Can the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors work together to fix the terrible time paradox they’ve created in Doctor Who Comic #4?
The fourth instalment of Titan Comics‘ recently re-launched Doctor Who series brings with it the conclusion of Doctor Who Comic‘s inaugural arc. Despite its re-branding under this broader and more inclusive heading, this story does in fact continue directly on from the latest issue of Titan‘s Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor series.
The Thirteenth Doctor‘s final arc saw the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors cross paths in 1960s London, in a story which expanded on Steven Moffat‘s modern classic television episode, Blink. Together, alongside their companions, they fought of both the Weeping Angels and the Autons as they threatened to take over the Earth.
However, their meeting created a time paradox, which has altered the planet’s timeline in unexpected and drastic ways. The conclusion of The Thirteenth Doctor‘s last issue saw the Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan land back in the present day to find London in ruins under a red and stormy sky.
The Story So Far
Now, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors have been brought together once again, as they work to save an Earth that has now been invaded by the Sea Devils. In a rather timey-wimey turn of events, it transpires that the event which allowed the planet’s timeline to change so drastically was one that the Thirteenth Doctor herself put a stop to before.
After a Skithra Queen (whose predecessor we met on-screen in Series 12’s Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror) quite literally bursts in to save the humans imprisoned by the Sea Devils, the Thirteenth Doctor realises that, in this version of reality, the Skithra successfully abducted Tesla, which started the chain of events that allowed the Sea Devils to invade Earth.
Elsewhere, the Tenth Doctor has reunited with Rose Tyler. However, the altered timeline means that Rose never met the Doctor, and instead has become the leader of the human resistance against their alien overlords. Nevertheless, she has reluctantly agreed to join the Tenth Doctor in his efforts to correct Earth’s history.
Doctor Who Comic #3 saw the two Doctors and their companions, along with the Skithra Queen, band together and travel to early 1900’s New York, before hopping over to Scotland, where the Sea Devils are hibernating beneath the Raven Peninsula. They were able to ward of the Skithra agents who are set to awaken the Sea Devils to use as an army to take over the Earth. Now, they’re off to try and save Tesla, as well as Edison (both of whom have been captured by the Skithra) in an attempt to fix Earth’s timeline…
Doctor Who Comic #4 Neatly Wraps Up a Complex Story Arc
Having averted the Sea Devils’ invasion, Doctor Who Comic #4 opens with the Doctors and their crew formulating a plan to rescue Tesla and Edison from the Skithra, and in so doing, correct Earth’s timeline. Surprisingly enough, it’s the Skithra Queen herself who steps up to the plate to spearhead their rescue mission. Her role in this concluding chapter of Alternating Current cements her as one of Jody Houser‘s most memorable characters in Titan Comics‘ Doctor Who series. Her exit is powerfully depicted through Ingranata, Angiolini, and Chankhamma’s artwork.
Elsewhere, as with her previous stories, Houser provides a neat conclusion to what has been a rather complex arc. Although all the loose ends are tied up, it’s difficult not to feel as though this story tried to juggle a few too many elements at times. Despite the re-appearances of the Sea Devils and Rose Tyler being two of the biggest selling points of this arc, both felt as though they were side-lined somewhat by its incorporation of several elemnts of Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror.
Nevertheless, perhaps the most intriguing part of this issue is its final few pages. Doctor Who Comic #4‘s conclusion not only help to place last year’s two-part Time Lord Victorious comic, ‘Defender of the Daleks‘ within Titan Comics‘ timeline, but also sets up the Thirteenth Doctor and co’s next comic adventure, as the final page leaves the reader with another surprising but rather exciting cliffhanger.
With Doctor Who Comic taking a break from the current Doctor’s adventures to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Master’s first television appearance, it’s unclear as to how long we’ll have to wait for this cliffhanger to be resolved. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later!