DOCTOR WHO COMIC #1/ Script by JODY HOUSER/ Art by ROBERT INGRANTA/ Color by ENRICA EREN ANGIOLINI/ Flattening by SHARI CHANKHAMMA/ Letters by RICHARD STARKINGS & COMICRAFT’S SARAH HEDRICK/ Published by TITAN COMICS
There’s a blue box. It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space. Inside it lives a Doctor, whose deeds are spoken of in legend throughout the universe, though the tales speak of The Doctor wearing many faces. Never cowardly or cruel, The Doctor wanders the whole of reality, often in the company of those companions they deem worthy. At the moment this includes aspiring mechanic Ryan Sinclair, probationary police officer Yasmin Khan and retired bus driver Graham O’Brien, though The Doctor has come to think of them more as family (or “Fam”) than companions.
Recently, The Doctor and the Fam barely averted disaster, as they found themselves in 1969 London at the same time as an earlier incarnation of The Doctor. Meeting yourself while time traveling usually leads to disaster and it was all the Fam and the other Doctor’s companion (a woman named Martha Jones) could do to keep them apart. Thankfully, a massive paradox was avoided… or so they thought.
Returned to the original time period of the Fam, they’ve found themselves in a radically different England where the Doctor’s old enemies the Sea Devils have been ruling the Earth for centuries. What’s more worrying is that The Doctor was apparently never around in this new alternate future to stop this from happening. Thankfully, Earth is still defended, though the Sea Devils are closing in on the leader of the human resistance… a brave young woman named Rose Tyler!
Doctor Who Comic #1 provides a welcome jumping-on point for anyone looking for a solid science-fiction series and Whovians wondering where to start reading in the world of comics. While building off the most recent Doctor Who comic book mini-series and the multimedia Time Lord Victorious storyline, no previous experience with the franchise is required. That being said, established fans will get the most out of this issue, given its shout outs to classic villains like the Sea Devils and the final pages in which Rose Tyler encounters a familiar (to us) figure.
Jody Houser captures the voices of all the characters from the show as well as Roberta Ingranata captures their likenesses. The brilliant colors utilized by Enrica Eren Angiolini and the well-applied word balloons of Richard Starkings and Sarah Hendrick aid in guiding the reader’s eye as the action unfolds. This is one fantastic book, independent of its connection to the Doctor Who franchise; a rare thing for TV tie-in comics!
Doctor Who Comic #1 arrives in stores and on Comixology on November 18, 2020!