In Review: Doctor Who #3.2: Empire of the Wolf

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Doctor Who: The Movie starring the Eighth Doctor!
Empire

Synopsis: This month in Empire of the Wolf. Trapped in a parallel universe, Rose Tyler believed her adventures with The Doctor were over. Now, pulled by a mysterious energy into this reality, she must work with The Doctors (Matt Smith and Paul McGann) to end the rule of the warmongering Bad Wolf Empress!

 

The Story

Having picked up a signal from a remote planet called Creerm. The 11th Doctor lands to check out what is going on and meets up with Empress Rose. He finds out that the Empress is having memories from the original Rose Tyler that he traveled with. When he cannot give her a definitive answer for why she is having theme memories. The Empress has The Doctor confined to quarters.

Meanwhile somewhere in time and space. The 8th Doctor has picked up the original Rose Tyler and is trying to help her figure out a way of getting home. But when his Tardis finds out that there is another Rose Tyler and another version of himself on Creerm. He has to land and investigate. Even though the investigation could create a paradox. As they arrive Rose and the 8th Doctor find and connect with the 11th Doctor.

 

Artwork

Roberta Ingranata continues to do fantastic things with the artwork. I particularly love the differences between the two versions of Rose. Empress Rose has a prominent scar down the middle of her face, which is a great way to differentiate her from the Rose that we know. Using a scar to differentiate between our version of a character and an alternate universe version is a trope that dates back to the Third Doctor serial ‘Inferno’. In that story. It was The Brigadier who had a scar, but he also wore an eyepatch.

Additionally, I also like the attention to detail that the artist paid to the different tardis interiors.

 

Overall

Empire of the Wolf continues the story and gets us to the epic meeting between the 8th and 11th Doctors.

Jody Houser does a solid job of writing the dialogue and pretty much nails the personalities of these two Doctors, who are from very different eras of the series. I particularly liked how the 11th Doctor and 8 start bickering from the moment that they meet. And I also appreciated how Rose had to separate them like a mother separating two little boys. Overall. A fun story with a little bit of a mystery for our two Doctors to solve. I’m looking forward to February for the next issue.

9.7
Doctor Who #3.2: Empire of the Wolf
  • Covers
    9.5
  • Story
    9.7
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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