Synopsis: The Doctor and her companions save Christmas from a contemptible coup by the cantankerous Krampus! But is everyone’s favorite Time Lord listed under ‘Naughty’… or ‘Nice’?
Review: Jody Houser ends her Christmas two-parter in the best possible way.
Having been captured in the last issue by Mr. Henderson and his army of Toy Soldiers. The Doctor, Graham, Yaz, and Ryan still have more questions than answers when it comes to the identity of their host, but all that is about to change thanks to some help from health and safety elf Baxter.
As Baxter leads them through the complex they gradually unravel the clues and begin to regain their memories and learn that Mr. Henderson is an alias for the Anti-Santa better known as Krampus. The evil plan is to build a device so Krampus can teleport around sucking energy from all the Children and turning the Christmas Holidays into a period ruled by fear instead of love. Will the Doctor and her friends manage to stop Krampus?
Roberta Ingranata once again knocks it out of the part with some stunning artwork, which wouldn’t look out of place on a Christmas Card. Her drawing of Krampus is fantastic and just the right level of scary to have you decking behind the sofa. I also loved the Santa disguise that Krampus took on and how the eyes glowed when Krampus was slightly irked. And the drawing of Baxter the elf was also a lot of fun.
One of the best images though comes toward the end of the book where we see the Tardis packed up against a wonderful snowscape with a Christmas wreath hanging from the door and a tiny mince pie left on the floor.
This second book of the story arc scores really high on the Holiday fun factor despite the fact that it was sort of a predictable story, but with the solid artwork and the feel-good factor. You’d have to be a total Grinch not to go along with it.