Allons-y! Step into the TARDIS and set off on another spectacular adventure with The Doctor.
This third issue of “Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension” (September 2017) features the lovable tenth Doctor (played by David Tennant in the TV show). The creative team behind this comic consists of writer Nick Abadzis, author of “Hugo Tate,” with illustrators Mariano Laclaustra and Carlos Cabrera, both of whom have been artists for other “Doctor Who” comics. Together, their work flies you to the stars with The Doctor and his companions, Gabby and Cindy, bringing you to a space station overrun with Cybermen.
The focus of this comic is not just to entertain, but also to take you on a fantastical journey where you can leave behind the real world for just a little bit in order to become a companion of The Doctor yourself.
The writing in comics is what gives the characters voice and guides the dialogue, something that Nick Abadzis carries out exceptionally well. Even though the focus of any “Doctor Who” story is always on The Doctor, Abadzis didn’t neglect to flesh out Gabby and Cindy. Through his writing, a reader can clearly detect their unique personalities: Gabby being the more seasoned and serious companion while Cindy is the tag-along with a comedic flair.
Gabby’s statement, “Easy sir, we’re not your enemy. Our presence here is just routine,” and Cindy’s: “Doctor I hate you. I’m never speaking to you again. And I’m never speaking to you again because I’ll be dead,” express Gabby’s matter-of-fact attitude and Cindy’s snarky disposition.
As for The Doctor himself, the writing captures his personality magnificently. Since each reincarnation of The Doctor is unique, special attention must be paid to the unique characteristics of each one. The tenth doctor’s seriousness as well as his humor surfaces in the dialogue.
The dialogue expresses his use of space jargon—terms only he can understand. Phrases in the comic such as “Powerbeam destabilized by a magnetar crust shift” would make any mind draw a blank. So instead we nod our heads and think: All right, sure Doctor, I know exactly what you mean.
While the writing in a comic is important, the illustrations are vital. Laclaustra and Cabrera excel at creating the visual world of this issue. For instance, the pictures have a soft texture. Even though the reader can’t physically touch the objects represented on the page, their appearance suggests smoothness. Part of this stems from the strategic use of inking and color. Purple and blue are the dominant hues. Their dark saturation is appropriate since the comic takes place in space.
While darker colors comprise most of the artwork, there are various points in the issue where lighter hues stand out more. One example includes The Doctor’s clothes. For those who are familiar with the tenth doctor, his trench coat is a recognizable piece of his wardrobe. Therefore, in the comic, the soft brown color of his coat attracts the viewer’s attention, and The Doctor becomes the focal point of that particular illustration. There is another scene that contains a close up of his iconic converse sneakers. The red hue causes them to be the main focus of that picture.
The illustrations of The Doctor’s physical appearance are the most satisfying. The artists capture his many facial features, such as the cool brown eyes, raised eyebrows, pointed chin and even my personal favorites, his thick sideburns and spiked hair.
Overall, issue three of “The Lost Dimension” is a fantastic comic that demonstrates why graphic novels are so unique. It has the ability to entertain while asking the reader to be involved at the same time. You can step into the TARDIS and become one of The Doctor’s companions, or better yet you can imagine being The Doctor himself, attaining his scientific knowledge and bearing the responsibilities of a time traveler. All that’s left is to step aboard.