Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Vol. One
By George Mann, Cavan Scott, and Nick Abadzis, Rachael Stott, Adriana Melo, Cris Bolson, Mariano Laclaustra, Carlos Cabrera, Leandro Casco, INJ Culbard, Rod Fernandes, Marco Lesko, Dijjo Lima, Hernan Cabrera, IHQ Studios, Pasquale Qualano, Mony Castillo, Klebs Jr, JB Bastos, Fer Centurion, Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt
Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension is Titan’s most ambitious multi-Doctor story yet, bringing every Doctor from the current series together under one collective storyline taking place over their respective comic series, plus including a couple of spin-off stories for fans to get their teeth into. It’s got plenty of fan-service as fan-favourite characters and monsters return left right and centre, and free from the budgetary constraints and actor availability of the television show, the creative team on this series can run as wild as they like and the results are incredibly interesting.
George Mann, Cavan Scott and Nick Abadzis are writing for this arc which is full of heart, fun and passion. You can tell that the writers are fans of the show and it must have been great fun for them to handle this many different versions of the Doctor. The three writers really find the perfect tone to balance their script, working in appearances from people like Jack Harkness and Jenny, The Doctor’s Daughter, who quickly became a fan-favourite of her own after appearing in just the one episode of the series’ current run. There are plenty of Easter Eggs for fans to get stuck into here and the book makes the most of them, playing out like a pulpy adventure that at the same time manages to feel right at home in the Doctor Who universe.
The artwork is great. There is a vast amount of collaborators involved on the artistic team, as Rachael Stott, Adriana Melo, Mariano Laclaustra and more are involved in this epic collection and each lend their strengths to the storyline. The rapid-fire action and character moments that the artists are able to balance really well really pay off regardless of the locations, which are brought to life incredibly well regardless of where in the universe the Doctors find themselves. There’s a trip to Gallifrey here among others, and it really acts as a great chance for the artists to show what they’re capable of and create some really imaginative settings for the audience to read.
For a project as ambitious as this, it’s great to see that all the effort involved pays off. It matches the epicness of The Day of the Doctor and feels very much like Doctor Who’s own Infinity War, bringing all the players from their respective solo comics together for plenty of high-stakes action and intrigue in an incredibly awesome event.
The book could be tighter in its pace in places, but this is only a minor issue as The Lost Dimension is for the most part, pure joy. The personalities and mannerisms are of each Doctor are spot on and the sheer spectacle of an event like this is something that needs to be commended. Given that we’re currently a long way away from the next episode of Doctor Who, this event acts as a perfect way to keep fans satisfied. The only downside is that this book does not contain the complete eight-issue event, but the good news is that Vol. 2 is currently out now and available to buy, meaning you do not have to wait long before getting stuck into the next chapter.