Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colourist: Enrica Eren Angiolini
Published by Titan Comics - October 2020
Defender of the Daleks concludes here in the second part of the Titan Time Lord Victorious offering. The Doctor continues to work with the Daleks to stop the Hond from escaping and destroying everyone in the universe. Can the Doctor stop the Hond from destroying everything? Can he work WITH the Daleks? Even if he wins, can he still lose? It’s an entertaining story, and without getting too deep into any spoiler territory, I think this is one of writer Jody Houser’s stronger efforts. Much like the Thirteenth/Tenth Doctor team up that launched the seemingly now-dormant Thirteenth Doctor comic that she penned...this story feels far more complete and has better pacing, which was not a strength for the bulk of the Thirteenth Doctor’s “Year One” stories.
This is, ultimately, a fairly successful close to this segment of the cross-platform storyline that is the “Time Lord Victorious” thing. So far I have read these two Titan installments and begun listening to the Big Finish offerings...the connections between them seem loose. I understand that this is a story in which each installment needs to both fit into a larger puzzle AND stand entirely on it’s own...but as this story wrapped up, I didn’t feel like it was so much part of a larger ongoing story, as much as it was just a fairly entertaining one-off.
But as long as it is a good read, does that really matter much? Who cares if the larger multi-media story isn’t quite coming into view? If I was only going to read this comic, I would be satisfied as a one-off Tenth Doctor Adventure. It doesn’t leave you craving more or where it all might go next, but it is solid. In the end...that is enough.