Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Volume 1 – The Heralds of Destruction
A curious alien invasion brings the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, and UNIT into an unexpected alliance with The Master as they investigate the origin of the strange, self-repairing machines. But when their search for answers leads to a figure from the Doctor’s past, things get a lot more complicated.
In this first installment of a new series centering around Jon Pertwee’s Earthbound Doctor, Heralds of Destruction does an admirable job of getting unfamiliar readers up to speed with a Doctor who is more John Steed or James Bond than his more cosmic-minded future counterparts. The host of UNIT characters — not to mention callbacks to previous TV stories from the Third Doctor and before — slow down the reading experience slightly, but once the story gets going, Cornell keeps readers informed without losing the narrative momentum he’s earned.
Hopefully, further installments can build on that progress, as I’m curious to see what modern writers could do with a Third Doctor when budget constraints are no obstacle to storytelling. Although I was a little underwhelmed by this installment, that’s probably more due to my unfamiliarity with this Doctor’s era than any fault of the creative team.
|Author||Paul Cornell • Chris Jones, Illustrator|
|Page Count||112 pages|
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