DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: YEAR THREE #9 [Advance Review]

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #9 Cover
DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: YEAR THREE #9/ Script by RICHARD DINNICK/ Art by PASQUALE QUALANO/ Colors by HI-FI/ Letters by RICHARD STARKINGS & COMICRAFT’S JIMMY BETANCOURT/ Published by TITAN COMICS

College cafeteria worker Bill Potts wasn’t quite sure what to make of the eccentric professor known as The Doctor. He had been at St. Luke’s University in Bristol for as long as anyone could remember, yet he didn’t have a regular course load, instead giving general lectures on whatever seemed to suit his fancy. Somehow, he noticed Bill sneaking into his classes and offered to tutor her personally, despite her not being a registered student.

Bill has learned a lot since then and not just about science and history. She has learned some of The Doctor’s secrets, such as the fact that he is not human but a Time Lord – a virtually immortal alien who just looks like a well-traveled academic. She has also learned of the existence of The TARDIS – the fantastic machine that The Doctor can use to travel virtually anywhere in space or time. Bill has even learned of the vault under St. Luke’s that The Doctor is guarding and its contents – The  twisted Time Lady known as Missy.

When the technology keeping Missy’s cell bigger on the inside than it is on the outside begins to fail, The Doctor has to make a special trip to get the parts he needs to fix it. Since quantum fold technology is not easily fond on Earth, this requires a trip to The Ubermarket – a deep-space one-stop shop where anything can be found. Including an adventure, if you aren’t careful…

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #9 proves a welcome return to form after the craziness of the recent The Lost Dimension crossover event. This self-contained one-shot by author Richard Dinnick boasts a high humor quotient, opening with The Doctor’s frank appraisal of the Back To The Future films and continuing on to detail the challenges of negotiating a multi-dimensional supermark- sorry, UBERmarket.

The artwork by Pasquale Qualano does a fantastic job caricaturing the actors from the show. The aesthetic is light and fun, made more so by the vivid colors of Hi-Fi. The only fault is that some of the sequences meant to show the strange layout of The Ubermarket are hard to follow visually.

Still, this book is a fantastic introduction to Doctor Who‘s Tenth Series. If you know a comic reader who has yet to get into Doctor Who or a fan of the show who doesn’t like comics, this may be the gateway into a whole new world they need.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #9 will be available for purchase on November 15, 2017 from your local comic book store (Don’t know where that is? Here you go.) or digitally via Comixology.com.

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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