The time-traveling Doctor has returned to Earth in a new incarnation, with Jo by his side and his knowledge of his past lives intact. A strange force has begun dropping energy bursts on Earth, which can only be deflected by the Doctor’s unique tools. When the military steps in, the Doctor faces an ethical conflict as well as a surprising visit from the past.
- The story is well-paced, with just the right balance of action and exposition. The relationships between the characters are easy to infer for new readers, and developed enough to satisfy long-time fans.
- The characters are instantly likeable and have a familiar feel to anyone who has seen the television series. The Doctor’s precious snootiness is particularly appropriate to the Third Doctor’s television portrayal, and helps to define his role within the story.
- The issue successfully sets up the story arc for the series. The main characters and their roles are clear, and the supporting characters are compelling as well. Villains abound, both overt and subtle, and the Doctor clearly has his work cut out for him.
- As an established property, Doctor Who: The Third Doctor may require some catching up for readers who are not familiar with the comics or the television series.
- As the first issue of a new story arc and a new incarnation of the Doctor, there is a lot left to be explored. It may also be difficult for established fans to accept the changes to the story’s canon.
- The inking and coloring in this issue were amazing, and were perfectly suited to the time period and region of the story’s setting.
- The use of inset frames and angled gutters was very effective in conveying the current scenes in the story.
- A few frames looked a bit false, like seeing a television screen in a poorly-edited movie.
- The photo-realistic cover is astoundingly beautiful.