By Cameron Hatheway
The Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors each have their own comic book series currently being released from Titan Comics, exploring new adventures throughout time and space. But what about the Doctor who rekindled that magic for a new generation? You know, the one with the ears. Thankfully, he too finally gets his due.
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor hits shelves from Titan Comics on April 1st, much to the delight of Whovians everywhere. Written by Cavan Scott (Doctor Who Adventures) and illustrated by Blair Shedd (Doctor Who), the first issue gives it that wonderfully fun feeling of nostalgia with the characters.
Taking place between the episodes “The Doctor Dances” and “Boom Town,” The Doctor is accompanied by Rose Tyler and Captain Jack as they journey to Excroth, the Doctor’s favorite planet, only to discover an asteroid field where the planet should be. Immediately upon their arrival, the TARDIS is intercepted by a Lect battleship and the crew brought onboard via tractor beam. Before they can even be properly questioned by the Lect warriors, the ship is under attack by a race of cyborg centaurs, the Unon.
The Doctor and Captain Jack make it back to the safety of the TARDIS just in time before the ship explodes, but Rose was trapped behind from a severed Lect arm, plunging her into the depths of the Time Vortex. Luckily she’s wearing a Tachyon Inhibitor, but that can only keep her alive for so long. The rest of the arc will be focusing on Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, being sold on the intergalactic black market, and the Lect and Unon continuing to battle as a nearby star threatens to go supernova.
The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack made for a wonderful trio, and Scott does a great job with the banter and dialogue between them so far. I won’t try to sugar-coat it, but some artists seem to have a difficult time illustrating The Doctor. Fortunately, Shedd does a fantastic job portraying Christopher Eccleston, Billy Piper, and John Barrowman, so much so that I automatically hear their voices when reading. I’ve recently introduced my girlfriend to the series, and while re-watching I’ve forgotten how much was actually tackled in those 13 episodes. If she craves more I can now share with her this new miniseries.
While it’s only the first issue, it’s tremendous fun so far and I can’t wait to see more adventures of the terribly underrated Ninth Doctor.