Thursday, November 20, 2014

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2 - A Review

The Doctor and Clara's trip to the ice planet of Isen VII has unearthed a lot more than the wedding of the 25th century!  A  distress signal triggered by the terraformers that changed the planet into a lush jungle paradise has revealed the resting place of a Hyperion - one of the last of a race of sentient suns so evil and dangerous that The Time Lords of old broke their usual rules on non-interference to try and put an end to their species for all time!  And now it will fall to The Doctor to finish the job...

Robbie Morrison's script perfectly captures the mad science of a typical Doctor Who story.  More importantly, Morrison has a good feeling for the speech patterns of The Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi and the voice of Clara Oswald.  There is a good deal of snark and sarcasm in the script along with one of the most Doctorish Doctor lines ever - "I like to think of myself as a pacifist but sometimes peace is the thing you have to fight the hardest for."

The artwork by Dave Taylor is decent enough.  Curiously, it seems rushed compared to his turn in the previous issue.  Individual panels look fantastic but the overall quality is quite erratic.  The proportions of Clara's face are noteworthy in this regard, with her eyes at times seeming oddly placed on her face.  Thankfully, these strange moments are few and far between and the final product is quite enjoyable.

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