Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor - Old Friends TP
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: November 27, 2019
Price: $16.99
Creator(s): Jody Houser (writer); Roberta Ingranata and Enrica Angiolini (artists)
Format: 120 pgs., Full-Color, 7"x10", Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-7858-6692-0
Age Rating: N/A
ICv2 Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

The writing of the story in this volume was very good, bringing back The Corsair character for a full story.  Since the character had existed mainly in references, in an episode of the show and a couple of the novelizations, this was refreshing.  The artwork was technically good for the most part, but the artists and their liberal use of digital copying of faces and figures was very distracting, especially when it involved Jodie Whittaker’s face frozen in oddly unflattering expressions.  This was at its worst when it was done on consecutive pages, as in the scenes right before and after first seeing Corsair’s vessel, where the whole panel is repeated, with altered background [which shouldn’t work, by the way, since the characters have walked forward over a narrower path and somehow ended up in exactly the same positions relative to one another, but with the different background].

In any case, Jody Houser’s version of The Corsair was a treat, and matched with the 13th Doctor made for a good story involving the swashbuckling theft of a space-going whale, among other things.

Fans young and old of the current version of the show will enjoy this story…except, perhaps, for Jodie Whittaker making weird faces.

--Nick Smith: Library Technician, Community Services, for the Pasadena Public Library in California.