REVIEW: ‘Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor,’ Issue #1

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Doctor Who The Thirteenth Doctor #1

My knowledge of Doctor Who was nearly nonexistent before I got to college. None of my friends or family knew anything about the show or its legacy. I did community service all throughout high school at my local library and always saw people borrowing any of the Doctor Who DVDs that were available. During my first semester of college, I noticed that one of my roommates had the entire collection of the original series. He was a massive fan and would always try to convince me to watch the show. However, had he told me that David Tennant was once playing the role of The Doctor, I would’ve definitely jumped onboard. It wasn’t until last summer that I got any real interest in watching the show. It had been announced that Jodie Whittaker would be the next Doctor, a role that had been always played by men. I have been loving her portrayal of The Doctor and am very excited to see where she takes the character during her run. But as with any show, it’s hard having to wait a week before a new episode comes out. When I made a journey to Isotope Comics in San Francisco, I was super excited to see that a Doctor Who comic about the Thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor #1. I immediately picked up a copy.

Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor #1, which was published by Titan Comics, is written by Jody Houser featuring the art by Rachael Stott, coloring is by Enrica Eren Angiolini, and lettering is by Richard Starkings, Sarah Jacobs, and John Roshell. The comic picks up right after the Doctor invites Ryan, Yaz, and Graham to continue traveling with her. While sightseeing the wonders of outer space, a time vortex pops up, with a pair of hands reaching out for help. “Team Tardis” is unable to help the person on the other side of the vortex in time, but the Doctor refuses to let this go. The team heads back to the TARDIS to figure out a solution and a way to help the stranger. Meanwhile, two treasure hunters are stealing artwork from a museum to give to a monstrous creature who I’m assuming is their employer.

As I was reading the comic, I could tell how much work Houser put into the dialogue. I can hear Jodie Whittaker talking as I was reading what she was saying. She perfectly nails her natural charisma and her bond that she’s made with her companion, even after only traveling with them for a short while. As I was doing research on other Doctor Who comics, one of the main complaint I saw on a few of them was the inability to fully capture the way that the Doctor or his companions would talk. However, just a few pages in, I felt like the characters were right next to me saying their dialogue out loud.

The comic starts with a quick introduction of the treasure hunters to set up their story. Then it transitions to quite possibly one of the greatest images I have ever seen in a comic book. The colors of the “Nebulae of Blecplam” were quite mesmerizing. It perfectly captures the effects that can be seen throughout the later seasons of the show. Not only that but drawing the scene the way that it’s done pulled me right into the story. It reminded me of the first time I watched the first episode of the second incarnation of the show. Part of what got me hooked on the show were the effects.

Although, without going into spoilers, I would have hoped that there would have been more plot. This seems like a stand-alone story that still includes the main characters of the current season, there wasn’t enough exposition of either the story of the treasure hunters or how they plan to connect them with “Team TARDIS.” While I’m sure they’ll get to this with the next issue, this comic felt more like a teaser for the real story.

However, I am going to continue with Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor #1 and highly recommend it if you are a Doctor Who fan and are enjoying what they’ve been doing so far with series 11. It captures the essence of the current series completely. As a comic fan and a fan of the series, I’m excited to see where it goes. Make sure to pick up a copy at your local comic shop or wherever they are sold.

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TL; DR

I am going to continue with Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor #1 and highly recommend it if you are a Doctor Who fan and are enjoying what they’ve been doing so far with series 11. It captures the essence of the current series completely.