Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #11 sees the Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan team up with swashbuckling Time Lord the Corsair for a daring heist!
Now almost at the conclusion of its third story arc, Titan Comics‘ Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor series has recently seen the current TARDIS crew team up with an old friend of the Doctor’s, the Corsair. If you feel as though this Time Lord’s name rings a bell, you’d be right. Created by none other than Neil Gaiman, the Corsair was first mentioned in his 2011 Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife, as mentioned in BlogtorWho‘s review of this series’ previous issue. Writer Jody Houser, along with her creative team, have drawn on Gaiman’s work to breath life into this once obscure character.
Thus far, Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor‘s current arc has seen the Doctor wrongly accused of stealing the sacred Gem of Niag from the planet Devivian. However, the ‘fam’ were able to track down the real culprit – the bold and adventurous Corsair. This fellow Time Lord claims to have been tasked with the theft of this precious artefact by her employer, who wishes to return the gem to its rightful owners. Now, the Corsair has roped in a reluctant Doctor, Graham, Ryan, and Yaz to help her pull off another robbery.
As Issue #11 opens, we’re introduced to the scene of the Corsair’s latest crime. She and the ‘fam’ materialise on the stunning sky-city of Raddplina. Its glittering skyscrapers are as beautifully rendered as readers have come to expect from this series by artist Roberta Ingranata, colourist Enrica Eren Angiolini, and flatters Aaron Daly and Shari Chankhamma. This choice of setting continues the somewhat Star Wars-esque feel of this arc. Issues #9 and #10 gave us alien ships and cantina brawls, and now Raddplina (whether intentionally or not) immediately brings Lando Calrissian’s Cloud City to mind.
Before their arrival on Raddplina, it transpires that the Corsair has called on the Doctor and friends’ help because her next target sits locked behind a complex vault door. Throughout this issue, it becomes increasingly clear that the Corsair is in many ways the antithesis of the Doctor. She’s a true lone ranger, who cares very little about anyone’s wellbeing except her own, especially if they’re human.
‘Old Friends‘ also continues to brilliantly illustrate the versatility of Doctor Who, particularly in comic-book form. As well as delving deeper into a previously minor character, this series shows off just how seamlessly Doctor Who can move between genres by placing our heroes in the middle of an outer-space heist!
This issue also features a surprising callback to an early television adventure which featured Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. However, the biggest shock comes at the issue’s conclusion, as the true identity of the Corsair’s employer is revealed…