One of the things I dig the most about Titan’s Doctor Who Adventures is that they get to make the Doctor Who stories the BBC would if they had an unlimited budget. A Weeping Angels storyline set on the battlefields of World War I? We’re getting that in the Tenth Doctor series. Epic adventures in space with bombs that can create black holes and alien companions on the TARDIS? Eleventh Doctor series. And my favorite Doctor/Companion duo, my OTP dealing with seeming alien/vampires that have inserted themselves into India’s future and past to work in collusion with an evil family to raise the goddess Kali. Well that’s the current arc of the Twelfth Doctor Adventures.
Robbie Morrison and Dave Taylor have given themselves a giant canvas and are making full use of it. A range of several centuries to tell the story of two very vibrant and interesting women (not including Clara, who is also vibrant and interesting) and a possible explanation for how some of India’s religions/cults came to be, all wrapped in a fight against evil; it’s everything I like about Doctor Who in a single story. I had expressed some concerns about the sheer size of the story arc after reading Twelfth Doctor #3, but it’s coming together nicely, and I am beyond happy to have three strong women characters in one book. (Yes, I know there’s a standard “Companion waiting for the Doctor to rescue her” vibe happening towards the end of this issue, but I think the payoff in the next issue will be a BAMF of a Companion coming to the forefront.)
It’s no secret that my love for the Twelfth Doctor knows no bounds (read practically anything Who I’ve ever written here), but I know some people still aren’t convinced that Capaldi should be steering the TARDIS. If you’re among those folks, maybe give Twelfth Doctor Adventures a go, as the character is spot on with a script I would have enjoyed seeing on my TV this season. Oh, and for those of you who are on the great ship Whouffaldi with me? You’ll love the closeup of Twelve’s Angry Eyebrows when Clara is threatened. Dave Taylor might not have set out to draw Protective Twelve in that panel, but that’s what this Whouffaldian saw and I’m sticking to it. 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
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DOCTOR WHO: NEW ADVENTURES WITH THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #4
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Dave Taylor
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Colorist: Luis Guerrero with Studio 641
Humor Strip: Colin Bell & Neil Slorance
Release Date: January 21, 2015