I picked up the first issue of Titan’s Twelfth Doctor comic as soon as I got out of their panel because…of course I did. I mean, it was a given that I was going to own this book, wasn’t it? Capaldi is so much my Doctor that I ventured into cosplay for the first time and donned the magician’s coat with the scarlet lining on Saturday. (I’m sure pictures of me doing so will appear somewhere on What’cha Reading in the days to follow, so I’m not going to post one.) At any rate, I love Twelve and I was ready to dive right into this new series.
We were told at the Titan panel that the Twelfth Doctor series would explore the relationship between Twelve and Clara, and I was not disappointed. The banter between the two of them is there (I know, Twelve doesn’t do banter), and Clara’s bossiness. There were some jokes at the Titan panel about the voice of Twelve coming easy for writer of the series, Robbie Morrison, because they’re both dour Scots. I’ve never met the man, so I don’t know how true that part is, but he nailed Twelve in this first outing. You can practically hear Peter Capaldi’s Scottish burr rolling off the pages, especially on lines like “Sophistication and timeless sartorial elegance have been restored” (that one’s my personal favorite). The adventure itself is well set up, right down to the unveiling of the arc’s Big Bad on the final page, and it has the feel of an episode of Doctor Who.
The artwork is also great. The story takes place on a terraformed planet and the colors really pop off the page. I have the utmost respect for artists that have to draw real people, and Dave Taylor does this job well. He’s got Capaldi’s Twelve down to the infamous “attack eyebrows.” His drawings of Clara are a little more hit-and-miss; he gets her spot-on in one panel only to have her look a little more generic in the next. Still, on the whole really well done.
We’re off to a fun start with the first issue of Twelfth Doctor adventures, and I can’t wait to read the next one. I give the first issue 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts. Well done, Titan!
DOCTOR WHO: NEW ADVENTURES WITH THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #1
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Dave Taylor
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Artist: Alice X. Zhang
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: October 15, 2014