As the Thirteenth Doctor’s first comic adventure draws to a close, will the Time Lord and her friends be able to defeat the Hoarder?
The Thirteenth Doctor’s debut television series may be over, but her adventures with companions Ryan, Yaz, and Graham continue in Titan Comics‘ latest addition to the Doctor Who universe. This new comic series, which premiered back in November, has now reached its fourth issue, and the conclusion of its first story arc. It’s proven to be a perfect extension of the latest television series, as writer Jody Houser and artists Rachael Stott and Enrica Eren Angiolini have seamlessly translated the new Doctor and her friends from screen to page.
The previous issue left the Doctor and company falling down a mysterious hole under an alien temple in their search for the missing Dr Schulz. As luck would have it, they land right on top of her! It transpires that she’s been trying to replicate the antidote to the unknown ailment the Hoarder infected her with to force the two scientists to do his bidding.
Schulz reveals that she sabotaged Perkins’ vortex manipulator in order to free him from the Hoarder’s clutches. Although the Doctor chastises Schulz for trying to take on the task alone, it’s easy to see why she chose to send Perkins away, given their desperate situation. Nevertheless, it’s a testament to this Doctor’s open-heartedness and shows just how much she values the support of her ‘fam’ in dealing with whatever the universe has in store for them.
Overall, this final chapter provides a satisfying conclusion to the Thirteenth Doctor and friends’ debut comic adventure, with a number of rewarding moments. Perkins and Schulz stand together in defiance of their captor. The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham free all those kept prisoner by the Hoarder. The arrival of the Time Agency turns out to be fairly superfluous, however, as the Hoarder gets his just desserts when Perkins’ broken vortex manipulator traps him in a time loop.
Elsewhere, we’re once again treated in this issue to plenty of gorgeous artwork by Rachael Stott and Enrica Eren Angiolini. The double-page spread which sees our heroes escaping the alien temple is a particularly impressive moment. However, the highlight of the issue comes as the Hoarder is dragged into the time vortex. It’s a stunning piece of artwork in its own right, as well as it being a triumphant moment as such a formidable foe is defeated.
As this first chapter draws to a close, we end on a touching moment between the Doctor and Ryan. Reflecting on her advice to Schulz, she admits to him that his, Yaz and Graham’s company makes the whole universe feel brand new to her. It also appears that Team TARDIS has gained a new member in the form of one of the Hoarder’s reprogrammed robots. Time will tell whether this new mechanical companion will become a permanent part of the group!
The Adventure Continues…
With the Hoarder defeated, and Perkins, Schulz, and their fellow prisoners finally free, the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham can move on even more exciting adventures. This inaugural story arc has got this new comic series off to a very promising start. It’s introduced us to one of the most formidable (and aesthetically stunning) adversaries this Doctor has faced so far, as well as expertly capturing the likenesses and mannerisms of the current TARDIS crew. It’s reassuring to know that we’ll still be able to get our regular fix of adventures with the four of them as we enter a year without them on our screens!
The next instalment of Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor is set to take them to seventeenth-century Slovakia of all places. Who knows what awaits them there?
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #4 is available to purchase from all good comic shops from Wednesday 6th February.
Check out the three variant covers available for this issue, which feature artwork from Giorgia Sposito and Arianna Floeran, Will Brooks, and Rachael Stott, below!