It’s hard to believe that we’re already completed TITAN COMIC’s five issue run of adventures with Tom Baker’s incarnation of our favourite time travelling wanderer but – alas, here we are. And what a ride it’s been…
Tom Baker’s tenure as The Doctor can be divided into three distinct eras. First off there are the Philip Hinchcliffe years (known to fans as the Gothic Horror period), then the light-hearted stint of Graham Williams and lastly, there’s the Fourth Doctor’s swansong series which saw John Nathan-Turner take over the helm. As a fan of the former, I was very happy to find a tale set firmly during the season 13 period, with a style and tone match fit for stories such as ‘The Pyramids Of Mars’ and ‘The Brain Of Morbius’. There’s just something very Hinchcliffe-y about a Victorian London setting, a mysterious lamp, one-eyed giants wandering the foggy streets, and a creature lifted from mythology!
Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby’s finale of the ‘Gaze of Medusa’ picks up directly where the previous issue concluded. The Doctor and Athena find themselves transported back through time to an alien prison ship, home to the trapped Medusa whilst Sarah Jane has been turned to stone. David Tennant first uttered the phrase ‘timey wimey’ back in Series 3’s ‘Blink’ – a phrase that has become well established with the Gallifreyan traveller’s adventures and it’s a term that’s well deserved in this final thrilling instalment.
No spoilers here but the resolution to Sarah Jane’s predicament is straight out of a Moffat script – genius! We get an insight into the background of the ingeniously named ‘Scryclops’ and their connection to the famed Gorgon of the stories title. And there’s a touching nod right at the end of the tale to a former companion that earns this adventure an extra point in this reviewer’s opinion.
Blogtor Rating: 9/10
Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor #5
- Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
- Artist: Brian Williamson
- Colorist: Hi-Fi
- Letterer: Comicraft
- Cover A: Brian Williamson & Hi-Fi
- Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
- Cover C: Blair Shedd
- Cover D: Todd Nauck & Hi-Fi