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Review: Doctor Who The Thirteenth Doctor #0

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0 is a true beauty and a wonderful collector’s item for anyone who has enjoyed any part of the last 50 plus years of Doctor Who history. For starters, just look at this cover:

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Surrounded by portraits of all thirteen previous incarnations, the book very obviously centers around our Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker who makes her worldwide debut on October 7th on the BBC and BBC America in the US. Issue #0 takes us lifetime by lifetime of the Doctor’s many transformations and their adventures through the galaxy giving each one his due and tying back thematically to what we can expect from this new Doctor.

However, those looking to glean clues into the future of the Doctor will not find too many, but what they will find is beautiful artwork especially some breathtakingly beautiful and meticulous art of the 13th Doctor herself.

You’ll also find a story that brings out so many themes of the Doctor’s existence throughout history. And this is not your typical book 0 either. It’s very long, with a short story arc given to each of the doctor’s previous incarnations as they travel through space, time, and history. One of the best parts about this are the varied art styles, with each artist giving each doctor their own unique look and feel. For instance Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor feels very cartoonish and bright, while John Hurt’s War Doctor is appropriately austere and serious with strong elements of Jack Kirby space fantasy.

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Just as Peter Capaldi’s final episode as the Twelfth Doctor — the Christmas special “Twice Upon a Time” — where he crosses paths with the First Doctor, this too feels very spot-on in terms of what the creators are trying to say about the legacy of the Doctor as a character.

So too do we see similar seeds planted in each of the Doctors’ paths. They weave in and out of each other, and there are plenty of Easter eggs that fans will enjoy greatly. But they finally and completely come together in a complete character arc that leads to this moment. There’s even some poking fun at the Doctor Who fandom’s hardest gender essentialists who claim The Doctor can’t be female and Timelords don’t regenerate into other genders. Speaking of gender bending, you also get a nice cameo from Captain Jack Harkness tagging along with the Tenth Doctor and Rose.

But most of all this book simply feels like a major work of art. It is a compendium of everything you might want to briefly know about the Doctor coming into this 13th transformation.

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Any Doctor Who fan should consider picking this up, especially for the beautiful art of the 13th Doctor and her transformation. It feels so fresh and vibrant and is the perfect appetizer for what we hope will be served up to us in just a week and a half’s time. Even if, or perhaps especially if, you’re like me and have only passing knowledge of classic Doctor Who and are more of a fan of the more recent seasons since the reboot, this is a great primer of everything you may have missed.

Story: Richard Dinnick Art: Giorgia Sposito, Mariano Laclaustra and various
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0

DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #0

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artists: Giorgia Sposito, Mariano Laclaustra and various
Cover A By Claudia Ianniciello
Cover B By Will Brooks
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 68pp, $7.99, On Sale September 26, 2018


They say that before you die, your life flashes before your eyes… and the Doctor has lived a lot of lives!

The ultimate Doctor Who celebration, a perfect beginner’s guide and a brilliant tribute for long-term fans! As the Doctor regenerates into her Thirteenth form, she relives unseen adventures from every single one of her past lives – with a host of brilliant artists including Giorgia Sposito and Claudia Ianniciello!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Time Trials Vol. 3 Confusion of Angels

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: TIME TRIALS VOL 3 CONFUSION OF ANGELS

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artists: Francesco Manna, Pasquale Qualano, Hi-Fi
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 112pp, $22.99, £18.99
On sale: July 10, 2018
ISBN: 9781785866890

When the Doctor and his companions are drawn to a transport vessel in deadly trouble in deep space, they’re pulled into an impossible conflict, between the robotic Heavenly Host… and the Weeping Angels!

The Thirteenth Doctor Relives Her Previous Incarnations

Titan Comics and BBC Studios have announced Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0 – The Many Lives Of Doctor Who – a special primer edition, which celebrates the Doctor’s many lives, and leads directly into Titan’s brand-new Thirteenth Doctor comic series – launching this fall in the U.S. and UK.

It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die, and the Doctor’s had many of them! As the Doctor regenerates from his twelfth incarnation to her thirteenth (as played by Jodie Whittaker), she relives unseen adventures from all her past selves from Classic through to New Who.

Hitting stores in September 2018, The Thirteenth Doctor #0 features a stellar cast of Doctor Who comic creators including writer Richard Dinnick and artists Mariano Laclaustra, Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean, Iolanda Zanfardino, Brian Williamson, Claudia Ianniciello, and Rachael Stott, the artist of Titan’s new Thirteenth Doctor series!

This special 64-page edition – the first Thirteenth Doctor comic – comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Claudia Ianniciello and a photo variant by designer Will Brooks – only available in comic shops.

The Thirteenth Doctor #0 is part of Titan Comics’ larger plans for the Thirteenth Doctor, which includes the launch of issue #1 in October and Doctor Who Comics Day on November 24.

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #13

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #13

Story: Richard Dinnick
Art: Pasquale Qualano
Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Richard Starkings, Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Editor: Jessica Burton Senior Editor: Andrew James Senior Designer: Andrew Leung
Cover A: Blair Shedd
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, On sale: March 14, 2018

The conclusion of Year Three!

The weeping angels descend on the Doctor, but his companions, old and new, have a few tricks up their sleeves to help him out!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Time Trials Volume 2: The Wolves of Winter

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: TIME TRIALS VOLUME 2: THE WOLVES OF WINTER

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Brian Williamson, Pasquale Qualano, Marcelo Salaza, Edu Menna
Hardcover, 112pp, $22.99
On sale: March 6, 2018
ISBN: 9781785865398

The brand new Year Three comic adventures of the critically acclaimed Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, along with companion Bill Potts!

In Bill’s first comic adventure, the TARDIS crashes into the heart of a Viking camp! But this is no interactive history lesson, and it seems that a terrifying alien force has taken hold over the icy kingdom. As the snow melts, the Doctor realises that he is about to face an unwelcome face from the past…

And in a one-shot adventure, the Doctor takes Bill and Nardole on a trip to an intergalactic supermarket, where they make an unexpected new friend!

Collects Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #5-7 and #9.

Preview: Doctor Who: The 12th Doctor Year Three #12

DOCTOR WHO: THE 12TH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #12

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Cover A: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover B: Photo
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – $3.99 – On sale: February 14, 2018

The Hosts with the most and the Angels you never want to meet in a darkened spaceship corridor collide in an unforgettable epic – featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill in an all-new adventure!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #10

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #10

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Francesco Manna
Cover A: Simon Myers, Rachael Smith
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: David Carr
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 6, 2017

All new adventure begins for the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole! Celebrate the most recent TARDIS team in all its glory!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #9

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #9

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Pasquale Qualano
Cover A: Adam Caldwell
Cover B: Photo
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: November 15, 2017

All new adventure begins for the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole! Celebrate the most recent TARDIS team in all its glory!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor: Year Three #7

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #7

Writer: Richard Dinnick
Artist: Brian Williamson
Cover A: Claudia Ianniciello
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Andy Walker
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 27, 2017

New companion Bill Potts has joined the Twelfth Doctor on a brand-new adventure, taking them to an island in the Atlantic in the 9th century CE. Caught in the middle of a stand-off between a group of Vikings and Ice Warriors, Bill and the Doctor had to ensure the mighty battling forces united against an even greater threat – a sentient disease-carrying Flood!

But who is responsible for all of this? The Doctor has a hunch, and it can only bring more devastation if he’s right…

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