Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One
Written by George Mann, Cavan Scott, and Nick Abadzis
Art by Rachael Stott, Adriana Melo, Cris Bolson, Mariano Laclaustra, Carlos Cabrera, Leandro Casco, I. N. J. Culbard, Rod Fernandes, Marco Lesko, Dijjo Lima, Hernan Cabrera, IHQ Studios, Pasquale Qualano, Mony Castillo, Klebs Jr, JB Bastos, and Fer Centurion
Lettering by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
Published by Titan Comics
‘Rama Rating: 7 out of 10
Titan Comics goes big, weird, and reverential in the first collection of their latest Doctor Who event crossover The Lost Dimension. Scripted by all three current Doctor Who scribes - Cavan Scott, Nick Abadzis, and George Mann - and illustrated by a full complement of pencilers and colorists, like I. N. J. Culbard, Rod Fernandes, and Rachael Stott, this first collection is an epic and varied collection of stories, taking readers to everywhere from the far future to ancient Gallifrey and everything that ever was in between. Though as a collection, the story runs into some of the same problems that has plagued the current TV series, Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One still stands as a capable large-scale crossover that should please both old and new fans alike.
The Void is coming for our universe, but while it weaves a narrative thread through all the issues collected here, the Void isn’t exactly the most clear and present threat throughout the stories. This is both a good and bad thing for Mann, Scott, and Abadzis’ scripts. On one hand, this more hands-off approach to the larger crossover arc allows for each of the stories to be satisfying in their own way, much like some of the best of the current TV series. This gives the collection a much more episodic feel and allows for each of the Doctors - mainly Nine, Ten, and Eleven, and their current crop of companions - to get plenty of time in the spotlight as they run and fight through scenarios like a Cybermen invasion fleet and a lost Silurian island colony.
But like some of the current TV seasons, the stories suffer having to serve a larger arc. As this is only the first volume, collecting only the first four installments of the crossover (two of which being “special” one-shots) and the prequel starring the Doctor’s clone daughter Jenny, this collection frustratingly ends on a cliffhanger. While the writing team gussies up the connective tissue of the crossover with affecting cameos from classic incarnations like Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor and Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor, but it never fully comes together as a full narrative just yet. Think of it as a really great anthology season of Doctor Who with a somewhat lacking larger arc that will surely (hopefully) pay off once Book Two hits shelves.
But if there is one area in which this collection doesn’t fall short, it is visuals. Unconstrained by TV budgets, The Lost Dimension Book One is Doctor Who at its most expansive and visually inventive. Anchored by DW comic mainstays like Adriana Melo, Mariano Laclaustra and many more, this collection delivers the same sort of whizz-bang action, intimate character moments, and trippy stage lighting that the show does, but on a colossal scale. This crop of artists also show they are afraid to be weird or try new things, in particular I. N. J. Culbard’s Mike Allred-esque Eleventh Doctor artwork, which blends ancient Time Lord society with stark ‘70s-colored backgrounds and a whimsical style that captures the essence of Matt Smith’s incarnation (and the impish Second Doctor cameos) perfectly. Though the scripts may take a few lumps throughout this collection, The Lost Dimension Book One is definitely punching above its weight class when it comes to visuals.
Like I said, this collection has its problems but Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One certainly takes full advantage of just how expansive the property can be while displaying its knack for all kinds of different stories and tones. Would I have loved if it was a little tighter or maybe had a bit more issues collected behind its cover? Absolutely! But, missteps aside, Titan Comics has another solidly entertaining crossover under their belt with The Lost Dimension Book One.