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.
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.
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
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