THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Rob Williams and Titan Comics bring back the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his comic book companion, Alice Obiefune, in a new story called ‘Remembrance’. The start of a third year of adventures.
The Doctor and Alice have just finished a series that took them back to the Time War, the Volatix, and forged an unbreakable bond between the Doctor and the librarian. The two friends now embark on a new journey that begins with an invitation from a Cwrier.
The comic actually begins with an odd side trip to an angry planet called Britzit, complete with angry British men muttering “Britzit” and an unmistakable image of Boris Johnson. Although the intro is very topical it doesn’t really add anything to the storyline – yet!?
The Thin White Duke
The story gets far more interesting, however, when the Doctor introduces an album by a musician named Jones, a beautiful genius. The Doctor calls him a “tall pale earl,” a clear reference to David Bowie, aka David Jones, the Thin White Duke. The Doctor has been summoned to meet his old friend Jones, and no one would have been better suited to know the Doctor than David Bowie. But Alice and the Doctor are stunned to see a memorial for the singer – beautifully drawn here I.N.J Culbard and both are intrigued by the appearance of the Cwrier. No one but Jones knew the Doctor would be meeting him at this time.
Hmm…a mysterious button!
Alice is momentarily taken aback by the Doctor’s philosophical reaction to the news of Jones’s death, but soon realises that the Doctor isn’t callous – he’s a non-human being, a thousand years old, who doesn’t see time in a linear fashion. The two immediately embark on a trip to a desert planet that is now populated by skyscraper-tall trees, but the Doctor is suspicious…and things get much, much worse when he sees a mysterious button. The Eleventh Doctor and a mysterious, forbidding looking button? No question – he pushes it.
The story is definitely off to a promising start. The real drama is in the trees growing in a former desert, each pulsing with a faint heartbeat. The introduction of the late, magnificent David Bowie is inspired, and the concluding image of “Remembrance” is utterly terrifying. The next chapter is eagerly awaited.
DOCTOR WHO ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 is available now in print or digital form.