Meanwhile – it's a busy issue – the Master has infiltrated UNIT with another of his handy face-masks, which leads to a hilarious fist fight between the Doctor and the Master as the pair utilise their Venusian Aikido and Martian kendo! The Second Doctor, we discover, has not been sent to help by the Time Lords, and has raced off on a frolic of his own – leading to another explosive full-panel final page which is as audacious and surprising as its first issue counterpart which threw the Second Doctor into the story’s mix in the first place.
The Heralds of Destruction remains great fun and Cornell is clearly having a great time teasing his story out only as much as necessary and relishing in bringing the Third Doctor and his family of friends and foes back to life for a very welcome victory lap. Silly and unpretentious and yet knowing and just about reverential enough, it’s established itself now as a ride we’re happy to chug along with to the bitter end.
DOCTOR WHO: THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION #3 / WRITER: PAUL CORNELL / ARTWORK: CHRIS JONES / PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW