Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1

What shocking past event brings three Doctors together – to combat an unknown foe with three incarnations in its sights?

Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artist:
Neil Edwards
Colours:
Ivan Nunes
Lettering:
Comicraft
Publisher:
Titan Comics

And so it came to pass, the collective Doctor Who fanbase unleashed a squeee loud enough to reverb through space and time…

…not that I’m exactly the odd one out! The idea of the current incarnation of the the Doctor (he of the grumpy eyebrows) meeting his two prior incarnations and the War Doctor is something that has certain parts of my brain doing dances of joy. For a first issue, the crossover delivers exactly what is expected of it and not much more. But what is there is still rather entertaining.

Paul Cornell continues to show that he may be one of the foremost authorities on the various characterisations of the titular character (if you can, check out his pieces for Tor.com). The series is worth it, if nothing else, for the three companions of the Doctor Who comics of the past year meeting up and sitting down for a chat. Then the Doctors get involved and it all goes to hell, with the return of a niche villains (and one of my favourites) The Reapers.

So far, so much standard Doctor Who crossover! It’s the addition of the War Doctor that intrigues me, as his story is on a separate tangent to the other Doctor’s and allows some mystery to be added to a story that otherwise lacks any, as readers know everything always turns out ok in these meetups.

The art style itself is a little mixed. Whilst it doesn’t quite get the appearances of everyone down, the mannerisms are carried through so each Doctor’s movement, gesticulations and gestures are clearly their own and tied to their personalities.

It’s an issue that does what it does and sets up things for next issue, but doesn’t really offer much in the way of surprise or variation, instead falling back on the ‘Doctors arguing with one another’ idea to carry the issue. A bit disappointing, but then sometimes it may be good to stick to what works.

Four Doctors is available from Titan Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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