Doctor Who just wouldn’t be Doctor Who without the Doctor dealing with timey-wimey goofiness. The creative team for Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor gets that and gives it to us in spades in this issue.
Jody Houser, Roberta Ingranata, Enrica Eren Angiolini, and Comicraft’s Richard Starkings, Sarah Jacobs, and John Roshell thrust the TARDIS crew into another forgotten war of Earth’s history. That doesn’t mean the strangeness isn’t continuing though.
The Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz cross paths with Doctors Schulz and Perkins again, however for the duo it’s been a better part of a decade, while it’s only been a few days or weeks for the TARDIS crew. However, they have the same goal- finding the alien flesh eaters that have been bouncing around Earth’s forgotten wars. And what does a popular history podcast have to do with all of this?
If you thought the first half of the arc was full of time travel weirdness, Houser blows that out of the water in this issue. It’s full of divergent timelines, time cops, alien evolution, and the world’s most popular podcast (that reads like a joke from SNL, doesn’t it?). This isn’t just Houser throwing it at a wall to see what sticks though, because it’s wrapped in a fun story, and she makes it all make sense as a mystery rather than just a jumbled mess.
Ingranata is a welcome addition to the team. Her style is a bit more cartoony than the series has been to date, but that allows her to let loose, using exaggerated facial expressions and motion. She has a sense of animated action, breaking through gutters and panels to create a sense of flow on the page. Angiolini takes that in stride, adding lighting and effects, as well as moody colors that set the scene and makes Ingranata’s line work come to life.
This continues to be a great adaptation of classic Who themes, with a modern sensibility and a lot of style.
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #7 is available now from Titan Comics.