A nice treat for comics fans today with a sneak preview of Doctors Ten and Eleven making their first appearances in Titan Comics’ eagerly awaited series!
We may all be waiting with baited breath for the on-screen debut of Peter Capaldi, but it’s not all about the new guy. Titan, who as we reported in January have won the licence to produce Doctor Who comics, are about to launch two new runs to be released alongside one another with one featuring David Tenant and the other Matt Smith.
The early signs are certainly promising. Based on the first three pages of each issue’s opening, we can look forward to some nicely drawn artwork (that fish-eye depiction of Sunset Park is beautifully done) and an intriguing beginning to each new adventure for the Doctor. But perhaps most interesting of all are the new companions the Doctor will be travelling with…
Ah yes, “the assistants,” as Rose would no doubt be horrified to hear them described! The Eleventh Doctor can be seen in these early pages meeting Alice Obiefune and, in panels reminiscent of the opening to Smith and Jones, there’s one of those moments where the Doctor meets someone fleetingly who he’s clearly already met in their future but his past.
The Tenth Doctor will, as we already know, also have a new friend to travel with, although she’s not in evidence here. Gabby Gonzalez is described as being “stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things.”
Overall these new series from Titan look to be adopting a style that’s reasonably faithful to the parent show, and one could easily imagine the TV series using these opening scenes – a catchy set-up in each case, more than enough questions posed in the early panels to keep the reader engaged, and with the Doctor at the heart of the story from the off.
Both new companions look to be believable, well-drawn characters, with the writers opting for a somewhat more realistic characterisation than, say, some of the more out-there sidekicks we’ve seen in the Doctor Who Magazine strip.
If there’s a criticism it’s that the likeness of the Doctor is not quite on the money in either case. Perhaps this will improve as the artists grow more accustomed to the gig?
The first issues of both Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor are published on July 23rd 2014, although UK readers will have to make do with a digital subscription or wait for imports. Fans can also look forward to special launch events at Comickaze Comic Store, San Diego and Forbidden Planet in Bristol and London in the UK.
Let us know what you think of Titan’s handiwork, and head to i09.com to view the debut pages in full!