The Doctor is like ice and fire. His various character regenerations can be cold: apathetic and smarmy. And too hot to touch: deeply compassionate and ready to fight for everyone. The Twelfth Doctor is pervasively both.
This Doctor does not have any catchy lines, what he does have is style and intelligence. Luckily Clara Oswald is there to make him be more human. For the Titan Comics’ “New Adventures With The Twelfth Doctor: Terrorformer, #1,” this is more of a thinking man’s Doctor rather than in previous “Doctor Who” comics.
The Doctor and his resident companion Clara are simply continuing their adventures together.
The story begins with two technicians, one robot and one alien humanoid, investigating a temperature descripency in the “crystal-clear fresh-water lagoon,” on the planet ISEN VI. By the time they arrive it is not a lagoon but a lava lake, and it is alive. It consumes one of the technicians. The colors and artisty are alive in this comic thanks to Hi-Fi and Dave Taylor.
Cut to the Doctor and Clara, in the Blue box, discussing where they are going to next, and human vanity. The time travelling duo are off to ISEN VI – which according to the Doctor is supposed to be a planet of ice – so Clara is all equipped to go skiing. When the TARDIS land on the aforementioned planet, it is now a man-made tropical jungle. The other reason the Doctor chose ISEN VI, the TARDIS picked up a faint signal coming from deep within the core the planet. They must investigate.
The more they explore, not without incident, the more the time duo realizes something is happening, unbeknownst to the people who transformed this ice planet. The writer, Robbie Morrison, takes the Doctor and Clara, as well as the reader, on a long journey before we see any real action. The time travelling gang soon learn that the ice planet was terraformed to the point that the atmosphere was modified, including the planet’s temperature, topography, and ecology. But not everyone is welcoming of the Doctor’s presence.
Nevertheless, the planet’s problems appear to be growing. When one crew is stranded and facing an emergency, Clara and the Doctor, along with the TARDIS, step in to save them. After that, rather than take the two science technicians back to the command center, the Doctor and Clara go to explore the signal. It is there all of them descend into hell or a Sun.
This new adventure with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara is a slow burn. It starts off strong, but the story seems watered down with the constant dialogue between Clara and the Doctor. Clara elevates the story a lot.
The Twelfth Doctor’s story looks like it will be continuing through out. Stay tuned for more upcoming summaries and reviews of the “Doctor Who” Comics.