Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colourist: Enrica Eren Angiolini
Published by Titan Comics - November 2019
Christmas Specials may no longer be a major part of the TV series, but Doctor Who can't completely escape the holiday. Titan Comics has decided to fill the void by offering up its own holiday story featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her cohorts.
The gang is plotting their next trip, but when they discuss the possibility of a carnival or amusement park, they recount the last time they made such a trip, but their memories don't line up at all. They each have their own version of what happened on a certain trip, and the Doctor needs to know why. So they head off to investigate. It takes them to a planet they don't recognize but based on their encounter with a being from that planet they had been there before. And this leads them to a castle with Santa Claus who has nutcracker robots or something. They are jailed for calling him Santa though.
It's only the first half of the story, with the second half to be resolved in the next issue. It's a fine set up, but Santa Claus has certainly been covered in Who of Christmas past (both on TV and in the comics of yesteryear). While it is nice for those missing the Christmas Special to have something, even a comic, to fill the hole...I can't say I am terribly bothered by the loss of the Christmas special. I always enjoyed them, but the show was clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel when it came to Christmas themed episodes. They did 13 of them, and I think the theme had run its course. The Doctor can't always bump into an adventure with killer Christmas Trees, Robot Santas, evil Snowmen...or just get lazy with it and call the town Christmas just to get it out of the way. I'm fine with the show moving on.
That all said, this is so far a decent start to the story, and I am hopeful that for once this team manages to end a story and not rush to the ending.