THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION! When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilise immediately – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader… But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis!
It’s classic Third Doctor action as you’ve never seen it before!
Paul Cornell returns to the world of Doctor Who comics with this excellent first issue in a brand new Third Doctor miniseries for Titan Comics.
Set not long after the conclusion of The Three Doctors, the Time Lords have returned the exiled Doctor control of his TARDIS.
However instead of going back to his wandering ways, he visits a swanky gentleman’s club to boast about previous escapades.
It isn’t long before The Brigadier is calling as a new alien threat is stalking the English countryside, and somewhere in the shadows an old nemesis is choosing his moment to strike.
Cornell is of course no stranger to Doctor Who, and his script is perfect in capturing the spirit of the Jon Pertwee era.
Despite the inclusion of nearly all the tropes of that period, the book is not just a simple showcase for nostalgia. There is a very interesting story being set up here and it will be fascinating to see how all of threads come together, especially considering the rather surprising cliffhanger.
It is difficult not to talk in-depth about this issue without spoiling anything, as there is the return of two familiar characters and a really lovely blink and you will miss it connection made to the new series.
It is wonderful to see Cornell craft a comic that can not only be enjoyed by older fans such as myself but also younger fans eager for more stories featuring past Doctors.
The art work by Christopher Jones is wonderful in bringing the more action packed feel of the Pertwee era to life. The Doctor being attacked whilst driving in his beloved car Bessie is a particular highlight, and Jones also captures the 70s (or 80s if you want to get into the UNIT dating fiasco) time period effortlessly. The art is complemented brilliantly by the colour work of the wonderfully named Hi-Fi. There is a lovely mix of soft and bold contrasts throughout especially when highlighting the danger to a very quaint English village.
Full of fun and nostalgia this is a very enjoyable start to the expanding Titan Doctor Who range and one I highly recommend you check out.
Publisher: Titan Comics
Reviewer: Matt Davis @DecadentGent