Along Came a Doctor
By: Andrew Hines
As many of you may already know I’m a Whovian (Doctor Who fan). That being said, my solitary heart skipped a beat when I saw this comic on the shelves of my local comic shop this week. It’s got history, the Doctor, Amy and Rory, and alternate dimensions. No Daleks as of yet, but give it a few issues, they’ll show up. AnyWho (see what I did there?), it’s set in London in the 1850s and in the middle of a bit of mild oddness. A perfect setting for an entrance by the Doctor and the Ponds.
Andy Diggle scripts the first bit of a two-part story arc that is actually very in the feel of the current Who-niverse. There’s the classic shtick of the Doctor, where he just pops in unannounced and begins to take things over without much of a fuss. This is Doctor Who at its best in the comic book realm. The writing is good, pacing is adequate and the dialogue feels as if Steven Moffat himself were writing it for Matt Smith. Amy and Rory are exactly as they are in the show, so there’s very little missing if anything at all.
Mark Buckingham’s art isn’t the best I’ve ever seen, but fits the story beautifully and for that I love it. If it had been in the future, his style would not have worked as well. Given, however that it was London shortly before their industrial revolution, it’s spectacular. It works even better when paired with Charlie Kirchoff’s colors. It really does feel like the 1850s as you read it. It’s a wonderful feeling once you see the machine as a whole. I honestly don’t think anyone else’ art or colds would have worked for this story.
I give this one an “A”, simply because the writing and the art work splendidly with each other. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and a Matt Smith fan to boot, I highly recommend this one.