The Thirteenth Doctor and friends return for a second season at Titan Comics alongside the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones in Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Season Two #1!
Following a fantastic first year, Titan Comics’ Thirteenth Doctor series is back for another run. Across fourteen issues, spanning three arcs and a two-part Holiday Special, the current on-screen TARDIS team have continued their adventures across the furthest reaches of time and space. They’ve encountered flesh-eating aliens terrorising Earth’s past, plus the formidable and greed-fuelled Hoarder. They’ve joined forced with the Time Agency, and a even fellow Time Lord, the swashbuckling Corsair!
Writer Jody Houser, along with regular artists Rachael Stott, Enrica Eren Angiolini, and Roberta Ingranata, as well as letterers Richard Starkings and Comicraft‘s Sarah Hedricks, have combined their talents to produce a perfect extension of the current television series and bring us our regular dose of Doctor Who during this last year’s hiatus.
Season Two Promises The Thirteenth Doctor’s Biggest Adventure Yet
Now, as we enter this new year, the Thirteenth Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham are finally back on our screens. Series 12 has kicked off with epic two-part opener Spyfall, a grand international Bond-esque thriller which contained some huge revelations. Luckily, the beginning of this new year also marks the return of the ‘fam’ to comics, and Titan Comics have similarly pulled out all the stops for this second season’s first arc.
Across the next few issues, the Thirteenth Doctor and friends are set to team up with the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). In a re-imagining of Steven Moffat‘s now-iconic 2007 television episode ‘Blink‘, these two incarnation of the Time Lord and their friends will have to work together to stop 1960s London becoming a battle ground for the Weeping Angels and Autons!
It’s certainly an adventurous move to take on one of the best-loved episodes of Doctor Who of recent years. Can Houser and co. successfully put a fresh spin on this modern classic?
Issue #1 Provides a Fresh Perspective on ‘Blink’
As this issue opens, the Thirteenth Doctor, Ryan, Yaz, and Graham are heading for New York, 1969, to visit iconic music festival Woodstock. However, the TARDIS has other ideas. Instead, they’re taken to London in the same year, where the Tenth Doctor and Martha find themselves stranded.
Far from being a mere rehash of ‘Blink‘, this first chapter of this arc begins to give us a closer look at the Tenth Doctor and Martha’s side of the story. In the original 2007 episode, we see a few snippets of their time stranded in 1969 – Billy Shipton arriving in that year, and the video message the Doctor and Martha leave for Sally Sparrow. Now, we get to see how they passed the intervening time before Sally and Larry Nightingale managed to return the TARDIS to them.
As demonstrated in the Thirteenth Doctor series’ previous arc, Houser is able to expertly expand upon a small amount of existing material to create compelling new stories and characters. Previously, she was able to build upon on the character of the Corsair, as created by Neil Gaiman for his 2011 television episode ‘The Doctor’s Wife‘ to really bring them to life. Now, we get to see how the Tenth Doctor went about building his timey-wimey detector, and Martha supporting him by begrudgingly taking on a job in a clothes shop.
Elsewhere, the Thirteenth Doctor and co. decide to split up and investigate just why the TARDIS has decided to bring them to this point in space and time. The Thirteenth Doctor sets off to find Martha, whilst the others follow after her previous self. It’s wonderful to see our current Doctor interact with an old friend, and reflect on their past relationship.
Graham, Ryan, and Yaz’s observations of the Tenth Doctor are especially noteworthy, particularly in light of the events of ‘Spyfall‘. Interestingly, it appears that their comic-book versions are far more aware and accepting of the Doctor’s past lives than their on-screen counterparts, and the Doctor herself appears far more willing to share that information.
Whilst little happens in the way of major action or alien invasions in this opening issue, it nevertheless provides an effective set-up to the arc which is set to unfold over the next few issues. As ever, this series’ artwork continues to impress, with Ingranata, Angiolini, and Chankhamma wonderfully illustrating already familiar characters throughout, as well as the TARDIS’s journey through the time vortex in the opening panels.
Clearly, Titan Comics are making us wait for what many readers have come into this new season wanting to see – the Thirteenth and Tenth Doctors (and their respective companions) meet, and their joint battle against the Weeping Angels and the Autons. Let’s hope they don’t leave us hanging for too many issues!