REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor #1(2018)

A Comic by Jody Houser (Author), Rachael Stott (Artist), Enrica Eren Angiolini (Colorist)

I will confide in everyone here now, that I am woefully behind on Doctor Who at the moment. For some reason, I haven’t had a chance to watch any of series 12 as of yet, so I really need to rectify that soon. Truthfully I have always run a bit lukewarm on things produced by Chris Chibnall (his eps since 2005 have usually been my least favorite with a few exceptions), so the usual spark I had has diminished a bit. It’s a shame because I really like Whitaker in the role. Perhaps in July, I will re-watch her stuff and start working on reviews for them to prepare for the upcoming 2021 season, maybe a bit of distance will help me appreciate it more. if not, please don’t hate me for a string of cynical reviews that could be incoming!

In the meantime, I found out there was an ongoing comic from Titan on Kindle, so I’m shifting my attention to that this week! Starring the 13th incarnation of the character, as played by Jodie Whitaker on the show, this chapter seems to take place sometime early on in season 11. These comics from Titan and others from IDW are usually hit or miss from me, but no matter what, I usually enjoy reading them.

Bestselling comics writer Jody Houser and fan-favorite artist Rachael Stott launch the Doctor into a new universe of unforgettable adventure! Featuring Jodie Whittaker as the first female incarnation of the Doctor! Bursting straight out of her hit new television adventures, this first collection of the Thirteenth Doctor’s comic book tales is a scorchingly fresh incarnation, taking the show – and its comic strip adventures – where no Doctor has gone before! Facing off against vile villains and misunderstood monsters in flavours both human and alien, the Doctor and her friends must push the limits of time and space, confronting evils deliberate and accidental all throughout history – and uncovering secrets long-hidden and wonders never-seen along the way! Perfect for fans old and new alike, this is an awe-inspiring jumping on point to the Doctor Who comics mythos. Buy it, read it, then travel back in time to read it for the first time all over again…!

Publisher’s description

This first issue starts out with the TARDIS crew viewing an extraordinary planetary event, the deaths of sentient supernovas from a safe distance. they are suddenly interrupted by a strange temporal anomaly where someone is obviously tying to get help by reaching a hand through a menacing Stargate-styled portal. We cut away to a group of art thieves nearly bumbling a big heist for a seemingly evil client (I mean the dude has horns and everything!) that is forcing their services, how do these two stories merge together? We get a little taste in this issue, but I’m sure we will soon find out later, I don’t want to spoil absolutely everything.

It’s hard to fully judge a single comic issue, but this does a good job of setting the story up and sucking the reader into the narrative. We get a glimpse of the potential villain, and meet the supporting cast very briefly. with that I’d say as a first issue, its not bad. The art is heavily influenced by production stills at times, but by doing so, everything looks coherent and on model for the real people. I honestly might have liked something a bit more stylized more, but that’s just me. I know others would have likely complained. This seems like a fun read so far, and I plan to read more of this for the site if you all are interested in it.

If you would like to read this yourself, please check out THIS listing on Amazon, or the collected edition HERE.


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