DOCTOR WHO: THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION #2

PrintE-mail Written by Paul Mount

Issue two of Titan’s new Paul Cornell-scripted Third Doctor romp now establishes the series not as a serious attempt to properly evoke the storytelling style and motifs of the Pertwee era – there are no brainy boffins or pompous politicians for the Doctor to deflate or, indeed, any new supporting characters at all – but a chance for us to be remind ourselves just why the 1970s era of Doctor Who is still so fondly regarded.

This second edition revels in its cast of TV-familiar faces and Cornell continues his pleasingly-authentic recreations of them all as they now stand squarely centre-stage with even the ‘Earth invasion’ conceit of the first episode shunted aside somewhat to allow us to spend more quality time with the third Doctor and his UNIT ‘family’ and his old enemy The Master (actor Roger Delgado’s likeness nicely captured by Jones). Readers of the first issue will recall that the second Doctor (as played on TV by Patrick Troughton) has also turned up, sent by the Time Lords (the story is set after tenth anniversary TV yarn ‘The Three Doctors’) to help the third Doctor combat his latest enemy.

As the Doctors combine their titanic intellects to try to work out what the new alien arrivals  want with planet Earth, the Brigadier, still out in the field where the aliens are attempting to establish a foothold in a quiet suburban street (as 1970s Doctor Who aliens were often inclined to do), receives a visit from UNIT high-up General Mayhew. But the Brigadier quickly realizes this isn’t the general, it’s the fiendish Master wearing one of his convincing replica face-masks which, Cornell cleverly explains, are a part of his living TARDIS. He uses the expanding mask to effect a spectacular escape from the UNIT chopper ferrying him back to UNIT HQ which allows the Brigadier to inform the Doctor that “the Master got away using his face as a parachute” which is a glorious, cherishable line of dialogue by any reasonable standard.

Back at the Doctor’s UNIT lab Jo Grant has been attacked and infected by the ‘transforming’ alien interloper and the third Doctor takes a trip into her psyche, which is as fab, groovy and far-out psychedelic as we might have expected. But the alien intruder already has a firm grip on Jo and, as another quality cliffhanger suggests, it isn’t about to let go without a fight. Richly imaginative, ‘Heralds of Destruction’ is shaping up into a warm, witty and wonderfully nostalgic little comic strip which doesn’t concern itself with being dark, brooding and menacing and is just happy having some good old-fashioned fun.

REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO - THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION ISSUE TWO / PUBLISHED BY TITAN COMICS / WRITTEN BY PAUL CORNELL / ART BY CHRISTOPHER JONES / OUT NOW


Suggested Articles:
It’s always been a big regret for fans that Christopher Eccleston made just 12 episodes as the nin
While Tom Cruise is leading a new Universal screen version of The Mummy for 2017, Hammer have duste
You’ve read H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, seen the film and TV versions, got Jeff Wayne’s
Issue three of Paul Cornell’s charming evocation of 1970s Doctor Who, starring the flamboyant Jon
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

THE MUMMY #3 20 January 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL. 2 15 January 2017

DEFENDER 28 December 2016

CADET ANDERSON – TEENAGE KYX 28 December 2016

THE MUMMY: PALIMPSEST #2 22 December 2016

THE COMPLETE SCARLET TRACES VOLUME ONE 17 December 2016

GRAVE SURPRISE 13 December 2016

DOCTOR WHO: THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION #3 07 December 2016

SLAUGHTERHOUSE FARM 1 - 3 20 November 2016

THE MUMMY: PALIMPSEST #1 14 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
 
 
...
 
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144