There’s a blue box. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes it goes where it is suppose to. But wherever the blue box goes, there is also a man. Sometimes he looks old and sometimes he looks young, though his eyes always look as if they bear the weight of the ages. Because they do.
He is known as The Doctor. And he saves people.
He also enjoys an occasional drink and an even more occasional thwarting of tyranny, stupidity or just plain evil. The fact that he’s currently wearing a hoodie and hiding his ancient eyes behind a pair of Sonic Sunglasses does not change the fact of who he is and what he does.
Still, even with the aid of the TARDIS, The Doctor can’t be everywhere at once. So when a colleague calls schoolteacher Clara Oswald in a panic regarding strange goings-on at the exclusive Ravenscaur School before disappearing, Clara doesn’t wait for The Doctor to show up. Instead, she applies for the now-vacant teaching position and prepares to go undercover to investigate just what is going on.
Thankfully, The Doctor shows up anyway. And a good thing too! For there are far more sinister things lurking about The Ravenscaur School than the creepy sports-master, Mr. Beck. Strange, otherworldly things that will require all the cunning and cleverness that The Doctor and Clara have to offer.
Robbie Morrison has fast become one of the greatest Doctor Who writers in any medium. The start of this issue contains one of the most suspenseful and horrific openings ever, easily the equal of any pre-credits sequence from the television program. And you just know we’re in for something special when we get references to Douglas Adams and Marvel Comics before the actual plot begins to develop itself!
The heck of it is that Morrison isn’t just being clever and dropping references to please the Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans in the audience. There’s a proud tradition of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy references in Doctor Who stories, started by Douglas Adams himself! And since The Doctor’s comic adventures were published by Marvel UK for a time, there’s a very real chance (as real as anything in fiction is real) that the woman named Van Dyne who is hard to see and the Von Doom with impressive armor that The Doctor mentions are precisely who you think they are. Such is the level of detail that Morrison brings to his amazing scripts.
Morrison’s story is brought to life wonderfully by Rachael Stott. Stott proved herself with her previous work on Titan Comics‘ Ninth Doctor and Tenth Doctor series and remains in fine form here. Stott perfectly captures the likenesses of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. More importantly, she draws a fantastic action sequence and finds the perfect balance in enhancing her original pencils without over-inking them. The color art by Ivan Nunes perfectly completes the artwork.
The Doctor is back and better than ever! If you’ve been going through Doctor Who withdrawals since the end of Series Nine, this book is the cure. It is a must-read for all Whovians, with a great story and amazing artwork.