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Review: Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1

In this review of Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1, the Doctor’s search for the origin of the cyber gauntlet leads him and Ruby to a mall on Earth after the mass evacuations of the planet but they are not alone.

 

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Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1 main cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Title:  Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1
Writer: Dan Watters
Artist:  Kelsey Ramsay
Main Cover:  Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
Variant Covers:  Josh Swaby, Christopher Jones, Alex Moore
Release Date:  July 3, 2024

 

This review contain spoilers

 

Ruby recounts her fear of malls to the Doctor while we watch a little girl, presumably lost. The little girl encounters an entity that looks eerily familiar in the shadow.

Now in a deserted mall at the time of the Earth’s destruction in the 29th century, the Doctor and Ruby start to search for the source of the cyber gauntlet. They soon discover that they are not alone after all. The mall is full of shoppers. The Doctor and Ruby start to ask questions and they discover that these people chose not to leave with the last transports. They have everything they could need in the mall. A barkeep calls the two over and have a conversation. The Doctor learns the same thing from this strange gentleman and the two decide to look around and have a little fun.

The lights go out and that inspires the Doctor to do some more investigation, after all all the hidden things come out in the dark. The Doctor and Ruby find themselves in a backdrop very similar to the one the lost girl was seen in. The two even encounter the child. She is afraid and refuses to talk. Ruby starts to hear a voice in her head which is revealed to be coming from the barkeep. Before anyone can think, the Cybermen appear.

These Cybermen look almost zombie-like and the Doctor grabs the girl and everyone runs. They soon find themselves surrounded and Ruby and the Doctor are forced to separate. Alone Ruby finds herself lost but not alone.

 

The Doctor and Ruby sporting some cool gear (Credit: Titan Comics)

 

Analysis

The art has a fun and whimsical vibe to it. This keeps the feel light but when the darkness starts to invade the art takes on a sinister vibe. It is not so much the style as it is the colors used. The colors are moody and dark and give the reader a foreboding feeling.

That feeling is definitely appropriate. In the beginning of the issue the Doctor and Ruby are basically having a fun time, talking to the people, trying out new foods, and playing dress up but when the darkness falls the tone changes.

The barkeep gets a sinister smile and Ruby starts to relive her fear of malls and worse the Cybermen appear. These Cybermen as I described earlier have a zombie-like appearance. They are not as clean and put together as Cybermen in the past. These almost appear put back together. They are not the only threat to this mall, the shadows of an insect like creature are seen and one appears to be stalking Ruby,

 

Final Thoughts

A very mysterious continuation to the story opened on Free Comic Book Day. The reader’s interest is captured by the frivolity of the beginning but soon the tone gets dark and ominous as the reader now finds themselves in a horror situation. This change of tone is not jarring and it creates a feeling of suspense, what is going to happen next?

 

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Doctor Who: The Fifteenth Doctor #1
Final Thoughts
A very mysterious continuation to the story opened on Free Comic Book Day. The reader’s interest is captured by the frivolity of the beginning but soon the tone gets dark and ominous as the reader now finds themselves in a horror situation. This change of tone is not jarring and it creates a feeling of suspense, what is going to happen next?
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Overall Score
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