In Review: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

This is a fairly good effort. The story while it doesn't blow me away just about does enough to keep me interested in the next issue

Synopsis: Join the Doctor’s most thrilling regeneration yet on mind-blowing adventures through time and space!

The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) is joined by three brand new companions: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole).

Review: We’ve seen the first television adventures of Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor Who. Now its time for her very first comic book adventure, which sees The Doctor and her companions led on a merry little chase.

The Story

When an art theft taking place in 1999 creates a temporal disturbance in the night sky. The Doctor and her companions can’t resist the urge to launch an investigation to find out what is the matter.

Written by Eisner-nominated Jody Houser. This first issue of 13’s comic book adventures acts as a pretty good introduction to the 13th Doctor and her new companions. The banter between the group is there as is the Doctor’s habit of calling them Team and saying Brilliant an awful lot.

Is the story brilliant though? I hear you ask.

To be fair and completely honest. It’s too early to tell. I think the characterizations and character beats and dialogue work well, but as far as the story goes. This opening issue barely scratches the surface in so far as we have not really been given enough information as yet to formulate an opinion one way or the other.

The Artwork

The art in this issue is really well realized. Rachael Stott does an excellent job with what she is given here and makes a strong impression from the very first panel. I loved how she presented the art theft, but most impressive was the image of the Doctor and her companions traveling through the temporal vortex.


This is a fairly good effort. The story while it doesn’t blow me away just about does enough to keep me interested in the next issue, but in order to keep that interest. Much more will have to happen in that second issue.

By far the strongest element of this issue is the art.

Doctor Who: The 13th Doctor #1 will be out in all good comics stores on Wednesday 7 November.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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