DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION SPECIAL #1 [Review]

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION SPECIAL #1/ Script by EMMA BEEBY & GORDON RENNIE/ Art by IVAN RODRIGUEZ, WELLINGTON DIAZ & ANDERSON CABRAL/ Colors by THIAGO RIBERIO & MAURICIO WALLACE/ Letters by RICHARD STARKINGS & COMICRAFT’S JIMMY BETANCOURT/ Published by TITAN COMICS

All around the universe, in different places and different times, something has awoken. Impossibly large white holes have begun to manifest, absorbing or annihilating everything unfortunate enough to encounter them.

On a distant asteroid, the Archaeologist of The Impossible, Professor River Song, is administering a final field test to a stuffy academic named Willdar. More at home in the library than the wild and unused to getting his hands dirty, Willdar is a poor match for the excitable Professor Song, who prefers explosives to trowels when it comes to excavating an dig. The good news is that Willdar will soon prove his theories of The Silurians attempting space travel and establishing a space colony long before humans ever left the planet Earth. The bad news is that the colony is not quite dead…

Elsewhere and Elsewhen, The Fourth Doctor and the Time Lady known as Romana are planning a lovely outing at the 1902 Royal Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead. As is usually the case when traveling on The TARDIS, however, their plans are to be changed.

The couple wind up materializing in the middle of a fire fight between several of The Doctor’s old enemies. At least, they look like some of his old enemies. Their weapons, technology and behavior are quite different than the creatures The Doctor knows. What is stranger is that they claim to have the technology to travel The Void between realities – a feat even The Time Lords have not yet managed!

The Lost Dimension cross-over event continues with this fifth chapter. Curiously, apart from the linking theme of reality starting to come apart and the white holes leading to The Void, no single part of The Lost Dimension to date has connected to any other part of the crossover! This does prevent confusion over the on-going story-line albeit it by insuring there isn’t much of an on-going story-line.

Thankfully, the stories contained within this volume are enjoyable enough. Emma Beeby and Gordon Rennie both did a fantastic job co-writing the recent Fourth Doctor mini-series. Beeby perfectly captures the anarchic spirit of River Song in her story while Rennie delves deep into the lore of the classic series to develop some “What If?” versions of some delightfully obscure Whovian baddies.

Would that the artwork were the equal of the writing! Beeby’s excellent script is nearly spoiled by the artwork of Ivan Rodgiguez, whose work on last year’s Supremacy of The Cybermen event was widely panned. Rodriguez’s work is somewhat more competent here, though made all the uglier by colorist Thiago Riberio, who renders the artwork largely in shades of brown and gold that leave the final artwork looking like a mud-hole set on fire. The streamlined-style utilized by Wellington Diaz and Anderson Cabral works somewhat better. Though cartoonishly rendered, our heroes are at least recognizable as Tom Baker and Lalla Ward even outside of their usual costumes and the various aliens are recognizably rendered.

It remains to be seen if this fifth chapter of The Lost Dimension will be essential to the final storyline. As a momentary amusement, it has value, despite the erratic artwork. Whovians who can suffer a bit of visual uncertainty in the name of a good story will find this special to be just that.

 

About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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