Friday, December 20, 2019

Doctor Who: The thirteenth Doctor: A new beginning by Jody Houser

It can be a challenge getting used to a new body, but the thirteenth Doctor is taking it all in her stride and rediscovering old things with her new eyes - bringing her companions with her for the ride.  In many ways the universe is as new for her as it is for Ryan, Yaz and Graham - or at least that's how it seems.  When they encounter a strange distortion that appears to be following the Doctor through time, they discover the tragic story of two scientists who have stumbled across a being called the Hoarder - which in turn leads them into the path of the Doctor and her companions.

I stumbled across the graphic novels for the thirteenth Doctor by accident, but it turned out to be a very happy accident indeed.  The writer, Jody Houser, has a real knack for bringing the characters to life - to the point that I could clearly hear the Doctors voice in my head, and the voices of her companions.  The artists and colourists have also done an amazing job of bringing the characters to life on the page, particularly the facial expressions of the Doctor (her beaming smile in particular).  

The true test for a graphic novel tie in is that you can picture it as clearly on the page as you can on the screen, and there were no jarring anomalies or weirdness to kick you out of the story.  I have been rereading a book series working my way towards the most recent book in the series, and while I have other things to read nothing has distracted me - except for these Doctor Who graphic novels!  Fantastic find, and can't wait to see more of them (hopefully many more) from this amazing writer/artists/colourists combination.

If you liked this graphic novel then try:
  • Doctor Who: The road to the thirteenth Doctor by James Peaty and Jody Houser
  • Doctor Who: The thirteenth doctor: Hidden human history by Jody Houser
  • Doctor Who: The thirteenth doctor: Old friends by Jody Houser

Reviewed by Brilla

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