Missy‘s latest plan draws to a close in the final instalment of Doctor Who Comic: Missy from Titan Comics
Doctor Who Comic: Missy #4 marks the end of Titan Comics‘ special four-part series celebrating fifty years since we first met the Master back in 1971’s Terror of the Autons.
During this break from following the current Doctor and her companions’ off-screen adventures, her best enemy Missy has instead stepped into the spotlight to carry out her latest scheme.
The Master Plan has followed Missy through her attempt to retrieve a fragment of the Key to Time. She’s not going it alone, however. Under the guise of “Doctor Who”, Missy has enlisted the help of none other than her former self (as portrayed by Roger Delgado). After breaking him out of the Stormcage Containment Facility, the two Masters have taken a whistle-stop tour back through their shared timeline to locate the device which will unlock the vault containing part of the Key to Time.
The conclusion of the previous issue saw Missy finally locate the key within UNIT headquarters, during the same period of time in which the Third Doctor found himself stranded there. However, the Master has his sights set on revenge as he goes in search of the Brigadier…
Missy #4 Sees Her Face a Final Choice Between Good and Evil
Having successfully achieved what she set out to do, Missy’s final obstacle in this concluding issue is her former self, whose thirst for vengeance looks set to derail their entire plan.
Their attempt to escape from UNIT headquarters allows for a very brief but much appreciated cameo from the Third Doctor and the Brigadier, who are brilliantly brought to life as ever by artists Ingranata, Angiolini, and Chankhamma. In particular, knowing that this is Enrica Eren Angiolini‘s final issue as colourist for Doctor Who Comic made me appreciate their work all the more. Their use of lighting alongside an outer-space backdrop is particularly effective in enhancing the tension and dramatic atmosphere of this issue’s TARDIS interior scenes.
What’s more, as with this mini-series’ preceding issues, Houser‘s juxtaposition of these two incarnations of the Master brilliantly highlights the contrast between Delgado and Gomez‘s portrayals of the character.
Their differences are brought most clearly into focus as this issue reaches it climax. A conflicted Missy is faced with a clear choice between doing good or evil, embracing change or sticking to her old ways. Houser‘s understanding of Missy’s character is clearly demonstrated in this moment, as Missy’s ultimate decision encapsulates her incarnation’s morality, and shows the ways in which she’s grown whilst also remaining the same old Master at her core.
Across these past four issues, the Doctor Who Comic team have brought us a well-paced story that not only captures Missy’s irresistible humour and mischievousness, but also one that examines and expands on the internal conflict we saw her wrestle with throughout Series 10. It’s essential reading for any fan of her character.
Doctor Who Comic: Missy #4 is available to purchase now from Forbidden Planet, ComiXology, and all good comic retailers.
The climactic conclusion to the Doctor Who Missy mini-series!
Can the Third and Twelfth Doctors stop their greatest adversary from executing her lethal plot?
Check out the three variant covers available for this issue below, featuring artwork from Blair Shedd, Donna Askem, and Claudia Caranfa.
Doctor Who: Missy is available to pre-order now from Amazon and ComiXology, and is due for release on 12th October 2021.
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