Originally published on Set The Tape
‘The universe is collapsing, swallowed up into the void – and the people of Earth have turned against the Doctor, forcing him to team up with his past and future selves! The unprecedented crossover between all thirteen Doctors continues, as the secret of the void is revealed, the Fourth Doctor and River Song play crucial parts in the survival of all Time and Space, and the final, spectacular conflict is engaged!’
Doctor Who has always done good cross-over stories. Since ‘The Three Doctors’ back in 1972 fans have enjoyed seeing multiple Doctors working together against a major threat, and is something the series has done multiple times over the years; usually to celebrate a milestone in the franchise.
The biggest draw-back of these crossovers is that it’s sadly become impossible to have many of the older Doctors appear due to the actors having aged or passed away; this, however, isn’t a problem when it comes to comic books.
Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension is a very ambitious crossover, with every single Doctor appearing, including a younger version of John Hurt’s War Doctor, as well as several companions, side characters, and monsters from the 50 years of the franchise.
Picking up where the previous volume left off, the final part of the story features the Ninth, Tenth, and Twelfth Doctors facing off against an army of mind controlled humans as they struggle to find a solution to the universe wide destruction that faces all of time and space.
The multiple Doctors interact brilliantly, each with their own reactions to meeting their past and future selves, and they quickly develop a working shorthand that shows that despite the differences between them all, they’re very much the same hero we know and love.
Things are made further interesting with multiple companions getting to interact not just with each other, but other versions of the Doctor; and the return of Jenny gives the adventure an injection of excitement and energy.
The story works well, unfolding slowly to begin with as further details are added through two side stories focusing on the Fourth Doctor and River Song, that whilst their own separate tales do add a lot to the main events. It’s towards the end of the book that the writing really improves, however, with the reveal of what is actually happening, and every single Doctor coming together to save all of reality.
The art styles in each chapter differ too, from very traditional comic art, to beautiful hand painted artwork in the last issue, that manages to capture the likenesses of all of the characters perfectly. This art style also makes the scenes of space and the distortion of reality look truly stunning.
Doctor Who crossovers are always grand adventures, and Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension delivers this in spades, telling a story that could never be done on screens. With a story that manages to draw from stories from across the entire five decades of the franchise, and even goes on to add more information to the history of Gallifrey and the creation of the TARDIS it’s a story that all Doctor Who fans should make the time for.
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