Titan Comics 2015
Written by Paul Cornell
Illustrated by Neil Edwards
Coloured by Ivan Nunes
Under attack by Reapers, our heroes fled to their fused-into one TARDIS! Sprinting back through their control rooms, they staged a counterattack – shaking off the Reapers and rematerializing back in Paris in three separate TARDISes. Clara tried – again! – to stop the Doctors from going to Marinus, but the Doctors ignored her warnings. Arriving on Marinus, they were shot at – outside of spacetime. by weapons firing from The perilous photo was taken at last. Their voyeuristic enemy: the Voord. Who have a new leader…
So here they are Marinus a world they should remember but don’t and Clara is venting that she’s tied to prevent all this but no they had to come. Three Doctors with three very distinct personalities and each at odds with each other really brings to life how diverse they really are. That Paul can show us with such clarity that each Doctor’s personality changed that much with each regeneration amazes me. You don’t see the difference so much in season to season but here with them interacting with each other it’s hugely noticeable.
This issue also goes a long way into making me wish this were more than five issues I mean we see the group split up and each Doctor ends up with a different companion. Again it’s Paul’s writing of the individuals that shines in making you want to see more one on one interaction. Companions really have an understanding of their Doctor that most of us only dream of having and seeing them with a different version is illuminating. Also that they are being attacked as they are being forced to run a maze, makes me think of the Maze Runner actually, each set heading towards the same end goal was fantastic.
Oh a continuity bomb is something we don’t see enough of. The Doctor tends to shy away from too much talk of the great war but here they have no choice and we get to see a weapon of great destruction. When the bomb explodes sending all six of them into the chaos of each Doctor’s past and future is another moment Neil shines beautifully. I mean page eleven alone is worth the price of admission. From there he’s got his imagination and ours running at full speed ahead as we see each possible variation of what the Doctor’s are capable of at their worst.
This issue is simply amazing. The worlds and the scenery we see cannot be beat it’s just so incredibly well rendered. There’s beauty, awe and wonder in what’s on the page and that it captures the mind's attention the way it does there’s no letting go.
With the surprise ending this issue after each of them has this sense of deja vu leaves you wondering who or more exactly where is the fourth Doctor in this story? There has to be one that comes to try to save the day and we saw a different one in issue one so what’s going on with him? This is what fans of Doctor Who live for and if you aren’t a fan of the television program you’d still the love the comedy, the dialogue and gorgeous interiors here which work to make this almost a big budget movie.