Titan Comics’ Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor #3 is a great follow up to parts #1 and #2, sticking with the mysterious SURVEYOUinc Corporation as the ominous villain, seemingly stealing people’s talents in a rather Faustian manner. Instead of an alien planet, however, this one is set in 1931 Mississippi. The issue starts out with the Doctor already under their control and in need of rescue. That’s a good beginning. Change of pace from everyone else needing to be rescued by him.
Of course the cliffhanger immediately leaves the Doctor in peril, and the story jumps back in time – which is actually forward in time… it’s all rather timey-wimey, you know – to present day London with his new companion, the librarian assistant Alice Obiefune.
The Doctor takes Alice back to the 1960s to see the first performance of pop icon (obviously based on David Bowie), who gives a less-than-inspiring performance with his utter lack of talent and blandness. Confused by this, Alice has a hard time reconciling the performer her mother loved with the actual performer in person, leading the Doctor to take her to Mississippi to see another music legend’s performance.
1931 in Mississippi – back on track. (You knew the story was going to get around to it sooner or later). The problem is, the lackluster pop star has followed with them in the TARDIS unnoticed. Then the real problem pops up – a talent sucking, soul sucking, life killing force inside scores of people, all courtesy of SURVEYOUinc.
The Doctor, in his never-changing fashion, steps up immediately to fix the situation and save everybody, even at the peril of his own life. Lots of stuff happens. Lots of questions left at the end. But, hey, it’s Doctor Who. You’d be disappointed if you didn’t have questions at the end, right?
Good wit and some subtle references to Bowie and others throughout the comic, which is great.
If you missed issues 1 and 2, pick those up first so you’re not lagging behind, but still issue 3 can stand on its own. Good stuff. Looking forward to a few of the strings getting wrapped up in the next issue, and hopefully some new confusion to keep things going.