Monday, March 28, 2016

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1

   It's about time they printed a Doctor Who comic featuring the real Doctor!

   Oh, I know - everyone has their own choice for the actor who played the "best" Doctor - and there have been lots of terrific actors filling those Gallifrey boots - but my personal favorite is the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker!

   That actor managed the perfect mix of humor, mischief, likability and intelligence. Part of his appeal for me, of course, may be the fact that he was the first Doctor I saw, as the local Public Television station started airing his adventures in the late '70s.

   He's starred in other comic series over the years, but Titan Comics has finally dedicated one of its new (and largely excellent) series of Doctor-based comics to number four.

   This one finds the Doctor and the beautiful Sarah Jane Smith (lovesick sigh) visiting Victorian England on a holiday, but trouble soon finds them, as a mysterious woman sends two giants - each one sporting a single eye - to capture Sarah.

   It's a fun, fast-paced story written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby that reads just like an episode of the classic show. The art by Brian Williamson is terrific, capturing the real-life likenesses of the stars perfectly.

   It's a real delight to read this series - it gets the Doctor "right," and does it with a smile and a wink.

   More like this, please!

Grade: A


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