Hattie ventures into the depths below to save the Doctor and discovers a trapped creature who has been buried in the ocean for millions of years.
In the concluding chapter to Beneath the Waves, Hattie takes the plunge into an underwater world to rescue the Doctor. What she doesn’t expect to find is a giant eye peering down at her and with the Doctor’s help, she rediscovers her love of music by using her musical talent to release the creature trapped inside its own ship.
Writer George Mann concludes this story with a satisfying end as he uses Hattie’s boredom to re-ignite her passion for music while saving the creature from its entrapment. Even though the idea of a creature becoming trapped under the ocean for millions of years isn’t a new one, there is room for reflection on how the Doctor uses his adventures to re-connect his friends with their passions.
The Doctor and Hattie’s friendship develops quite drastically when Hattie decides to risk her life to save the Doctor. The Doctor’s acknowledgement of Hattie’s talent and loyalty to him allows their relationship to become stronger and more playful.
Artist Mariano Laclaustra with art assistance from Fer Centurion and Nico Selma have produced some of the most extraordinary artwork. A huge section of the story relies entirely on their ambitious, bold and daring direction. The steep panels and epic crackling of electricity emitting from the Doctor’s anguished body is a stunning masterpiece.
The underwater world’s atmosphere is visualised beautifully; dark blues and swirling greys create a realistic and mysterious aesthetic. The close-up of the Doctor’s menacing eyes against the creatures’ as he forms a psychic link with them was crisp and created a sense of profoundness.
The concluding chapter to this three-part story is a sensational piece of artistic engineering and provides a satisfying conclusion to The Doctor and Hattie’s adventure with renewed passion and inspiration.