Doctor Who: Doctormania Pt. 1
Synopsis: The Ninth Doctor is BACK – and this time he’s ONGOING! In Part 1 of ‘DOCTORMANIA’, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack uncover a mysterious video. Tracking down its source could help Jack uncover why his mind was wiped – but the first step takes the Doctor to a planet where he is, inexplicably, a celebrity!
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: April 13, 2016
The Ninth Doctor is back with Doctormania, and it has a really unique plot.
This comic has the Doctor in a world where people are aware that he is a television character. It made me wonder if the actual Doctor looks like his television counterpart, or if the Doctor on TV looks as close to him as producers could find. This comic does imply this plot point, and I hope they go into further detail in the subsequent issues.
The Doctor is approached by his fans in this comic, but I wasn’t too pleased with how those fans were characterized. It’s very tricky for shows and comics to adequately portray their fan base, and most of the time that portrayal is done poorly (a notable example being past Doctor Who and Sherlock episodes). I was not a big fan of Cavan Scott’s portrayal of Doctor Who fans, who were characterized as squeeing little girls wanting to take selfies with the cute Doctor. There may be some fans who would act like that, but the majority are civil, making this interpretation not the most accurate.
That characterization is the only negative I have for this comic, and it’s not a big deal, it’s just a peeve of mind that doesn’t necessarily reflect the comic’s worth.
The actual story is very engaging and builds up the ending very well. It ended on a note that made me very excited to read the new issue, but it did also make me a little upset when I realized that there will only be three comics in this miniseries. I hope that three is the magic number, and I can’t wait to scoop them all up from my comic shop!
The last thing I want to mention is the variant covers , which are so beautiful. I’m half tempted to go out and buy all of them. Titan Comics always has such beautiful variant covers, and it makes me really happy that other artists are invited to come in and show their love and care for the comics.
Here are a few of my favorite variant covers:
It’s upsetting that this comic is short, but it definitely left me excited to go on more adventures with Nine, Rose, and Jack.