Rob Lake reviews Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Year 2 #1…
With Doctor Who now kicking off its twelfth season with the two part episode ‘Spyfall, the good folks over at Titan Comics have given us another adventure to sink into this new year. The creative team of Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata bring us a tale that features a team up with the Doctor’s tenth incarnation and a story that ever so slightly ties into the Doctor’s own past.
The opening issue sees The Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan planing a trip to Woodstock in 1969. The TARDIS however has other ideas and deposits our group in to the middle of London. Whilst Graham reminisces of his younger days and being too young to experience Woodstock the first time around, The Doctor realises that the TARDIS has brought them to this era of London for a reason.
We then get a switch in perspective to Ten and Martha. After getting transported back in time, Martha works in a clothes shop whilst the Tenth Doctor is setting his future plan into motion. Meanwhile Thirteen tasks Graham, Yaz and Ryan to shadow her past self whilst she sets off in search of Martha.
Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata have done a superb job of capturing the over all essence of the T.V. show and have done a wonderful job of translating these characters from screen to page. The tie in to the episode ‘Blink’ is a nice setting for the inevitable team-up and a nice piece of fan service. The character interactions with each other feel genuine and are played out exactly how they would on the small screen. The Weeping Angels also make quite an effective foe for the present companions, and their simple yet effective method of time travel could open up some interesting developments as the series goes on.
I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series pans out and it’s safe to say that Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata have grabbed my attention with their storytelling. For any Whovian this will be a series worth spending your time getting into!