Now is as good a time as any to climb aboard the TARDIS with the Thirteenth Doctor in Jody Houser and Rachael Stott′s monthly Doctor Who series. The book continues right after the season one finale, taking readers along with the Doctor and her latest companions Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan, and Graham O’Brien. If you haven’t been keeping up, you can pre-order the first four issues of the new Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor series “A New Beginning,” now here at Amazon in a paperback trade compilation. With Issue #5 on the stands a new story arc is underway, “Hidden Human History,” and Issue #6 arrives in comic book stores today. Check out a preview of the new story arc below courtesy of Titan Comics.
Jody Houser, today’s most prolific comic book writer, joins fan-favorite artist Rachael Stott, completely reflecting the look and feel of the actors and characters from the BBC television series in their stories. In fact each four-issue story plays out like a new episode of the show. In the first four-part adventure “A New Beginning” the Doctor must escape new villains–the cybernetic Grand Army of the Just–and face a new alien threat, an intergalactic collector of rarities, as two manipulated human scientists get stuck in a time loop. But as with the Doctor’s exploits old and new, not everything is what it seems. Roberta Ingranata joins Rachael Stott as interior artist in the second adventure, “Hidden Human History.” The Doctor and friends catch up with Stilean Flesh Eaters, also known as the Habsburgs’ Demons, as the TARDIS drops the crew into the 16th century. Is the Doctor jealous of a history-themed podcast everyone else is following?
Colorists, inkers, letterers, cover artists on the first eight issues include Giorgia Sposito, Valeria Favoccia, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Viviana Spinelli, Sara Michieli, Andrea Moretto, Tracy Bailey, Richard Starkings, Will Brooks, Iolanda Zanfardino, Sanya Anwar, Rachael Smith, Claudia Ianniciello, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, Sarah Jacobs, and John Roshell.
As with the television series, Houser reflects the Thirteenth Doctor’s unique traits, pragmatism being first and foremost, Jodie Whittaker’s wild, ever-spiraling combination of dialogue and logic, and lastly, her energetic Yorkshire accent. And double negatives. It’s all there in the pages of the comics. The creators take advantage of the comic book medium, showing plenty of out-of-this-world and fantastical environments for each story.
Here is a preview of the current, second story arc from Issue #5 and from the new Issue #6, available today: