doctor, in my humble opinion), have been a joy to read. So, when Titan Comics announced earlier this year that Houser and Ingranata would not only be continuing Thirteen’s and Ten’s joint adventures, but that their upcoming series would also feature the brilliant Rose Tyler, I was excited, to say the least.
Doctor Who Comic #1 kicks off this series with the usual fun and enthusiasm that readers have come to expect with Houser and Ingrantana. The issue begins with the Thirteenth Doctor nervously explaining to her companions, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham, that they have accidentally stumbled into an alternate Earth — one taken over by classic Doctor Who villains, the Sea Devils. The ensuing events and dialogue are delightfully amusing — Houser captures the dynamics of this team perfectly, including Graham, whose slightly resigned confusion never fails to make me laugh.
Alongside Thirteen’s adventures, we also follow what this universe’s Rose is up to. Not much is revealed in this issue — Rose is leading some sort of resistance and has been separated from her family. I would have perhaps liked to have seen more of Rose in this instance, particularly in action. However, I have no doubt that there will be more of that to come. A certain moment at the close of the issue has definitely given me the vibe that I will be crying in ensuing installments. So, there is much to look forward to.
As always, Ingrantana’s art, paired with Enrica Eren Angiolini’s coloring, is simply wonderous. The characters are drawn in a way that feels true to their television depiction, with an added sense of expression that comes with the comic medium. Angiolini’s colors give a uniquely intergalactic vibe that makes the issue feel all that more special.
Doctor Who Comic #1 starts off this multi-Doctor adventure with a bang. This issue humorously establishes the plot foundations for this series, while hinting at a more emotional story to come.
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