Issue #5 of the Titan’s Twelfth Doctor comic marked the end of a story arc, and now that Clara has escaped her fate as the host body of Kali, she’s back to her usual epic adventures with the Doctor in issue #6. He is indeed showing her some planets, but the siren call of Earth is strong for the Doctor and his Companion…especially when U.N.I.T. is experimenting with things it shouldn’t be. I don’t want to give a lot of details away, but I’m fairly sure a lot of you are going to enjoy seeing another familiar face from the show.
Brian Williamson has taken over the art for the Twelfth Doctor comics and is putting his own unique stamp on the series. His drawings are very photorealistic, to the point where some panels look like a photograph that’s been hand-tinted. Williamson has nailed Twelve in all his moods, to the delight of my inner Capaldi fangirl. He’s not quite as spot on with Clara, but when I say that I mean she only looks exactly like Jenna Coleman about 95% of the time when Twelve looks like Peter Capaldi 99% of the time. I would read this issue for the artwork alone, but of course the writing is also spot-on.
I’ve gone on at length about how much I enjoy Robbie Morrison’s writing in other Twelfth Doctor reviews, so I’ll spare you all here, but I will say that his pacing and story jumps feel exactly like the best-written episodes from the ninth season. There are a lot of moving parts to this story, just like there are in Moffat episodes of Who, but having read a couple of Morrison’s story arcs before now I trust him to tie up all the loose ends more than I trust Moffat. The only writing misstep that I found is when Clara is consoling Lisa and tells her that she “can’t imagine what it feels like…to lose someone so close to you like that.” Clara lost her mum, so she knows exactly what it feels like to lose a parent like Lisa did. Other than that, I am 100% on board and eager to learn more about this arc’s baddies, the Fractures.
New story arc means it’s the perfect time to jump into the Twelfth Doctor Adventures, kids. I give this one 4.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #6
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Brian Williamson
Letterers: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Humor Strip: Colin Bell and Neil Slorance
Cover Artists: Blair Shedd
Release Date: March 18, 2015