The Doctor reunites with Hattie from previous story ‘The Twist’ to investigate mysterious disappearances at a 1970’s seaside town, where a new enemy awaits below the depths…

Part One of Beneath the Waves follows the Doctor on an underwater trip where he and a group of aliens encounter an enemy not seen since the early days of the series. Following a non-linear route, the story jumps back to when the Doctor reunites with Hattie, the musician who enjoyed a good old jam with him in The Twist.

TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - PREVIEW 3
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – PREVIEW 3

Writer George Mann provides an engaging, funny and enthralling script; the Doctor’s dialogue bounces off Hattie’s misery with mischief and quirkiness. His comedic nuances are subtle yet memorable and the bountiful excitement he expresses through the Doctor brings only smiles.

Bringing Hattie back was a wise choice as it allows the aftermath of her musical success to be explored truthfully. Seeing the Doctor’s confusion towards her sadness raises questions about the reality of success and whether it truly brings you the happiness you crave.

TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - PREVIEW 4
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – PREVIEW 4

The Doctor is clearly at a point where he wants to get down to basics – solving a mystery. The situation he puts Hattie in is both hilarious and wonderfully familiar. There’s a warmth to his friendship with her; the fact that he’s a fan of her music creates a fresh and exciting dynamic between them.

Artist Mariano Laclaustra and Colourist Carlos Cabrera have really challenged the aesthetics of comic art, every character expression is so vivid and exuberant and the wide shots are smooth and realistic. The crisp oceanic colour and golden tints enliven the story magnificently, and the creative angles are brilliantly structured to ensure a fantastic cliff-hanger.

Beneath the Waves is an amazing beginning for a classic story with fresh twists. Hattie brings a coolness that matches the Doctor’s more childlike side and the artwork is a masterpiece of ingenuity and ambition.

Blogtor Rating 10/10

Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #1 is available direct from Titan Comics in print and digital form.

Writer: George Mann 
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra 
Cover A: Josh Burns 
Cover B: Photo variant 
Cover C: Rachael Smith 
Cover D: Mariano Laclaustra 
Cover E: Antonio Fuso
Cover F: Pasquale Qualano 
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: April 12th
TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - Cover F: Pasquale Qualano
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – Cover F: Pasquale Qualano
TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - Cover D: Mariano Laclaustra
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – Cover D: Mariano Laclaustra
TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - Cover C: Rachael Smith
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – Cover C: Rachael Smith
TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - Cover B - Photo Variant - Will Brooks
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – Cover B – Photo Variant – Will Brooks
TITAN COMICS - DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 - Cover A: Josh Burns
TITAN COMICS – DOCTOR WHO: TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1 – Cover A: Josh Burns

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve found myself losing interest in the Titan Comics since they dropped Clara (all of Year 2 was supposed to be set during Series 9; I will always feel cheated about the lost opportunity and no the “Nurse Kara” cameo and the teasing variant covers weren’t good enough). Her first replacement, Hattie, I found to be quite dull and to see her back is disappointing; they had to bring back a Clara stand-in as they mark time before Bill debuts in the comics I’d have rather it been the more dynamic Julie d’Aubigny. Or even better, give us a few issues with the Paternoster Gang or Nardole. As a result you can tell this issue didn’t exactly set my world on fire, though the “I do snacks now” bit is funny – though it would be funnier if the TV series itself followed through with the running gag that the writers here seemed to have hoped Doctor Mysterio was starting.

  2. That’s entirely understandable and you make some valid points. It would be funny if the writers went with the Doctor Mysterio gag! Thank you for your comment, it’s really appreciated!

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