It’s rapidly becoming clear that Titan Comics loves
me Whovians. Why else would they drop the new Twelfth Doctor comic on Christmas Eve except to make the holidays a little brighter for me us? And oh, what a Twelfth Doctor adventure this is, flipping between India in 1825 and 2314 with a little side trip to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio in 1505 Florence for good measure, with Clara posing as the model for the Mona Lisa. (Although I might be completely off-base, I like to think that Robbie Morrison couldn’t rest the idea of having Twelve and da Vinci—both roles played by Peter Capaldi—in the same place at the same time. I only wish Leonardo had been colored with blue eyes to make him look a little more Capaldi-esque, but again, personal preference.)
This issue is the setup to a new story arc, one involving Nosferatu and the Scindia Corps, a family that isn’t all they seem to be. And while the intro page mentions a Hyperion (the baddie from the first arc) being frozen in Earth’s solar system, we haven’t really hit that part of the story yet. This was my only problem with the issue, that I just have no idea where this arc is going yet because there are so many moving pieces. I’m digging the timey-wimey storytelling with bookends in 1825, I enjoyed all the new characters (although I’m not totally buying that all the female characters had to be so stacked), and I am hoping against hope that Rani Jhulka has a connection to The Rani, but I’m not really sure where the baddie thread is going.
That being said, Robbie Morrison nails the Twelfth Doctor’s personality as I’ve come to expect from him, complete with the line “It’s a tough choice. Shoot the distinguished gentleman with the twinkle in his eye—or the raging monster that’s about to rip him limb from limb?!” (I know, some of you hated the “strangely compelling masculine figure” line from “In the Forest of the Night,” but I loved it and am beyond happy to see a recap of it here.) I also love independent Clara, who functions perfectly well on her own when she has to. The colors are bright, the art is a nice mix of realism and what, for lack of a better term, I’m going to call “vintage comic style,” and I’m still loving Dave Taylor’s close-ups of the principle character’s faces, which is where I think he really shines. Special points to the Titan team for the punnily horrible “Dark Water” short at the end, which made laugh, cringe, and think “too soon!!” I give this one 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #3
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Dave Taylor
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Colorist: Luis Guerrerro
Humor Strip: Colin Bell and Neil Slorance
Cover Artists: Brian Williamson, Hi-Fi, AJ, Rob Farmer
Release Date: December 24, 2014