Synopsis: When something enormous and extraterrestrial crashes into Bedfordshire, the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately to investigate – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader!
Review: Titan continues its ongoing quest to showcase classic ‘Doctor Who’ and launches its Third Doctor series with an absolute gem.
Paul Cornell writes us a yarn that is very befitting the Jon Pertwee era of ‘Doctor Who’.
This has everything you’d expect from the UNIT era of ‘Doctor Who’ and the character beats and voices are written so well that you can actually hear the voices of Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Nicholas Courtney in your head when reading.
The story involves an invasion of robots that seemingly have the ability to rebuild themselves whenever they are destroyed. A fact, which absolutely has the Doctor’s interest.
There are a few fun elements in this story, which tie it to the modern era of ‘Doctor Who’. One is a certain ancestor of a member of the modern UNIT team who works with the Doctor on creating a force field.
The art by Christopher Jones is pretty damn good. He has the likeness of the key characters done pretty well and the colours by HiFi add a great atmosphere. I loved some of the blue and white shades that he used for the forcefield.
The comic has five covers to pick from and all are true to the Pertwee era of the show. The best of them in my opinion is the montage of The Doctor and Jo with Liz Shaw and some of that era’s monsters. Hopefully we’ll see Liz Shaw brought into a story in future issues.
This is a great introduction to The Third Doctor that I think both old and new fans will enjoy.
Paul Cornell does some outstanding work in that he finds the character voices with great ease.