Careening through the universe and all of time, the thirteenth Doctor lands on Earth again in a storybook surrounding that is nothing like it seems. Every shadow hides danger and gives way to absurd verbal tinkery.
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Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #5 & #6
Written by Jody Houser
Pencilled by Rachel Stott
Colored by Enrica Eren Angiolini & Tracy Bailey
Lettered by Richard Starkings & Sarah Jocasta & John Roshell
Published by Titan Comics
Synopsis: The Tardis fam arrives on Earth, surrounded by sheep! The Doctor, Ryan, Yaz, and Graham encounter Magda—inexplicably the only inhabitant of a large well-architected village. No, I mean it never gets explained! One assumes everyone has left. And true to form there are aliens in the shadows!
Issue 5 is well written in the vein of Jodi Whittaker’s debut season. Tying in the sheep was clever. The downside of well written in that sense is that the whole issue spews nonsense. Issue 6 leaves the encounter completely unresolved as the “fam” move on. I can’t remember a Doctor Who story ever doing this before. Since we know the Tardis can never return to it’s own past a McGuffin has to be introduced.
Psychic paper returns. I hate psychic paper as a writing crutch as much as I hate the sonic screwdriver being a magic wand.
So, I find writing flaws in the comics but they completely capture the quality of the show.
The art is enjoyable but the colors by Angiolini & Bailey sell the visuals.
Lettering took three people. I can’t find a flaw in the lettering—but three people?
If you love Jodi Whittaker’s Doctor this is a 3 of 5 stars. But if you are not, these comics deserve a 2 of 5 and are not a buy, continuing Titan’s thin performance in the Doctor Who brand.
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