Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Paul Cornell returns to Doctor Who comics with THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION! When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilise immediately – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader… But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis!

It’s classic Third Doctor action as you’ve never seen it before!

I’m not versed in the history of all the Doctors on Doctor Who; the Third Doctor is really quite different from any of the other Doctors I’ve seen. Instead of operating alone, with a companion along for the ride, this Doctor appears to be attached to British military intelligence, or at least a branch thereof. It provides quite a different take on the Doctor. Number Three himself is entertaining, with his punny jalopy (Hand mirrors! Get it?!) and wooly globe of hair. And he actually has an arch-nemesis! Obviously this isn’t particularly original in and of itself, but when applied to the Doctor it’s oddly intriguing.

As for the comic itself, the artwork isn’t particularly compelling. The writing is better, moving the story swiftly from point to point; Number Three is quirky and funny without being annoyingly self-aware, and the other characters do their part. All in all, it’s the comics equivalent of a British television episode from the sixties. I’m not complaining. It’s a fun comic, and an interesting take on the Doctor.

Final Verdict: 3 out of 5

Dr. Who: The Third Doctor #5 can be found at 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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