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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Volume 1 - The Heralds of Destruction (Doctor Who New Adventures) Hardcover – 21 Jun 2017
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"I cannot praise this series enough it's a wonderful recreation of those good ol' UNIT days. 10 out of 10" - Pop Culture Bandit
"Long time Doctor Who fans are gonna love this...4 out of 5" - Nerdist
"9 out of 10" - Newsarma
"The Third Doctor celebrates the triumphs of the era...an instant buy" - Rogues Portal
"The Third Doctor managed to capture everything that made his run great." - Multiversity Comics
"Third Doctor is faithful to the period and the characters[...] a sci-fi James Bond" - Comics Worth Reading
"Cornell captures the spirit of Jon Pertwee" - Adventures in Poor Taste
"Paul Cornell does some outstanding work in that he finds the character voices with great ease...an absolute gem" - Sci-Fi Pulse"
-I cannot praise this series enough - it's a wonderful recreation of those good ol' UNIT days. 10 out of 10- - Pop Culture Bandit
-Long time Doctor Who fans are gonna love this...4 out of 5- - Nerdist
-9 out of 10- - Newsarma
-The Third Doctor celebrates the triumphs of the era...an instant buy- - Rogues Portal
-The Third Doctor managed to capture everything that made his run great.- - Multiversity Comics
-Third Doctor is faithful to the period and the characters[...] a sci-fi James Bond- - Comics Worth Reading
-Cornell captures the spirit of Jon Pertwee- - Adventures in Poor Taste
-Paul Cornell does some outstanding work in that he finds the character voices with great ease...an absolute gem- - Sci-Fi Pulse
"I cannot praise this series enough - it's a wonderful recreation of those good ol' UNIT days. 10 out of 10" - Pop Culture Bandit
About the Author
Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama including Doctor Who and Primeval. Christopher Jones is a. artist who has worked on DC's Young Justice, The Batman Strikes!, Batman 66 & more!
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This is a superb recreation of the Third Doctor and his world, in particular, his time with UNIT, as this story is meant to be the last one with them before he sets off into time and space. I was there every Saturday for the Third Doctor’s adventures on TV, and from the first page, I could recognise almost everybody – including the Master in disguise, though how much that was the writer’s skill at depicting the characters, I don’t know.
The art is flawless, in that you recognise characters before they are name-checked, even after forty years. Even some of the extras look like actors from the time, though that might be me ‘reading’ too much into the artwork.
The artwork is fairly ‘clean’ – straightforward illustration without any over the top stylistic effects; the sets looked like they had been lifted from the show, though with a better budget, and you can even recognise some of the special effects of the day, though without the problems of perspective and obvious modelwork. All this and still the story flowed naturally, as a good comic book should.
The dialogue was word-perfect – everyone sounded like their TV counterparts – and it also matched the established characters’ behaviour.
As for the plot, well, as they used to say back then – “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”. That’s all I am saying; though, before reading, I looked inside the back cover to look at the adverts to see if they were doing more stories of the earliest Doctors, and there was an illustration of a flashily-dressed chap, and I thought “that looks more like [spoiler] than Jon Pertwee”. Well, imagine my surprise when I turned a page later on, and it was him (The [spoiler], not Jon Pertwee).
This really is a superb comic, though the writer, Paul Cornell is a veteran, and a very good one. And whatever you do, don’t miss his Doctor Who: Four Doctors.
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Saying that, The Heralds of Destruction is a good first outing for the 3rd Doctor, and a good sign for the future should he too expand from one-off mini-series appearance into full-blown on-going series (as was the case with the 9th Doctor).
Paul Cornell is typically known for turning in good Doctor Who stories -- even occasionally very strong ones -- and I think he was a good choice to write this particular mini-series. He nails the voices of the recurring characters, and he's clearly got a lot of fondness for the Pertwee era of the series. Artist Chris Jones seems to share Cornell's fondness, for he manages to successfully capture the sometimes hammy expressiveness of John Pertwee, the cool calculation of Roger Delgado, and the bubbly vitality of Katy Manning. You really feel like you're spending time with the characters from the TV series, which is more than can be said for the art in some of Titan's other Doctor Who comics.
I won't say too much about the plot as I don't want to spoil it, but I will say that it would have fit in very nicely as a follow-up to The Three Doctors -- which is the serial this story line directly follows -- and I do hope that perhaps Titan Comics will consider returning to the Pertwee Years in an on-going capacity. I would gladly follow the 3rd Doctor through a series of illustrated adventures!
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