Titan Comics celebrates 50 years of the Master in their new graphic novel, Doctor Who: Missy
Titan Comics are back with the latest instalment in their ongoing Doctor Who Comic series, but this one is a little different. Until now, Doctor Who Comic has followed the off-screen adventures of the current Doctor and her companions. This story, however, sees an all together different Time Lord take centre stage, as Titan Comics celebrates fifty years since the Master‘s first appearance back in 1971’s Terror of the Autons.
Doctor Who: Missy follows the eponymous Time Lady as she carries out her latest scheme. She’s plotting to track down a fragment of the Key to Time, but she can’t do it alone. Under the guise of “Doctor Who”, she infiltrates the Stormcage Containment Facility to recruit an unlikely partner in crime – none other than her former self, the Master, as first portrayed fifty years ago by Roger Delgado. These two incarnations must now work together to retrieve the treasure Missy is searching for.
Doctor Who: Missy Provides an Insightful Examination of the Character
As such an entertaining and charismatic figure, Missy proves to be perfect incarnation of the Master to place at the centre of a story celebrating the character. She’s brilliantly suited to being the star of the show, as is clear from her self-titled Big Finish range, and again in this graphic novel.
The creative team behind Titan‘s Doctor Who Comic series have demonstrated many times over their skill in translating well-loved character from the television series into comic-book form, and Missy is no different. Jody Houser‘s dialogue, in combination with Richard Starking‘s lettering, perfectly capture the character’s voice, and by extension Michelle Gomez‘s performance. She’s just as witty, cunning, and absurd as she’s ever been.
The team’s keen understanding of Missy’s character is encapsulated in the disguise they’ve designed for her as she masquerades as “Doctor Who”. It’s an ingenious combination of Missy’s usual Mary Poppins-inspired outfit with a kind of colourful whimsy, which shows a very in-character understanding as well as mockery of the Doctor’s fashion sense. Ingranata, Angiolini, and Chankhamma‘s combined work on the introductory splash page in which we first see Missy decked out in her “Doctor Who” costume is undoubtedly one of the stand-out moments of this graphic novel.
What’s more, the Doctor Who Comic team once again show off their skill at blending together different elements of both the classic and modern series throughout this story. As with their previous Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor crossover stories, they do so without assuming any prior knowledge, making the story accessible to any Doctor Who fan. Readers can expect brief but impactful cameos from several Doctors, Masters, and a few other fan-favourite characters along the way.
Most notably, pairing Missy with Roger Delgado‘s original incarnation of the Master allows us to see interactions play out between two versions of the character that could never have played out on-screen. Additionally, having Missy team up with her former self also brings to light the ways in which the Master’s character has evolved over the past fifty years, whilst also remaining the same in other ways.
As this story takes place (on Missy’s personal timeline at least) partway through the events of Series 10, we find Missy struggling with her own internal conflict between good and evil. Interacting with her former self, combined with reflecting back on her and the Doctor’s shared past, all whilst maintaining the guise of “Doctor Who”, leads to a very interesting examination of Missy’s character throughout this graphic novel.
These moments of self-reflection as the two Masters look back over their respective past and future in their search for the Key to Time see Ingranata, Angiolini, and Chankhamma breathe new life into a number of memorable moments from previous television stories. Indeed, the artists’ work, and particularly their often intricately detailed backgrounds, enhances the atmosphere of every scene. The section examining the artists’ process which can be found towards the back of this graphic novel is well worth a look, as it shines a light on the thought and attention to detail that goes into producing a story like this.
Overall, Doctor Who: Missy is a must-read for any fan of Michelle Gomez‘s incarnation of the Time Lord. The story provides an insightful examination of her character, and a fitting tribute to the Master.
BlogtorWho are participating in Titan Comics‘ Doctor Who blog tour to celebrate the release of Doctor Who: Missy and Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf. As part of this, we’ve also interviewed writer Jody Houser about her experience of creating this story to celebrate 50 years of the Master.
Up next on the blog tour are DW Comic Art, so be on the look out tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd November) for their interview with artist Roberta Ingranata:
— Doctor Who Comic Art (@DWComicArt) October 29, 2021
Doctor Who: Missy is available to purchase now from Forbidden Planet, Amazon, ComiXology, and all good comic retailers.
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