Titan Comics 2015
Written by Paul Cornell
Illustrated by Neil Edwards
Coloured by Ivan Nunes
Clara came across a mysterious ‘Time Shelter’ containing a photo of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors together – a meeting that would supposedly lead to the end of all things! Wanting to prevent this, Clara took the TARDIS to Paris, 1923, to a time when all three Doctors and their companions would be in the same city – and the same café. Warning Gabby and Alice, Clara tried to stop the Doctors meeting... but failed! After some argument, the Tenth and Twelfth Doctors touched - sparking the Blinovitch Limitation Effect, a flash of temporal energy. That’s when the Reapers, antibodies of time paradoxes, attacked!
Oh after last issue’s spectacular start the roller coaster ride has begun in earnest here. With the appearance of the Reapers all three Doctors have a different first response and their companions leap into what their Doctor suggests it’s great to see how the dynamic between Doctor and Companion works. Still the dialogue between the three is perfect and really demonstrates how each Doctor’s personality changes when he does. Though they do seem to all have at least on thing in common and that’s that they think best on the run.
Neil and Ivan working on this book I mean really could the interiors get any freakin better than this? Seriously they’ve actually made this art the kind you hang in your house quality in the attention to detail in clothes, faces and backgrounds.
Alright so with the Reaper’s here the Tardis isn’t quite the same and seeing how the trio wake her up well it’s fun and different and honestly I still can’t get over the dialogue. It’s pretty much a good thing they don’t get together annually or that there aren’t any other Time Lords running around since I don’t think they can handle being around someone who is as smart as they are without turning it into some kind of competition. Though to be honest part of the appeal here is seeing each incarnation of the Doctor trying to prove he’s the smartest of the three.
Any time we see the Tardis as a character in it’s own right always brings a smile to my face and now that all three versions are together and we see them all traverse all three versions, it’s more interesting to see how the inside changes for each Doctor and their preferences as well as seeing being used the way they do. Also we never really get to see the interior rooms as much though they are alluded to so honestly this is great to see here.
It’s nice to see Clara finally show the picture to the three Doctors so they can start thinking about why it’s the three of them involved in all this, though why the Ninth Doctor isn’t saddens me. So with all three Tardis’ separated the three teams head for Marinus the planet we saw when last issue opened. But why is the real question here who made sure that Clara found that photograph and ensured that the Doctors and their companions would be in the right place at the right time in order for this momentous and disastrous event to occur.
Paul’s managed to weave in all the action that we love in a Doctor Who story along with some of the most interesting characterization we wouldn’t be able to get any other way for us in this adventure. With some of the industry’s most interesting and incredible artwork bringing it all to life this is the Comic Event of the year!