Doctor Who: Missy

Doctor Who: Missy #1 Cover C by Claudia Caranfa

I gave up watching Doctor Who midway through the Eleventh Doctor’s run, because what I wanted to see differed from the showrunner’s ideas. (It happens. In my rewatch, I will eventually get there.) I regret, though, that means that I missed out on the Master becoming Missy (played by Michelle Gomez), cause she looks cool.

So I was glad to see that the latest Doctor Who comic from Titan was all about her. All four issues of the miniseries are now available, or the collected edition will be available in October. It’s written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Roberta Ingranata.

I love that we get a cameo from the Third Doctor and several other favorite characters. I love Missy’s playful attitude (captured both in smart-aleck remarks and visual body language). She talks to herself, which conveniently means I feel like I can keep up with what’s going on. She’s sarcastic and doesn’t take much seriously, an approach that’s fun to read about in an escapist adventure.

This was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Master (Roger Delgado), so it’s not a surprise that we get to see him as well. There’s a quest that doesn’t really matter but provides an excuse to skip around timelines and favorite moments, accompanied by Missy making sarcastic comments about what it means to be the goody-good Doctor. Although I didn’t get all the references, it was a fun romp.

(The publisher provided digital review copies.)


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