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REVIEW: Titan Comics – Doctor Who Comic: Missy #3

Titan Comics - Doctor Who Comic: Missy #3 - Cover A (Abigail Larson)

Missy and the Master take a trip down memory lane in the penultimate instalment of Doctor Who Comic: Missy from Titan Comics

In celebration of fifty years since the first appearance of the Doctor’s best enemy in 1971’s Terror of the Autons, Titan Comics’ Doctor Who Comic series has taken a break from following the current Doctor’s off-screen adventures to give Missy (as portrayed on-screen by Michelle Gomez) centre stage.

Across the past two issues, we’ve followed Missy as she carries out her latest scheme. She’s in pursuit of a fragment of the Key to Time, and has enlisted none other than her former self – namely Roger Delgado‘s original Master – to help her retrieve it. After breaking him out of the Stormcage Containment Facility under the guise of “Doctor Who”, the pair are about to embark on a journey back through the Doctor and the Master’s own personal timelines.

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Missy #3 Sees the Masters Reflect on Their Own Past (and Future) Selves

In rather Doctor-like fashion, Missy employs that aid of a handy gadget to help the Master and herself pinpoint the location of the key somewhere along their shared timeline. Their journey takes them backwards in time to select moments from their respective past and future incarnations. The Doctor Who Comic team therefore once again make full use of the strengths of their medium, as it allows Missy and the Master to hop from scene to scene, seamlessly becoming part of well-loved television stories in a manner it would be difficult to achieve on-screen.

It’s safe to say that the two Masters’ quips and commentary on their other incarnations is one of the highlights of this Doctor Who Comic arc. Missy’s reference to John Simm’s resurrected Master circa The End of Time as ‘the emo phase’ particularly tickled me.

Elsewhere, there’s still room for some more poignant moments as Missy and the Master reflect on their past and future escapades, not least when they pay an unexpected visit to a moment from their very early life. As well as this, their travels across their own history naturally feed into Missy’s own current introspection, which continues to be one of the most interesting aspects of this story. It seems that finding the key isn’t the only reason she’s taking this trip, as she tells the Master that “sometimes I need to remind myself that I’m better than this.”

As this penultimate instalment of this anniversary story comes to a close, it seems that the Master’s vengeful nature might end up derailing Missy’s scheme. We’ll have to see whether everything ends up going according to plan in this month’s final issue!

Doctor Who Comic: Missy #3 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.

Check out the three variant covers available for this issue below, featuring artwork from Abigail Larson, Andrew Leung, and Claudia Caranfa.



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