Our time-traveling Thirteenth Doctor is about to meet her Tenth incarnation. On top of that, they face one of the fiercest and well beloved enemies; the Weeping Angels. Find out about this fateful meeting in Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 by Titan Comics!
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #1
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colorist: Enrica Angiolini
Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Sara Hedricks
Editor: Jake Devine
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 8th, 2020
Previously in Doctor Who: Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata return to take on a brand new 13th Doctor story! With Jodie Whittaker as the current doctor; fans wonder what it would be like if she met her past selves. With David Tennant’s Doctor introducing a famous enemy, it seems like these two incarnation crossing pass is a great place to set this fateful meeting up.
WRONG TURN TO WOODSTOCK
I should preface this review that this comic has not been released yet and will be only giving small premises rather than a detailed plot summary. I, for some reason, thought this book came out last week but ah… here we are.
Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor plans to take companions Ryan, Yaz, and Graham to Woodstock but the Tardis has other plans. Instead of 1969 woodstock, we arrive instead in London where David Tennant’s Doctor and companion Martha are stuck after a bad encounter with the Weeping Angels. Jodie’s Doctor must figure out why the Tardis took them here and what they are supposed to solve. Sending her companions to spy on the Doctor, she scouts out Martha at her job as a retail worker. However, these encounters don’t make the mystery any clearer and something is lurking around the corner…
A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT
I think the theme of Doctor Who has often been identity. Many of the companions learn more about themselves as they experience new things with the Doctor. Whenever two Doctors meet, there is always that question of identity and force of personality. David Tennant’s version has guilt with a happy-go-lucky guise while Jodie Whittaker is generally much more confident of a character. How do these two people share the same identity but with two very different personalities is always fascinating to see. Regardless of the television or comic book medium, the seeds that the book set up for the inevitable confrontation is there and is intriguing.
The plot felt a little slow. I think we spent a lot of time establishing the setting and minor characters but didn’t really initiate a lot of plot. The creative team made an active decision to really established setting but I think I would have preferred to add some more tension earlier in the book.
I also really liked the use of colors in this book. The orange from the inside of the Tardis really caught my attention. However, I question the use of lips on the characters as the same expression was used fairly often between different characters and sometimes within the same panels. Maybe it is just me but it was something I noticed and distracted me from the story being told.
BOTTOM LINE: WELL WRITTEN!
I don’t agree with all the creative choices but I also know that they aren’t my choices to make. Jody Houser is a great writer and knows the full story arc while I only have two read-throughs of issue #1. I think fans and new faces alike will enjoy the issue and will be pleasantly surprised by the quality. 4 stars out of 5 for Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1.
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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor
I think the theme of Doctor Who has often been identity. Many of the companions learn more about themselves as they experience new things with the Doctor.