Missy‘s latest plot continues, as she teams up with a couple of familiar faces in the second instalment of Titan Comics‘ Missy-centric Doctor Who Comic arc
Titan Comics‘ ongoing Doctor Who series has taken a brief interlude from following the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions’ off-screen adventures to instead give a different Time Lord some time in the spotlight. To celebrate 50 years since the first appearance of the Master in 1971’s Terror of the Autons, last month saw Titan Comics kick off a four-part arc following Missy (as portrayed on-screen by Michelle Gomez) as she carries out her latest scheme.
This mini-series’ opening issue saw Missy arrive at Stormcage Containment Facility, where she’s taken on the guise of that mysterious adventurer in all of time and space, known only as “Doctor Who”, complete with her own fantastic and whimsical costume. There, she seeks out the assistance of a certain prisoner who she hopes can help her retrieve a fragment of the Key to Time. That prisoner, it turns out, is none other than her former self, specifically the very first incarnation of the Master we met all those years ago, as played by Roger Delgado.
As ever, Titan Comics‘ Doctor Who team have proved themselves able to expertly bring beloved characters to life on the page, as well as to weave aspects of both the modern and classic series together to create unique stories that could never have been realised on-screen. Indeed, they continue to demonstrate this skill as Missy’s story continues in this second issue.
Missy #2 Brings More Surprising Cameos, plus Some Serious Self-Reflection
One of Missy #2‘s most significant and intriguing revelations comes within its opening pages, as a brief flashback helps to place when in Missy’s personal timeline this story takes place. As alluded to in the previous issue, she finds herself in the midst of her imprisonment by the Twelfth Doctor, and his subsequent efforts to teach her to be a better person. Missy #2 therefore provides an insightful portrayal of her inner struggle between good and evil, particularly in juxtaposition to her double-crossing past self.
Elsewhere, we’re treated to a brief but brilliant cameo from other Stormcage inmate. It’s one I’m sure many readers had hoped for upon seeing where the previous issue was set. Despite only appearing across a few pages, their dramatic entrance and bittersweet exit makes this cameo one of the highlights of the issue.
What’s more, it seems that the Master’s cunning plan to recover the fragment of the Key to Time will involve even more self-reflection for himself and Missy. It’ll be intriguing to see how this planned trip down memory lane might affect Missy’s current internal conflict, and by extension how Houser and co. will continue to reflect on the Master’s past lives and personalities through this anniversary story.
Doctor Who Comic: Missy #2 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.