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MORTAL ENGINES (December 8, 2018)

Friday, 9 November 2018

Top Of The Pile: Doctor Who - The Thirteenth Doctor #1


Based almost entirely on her stellar work with Valiant Comics' Faith, the attachment of writer Jody Houser to a project will always pique my interest.

The fact that this new title is the Thirteenth Doctor's first headlining comic book outing was the cherry on the perfectly-illustrated-by-Rachael-Stott cake.

Right from the get-go, Jody has captured the vocal mannerisms of not just the wild, bundle of energy that is Jodie Whittaker's Doctor but also her trio of travelling companions, Ryan, Yaz, and Graham.

This opening salvo of The (hopefully long-running) Thirteenth Doctor's comic book adventures focuses on two parallel storylines, one about time-travelling thieves being blackmailed by an alien crime boss, and then The Doctor and her friends encountering - and chasing - a temporal anomaly.

The issue builds to a unification - if not an explanation - of these two threads and the introduction of a new threat, which may, or may not, be connected with everything else going on in the issue.

Continuity-wise, I'm guessing this tale takes place after Arachnids In The UK as Team TARDIS seem happy to be along for the ride and aren't talking about going home, although I was surprised by Ryan's ignorance of the 'vortex manipulator' after his encounter with Krasko in Rosa.

It's great to see The Doctor spinning off into new comic book adventures in tandem with her TV outings, just weeks after she made her onscreen debut.

Along with her comic strip adventures in the Doctor Who Magazine and a growing number of novels already (either published or announced), this iteration of the enduring character is already developing a rich canon.

While I'm more than willing to put my faith (pun intended) in Jody's story ideas, given the emphasis on historical adventures in the TV show at the moment, I hope she decides to explore that avenue in this medium as well.

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