If you can’t wait for “Doctor Who” to come back on TV, pick up the comic “Doctor Who” and begin to read the “new adventures with the Twelfth Doctor.”
This first issue with our Scottish Doctor is called “Terrorformer.”
The comic opens with Zaxx and his A.I., Clive. They are investigating a weird reading on a planet that looks a lot like Earth. However, when Zaxx gets out of the ship, he soon gets caught up in some hot water.
Cut to The Doctor and Clara. The Doctor is taking Clara to Isen VI to teach her how to ski (or so Clara thought.) But the planet doesn’t look like a huge winter wonderland once they get out of the Tardis — It is more like a tropical jungle!
They soon realize that money will buy anything (which is why the Doctor hates it), and this icy world has been terraformed into a jungle paradise.
We find out that the Doctor wasn’t just taking Clara here to teach her how to ski; the Tardis picked up on a warning signal from the planet that was Gallifreyan in origin. The Doctor explains it was an ancient system where a series of beacons would rove the galaxies and detect threats to universal harmony, disruptions in time and space, and other inexplicable phenomena. And though the Tardis picked up on the signal, it couldn’t tell them what as the system is failing.
Soon, the scouting party stumbles along something, and through a series of unfortunate events, comes face-to-face with a demonic creator hell-bent on destroying the universe.
I really enjoyed this story by Robbie Morrison. It was witty and playful but continued the suspense that we enjoy from “Doctor Who” episodes. It is hard to warm up to the Scottish Doctor (and even harder to understand him!), so I loved all the funny quips from the Doctor and Clara. I was laughing throughout the whole comic.
However, I didn’t enjoy the depictions of the Doctor and Clara. The surrounding art and secondary character designs were great. The coloring was engaging. But Clara and the Doctor sometimes looked nothing like themselves in many panels. I know the characters well, since I watched the TV show, but what about those who have never watched it? It was confusing and a bit lazy, in my opinion. The cover (seen above) is amazing, but that was done by Alice X. Zhang. I think artist Dave Taylor has many talents, but I wish he stuck with what the characters look like on television.
Despite my feelings about the art, the comic is awesome! I really recommend this title, especially if you miss our dear Doctor.
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