The Doctor and Bill encounter the Vikings in Antarctica, 9th century BC where two balls of fire reign down upon the mountains where enemies from Mars are on a dangerous mission
Bill makes it into the comic verse as she and the Doctor enjoy some doodling when the TARDIS knocks them off course to Antarctica where the Vikings witness the arrival of the warriors from Mars. Their intent is unknown until one of them admits he is on a dangerous mission and the Doctor and the Vikings are just a distraction that can be dealt with.
Writer Richard Dinnick displays a thorough knowledge of the Doctor Who universe and the historical details of the Vikings. They are intimidating, ferocious and strategically inclined to become an obstacle to the Ice Warriors.
The Doctor and Bill’s friendship feels comfortable and confident throughout; their development has naturally matured and gained a sense of playfulness. It’s a development that is always unique with each Doctor and companion, and here, it seems the Doctor and Bill’s resides on absolute respect and an interest to learn.
Artist Brian Williamson gives the story a vintage aesthetic as the style is reminiscent of the 1970s Doctor Who comic adventures. He uses great skill at creating an unnerving atmosphere by casting shadows onto the Vikings as they enter the mouth of the mountain.
Colourist Hi-Fi adds to this chilling (pun intended) atmosphere with stark white inks and merges oranges and yellows to the mountain shadows with precision. Both are effective in visualising the story with a familiar flavour but with a modern twist.
Part One of The Wolves of Winter hits the ground running with the introduction of the Vikings. Immediately, we can immerse ourselves into their world and then switch right back to The Doctor and Bill’s. There’s much to enjoy; suspense, historical mythology and The Doctor’s polar bear doodle!