Guest Writer: Jonathan Reinhart
My name is Jonathan and I am a Doctor Who newbie. My wife loves the series ever since it came back on in 2005. She tried to get me into the show. It ticks off so many of the things I love.
British? Check. Science fiction? Check. Cool villains? Check. Great acting? Check. Hearing that I decided to give it a try. I joined her in watching the first eight episodes with a passing interesting. Try as I might something wasn’t clicking. Despite that I decided to give it one more try.
We watched the ninth episode of the 2005 season. Titled “The Empty Child” the episode is set in London during WWII. Two things happened to me. The first is I realized I couldn’t watch Doctor Who anymore. The second is few phrases scare me shitless more than hearing “Are you my mummy?” Just typing that sends shivers down my spine.
Ever since that episode I’ve tried to teleport into the Whoverse seeing portions of the episodes “The Runaway Bride,” “Blink,” and “The Snowmen.” Doctor Who is a series I want to love. Yet, that love remains unrequited until perhaps now.
Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension teleports within that beautiful blue police call box. Will a change of format be just what the doctor ordered? The premise is simple. The various incarnations of the character we commonly know as the Doctor end up jumbled together in this eight-part series. Timelines go all “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey.”
To quote directly from the comic “When the fabric of the universe is threatened, when the laws of time, space, and all of reality start to break downÉ on those dire days, different incarnations of the Doctor can meet.” They sure do in this first installation.
As one relatively unfamiliar with the onion that is Doctor Who, due to its many layers and also its ability to make fans cry, I felt primed to discern the mass appeal of this series. Any Whovian worth their ability to not blink when facing a Weeping Angel will surely pick up this comic. What about the rest of us? What about those of us residing on the fringe of the space-time continuum?
Writers George Mann and Cavan Scott do a great job of bringing the Doctor to life. The pacing is fast enough to make the story interesting while also allowing the reader to savor the story. There is a nice combination of action, humor, and meatiness to the plot.
While I may not have known all of the characters or their backstories I felt comfortable enough understanding what I think I’m supposed to at this point in the series.
The art is simply beautiful. Many of the pages would be great to frame and hang on a wall. The colors feel right for Doctor Who. Simply looking at the art one can get a clear sense of the story and the setting.
Fans of science fiction, of comics, of great writing, of beautiful art, and obviously fans of Doctor Who will want to get their hands on this entire series. One of the best things I can say about part one is it left me eager to read more.
No matter whether you’re as familiar with Doctor Who as you are with the back of your hand or if you are a n00b, like me, you’re bound to have a good time reading this comic.