The Ninth Doctor is back for the second part of ‘Doctormania’, and in this issue, there’s a distinct shift in tone. Whereas part one was a tongue-in-cheek parody of Doctor Who fandom, part two throws much more emphasis onto the concept of identity theft. Fortunately, as revealed in the climax of the last issue, there’s a perfectly good monster on hand to help tackle that theme – the Slitheen!
Having masqueraded as The Doctor himself, the Slitheen’s true form are now no longer a secret – at least, to Rose Tyler. However, this story is much more than a simple revenge plot. While the body-snatching baddies are definitely not best pleased about The Doctor wreaking havoc on their family (as seen in Series 1’s Aliens of London/World War Three), their scheme is much more personal. The Slitheen we encounter are actually remnants on the run, hunted down by the similar looking yet differently inclined Jinglatheen race who want to finish wiping them out for good. Their plan of stealing The Doctor’s identity, then, is two-fold in its purpose – to help them hide in plain sight, and also to conjure up a cunning plan that will lead them to the reward of the Raxasian Vault treasures…
Needless to say, the Jinglatheen soon make themselves known, whisking “The Doctor” away to help save the Raxas civilisation from economic collapse – with Rose kidnapped in tow. Meanwhile, the real Doctor has been arrested for identity theft and pleads his case of innocence. It soon becomes clear that he’s telling the truth, and following a jailbreak from Captain Jack, the secrets of the Slitheen come to light. The race is on to find the alien menace and save Rose, who has managed to get herself into even deeper trouble – as the issue reaches its climax, she takes it upon herself to unmask her kidnapper’s true form… and in doing so, inadvertently makes herself an accomplice to their cause. All hell breaks loose and civil war is declared – but will Rose be able to escape its wrath?
While this issue lacks the sheer originality and satirical fun found in part one, it makes up for it with genuine suspense and a far darker tone. It’s a welcome return for the Slitheen and it sets the ball rolling for a much grander story to follow. The phony Doctor may no longer be a mystery, but as Rose will no doubt discover, surely even a fake Time Lord is better than none at all…
- Writer: Cavan Scott
- Artist: Adriana Melo
- Colorist: Matheus Lopes
- Letterer: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
- Publisher: Titan Comics
- Released: 25th May 2016