Doctor Who Comic returns with a difference, as Titan Comics celebrate 50 years of the Master
Following a short break, Titan Comics‘ ongoing Doctor Who series has returned, but this time with a difference. Since 2018, Doctor Who Comic (previously titled Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor) has followed the off-screen adventures of the current TARDIS team. The series’ two most recent arcs have also seen appearances from the Tenth Doctor, as well as his companions Martha Jones and Rose Tyler.
Now, Doctor Who Comic is following the adventures of an all together different kind of protagonist, at least for the next four issues. To celebrate fifty years since the Master’s first appearance in 1971’s Terror of the Autons, this arc sees Missy (as portrayed on-screen by Michelle Gomez) take centre stage.
In keeping with her previous Doctor Who stories, Missy #1 sees Houser blend various elements of the show’s expansive universe together to create a new but familiar-feeling story. This story’s synopsis promises appearances from the Third and Twelfth Doctors, as well as “more Doctors and Masters than ever before”.
For the moment, however, Missy is undoubtedly the star of the show. Missy #1 sees her reprise her show-stopping role as that mysterious adventurer, ‘Doctor Who’, as last seen in Series 10’s World Enough and Time. Plus, this time around, she’s even got her own brilliant twist on a Doctor-esque costume, courtesy of artists Ingranata, Angiolini, and Chankhamma. Her new look perfectly combines her usual Mary Poppins-style ensemble, whilst also taking inspiration from the Thirteenth Doctor, along with previous incarnations’ question mark motif. It’s undoubtedly one of the highlights of this issue!
Titan Comics‘ Doctor Who team have proven themselves more than capable of translating well-loved on-screen characters for the page, and Missy is no different. As ever, Houser‘s dialogue, combined with Starking‘s lettering, makes it hard not to hear Michelle Gomez’s voice speaking as you read. She’s just as absurd, witty, and cunning as she ever was.
As for Missy’s latest scheme, it’s difficult to discuss without revealing too much about the plot of this first issue. Missy #1 takes place within the Stormcage Containment Facility, with Missy seeking the assistance of a certain prisoner who’s very close to her hearts. Houser has once again made excellent use of her medium, as she imagines how characters who could never have met on screen would interact with one another.
What’s more, as well as incorporating settings and characters from across the Doctor Who universe, Missy’s plan involves an artefact first encountered by the Fourth Doctor, which has reappeared many times since across the show’s expanded universe.
What we can say, however, is that the Master’s comic debut has gotten off to an excellent start, and we can’t wait to see how Missy’s cunning plan unfolds across the next three instalments!
Doctor Who Comic: Missy #1 is available to purchase now from Forbidden Planet, ComiXology, and all good comic retailers.
MISSY wages war on the Doctor, but this time she’s not alone! Can the combined brilliance of the Third and Twelfth Doctor avert her deadly scheme, or will she get her hands on a secret weapon capable of wreaking havoc on the universe? This special story, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Master’s first appearance, will feature more Doctors and Masters than ever before.