DR. WHO IN VEGAS
By Byron Craft
The Doctor and Clara are forced to ally with gangsters on the Vegas Strip in 1964 to combat a terrifying foe from outer space! Will the Doctor’s morals prove as alien as the unearthly invaders, or can he triumph without compromise…in GANGLAND?
Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television program produced by the BBC from 1963 to present day. The show depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord, a space and time traveling humanoid alien. His entry into an episode sometimes has him introducing himself as “the Doctor.” Invariably someone will ask, “Doctor who?” Thus, the name of the show.
The Doctor explores the universe in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), a time traveling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain when the series first aired. The TARDIS is designed to disguise itself to its surroundings, and got stuck as the now famous blue box. The delightful bit of British sci-fi that tugs at our funny bone has the blue box warping space, as well as time, so it’s “bigger on the inside than the outside.” A lot bigger!
The Doctor also has a way of physically defying time. When the show first aired in 1963, Doctor Who was portrayed by veteran British actor, William Hartnell. Hartnell played the character for four seasons, until he was taken ill with a serious heart condition. The producers of the program were horrified at losing him, because it was the highest rated show at the time in the U.K. and Australia. Out of desperation, the show’s writers came up with the idea that every time the Doctor is mortally wounded, he would regenerate into a new body. So this convenient story construct allowed for future actors to bow out of the part whenever they became weary of playing the character. After fifty-plus years, we are now enjoying the twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who.
The Doctor, almost always, is accompanied by companions (humans), and together they combat a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, helping people in need. Some of us earthlings have been treated to the Doctor’s television adventures for over five decades, but now, there is a new venue. Titan Comics has brought us the “New Adventures With The Twelfth Doctor.” VegasSmarty would like to draw our readers’ attention to Titan’s newest story, published in two parts, in issues #9 and #10:
—In the aftermath of a galactic war, the President of the Time Lords seeks to purge evil forces that pose a threat to universal harmony. The major target is Count D’if who has seized control of several peaceful star systems. D’if is a deadly foe, a cunning, ruthless tyrant that has but one weakness: He is a notorious gambler. The President of the Time Lords tricks D’if into playing a type of Russian roulette with a device known as a “Time Gun.” And as you have probably guessed, Count D’if loses and he is blasted to 1964 and the Vegas Strip.—
This delightful romp written by Robbie Morrison and illustrated by Brian Williamson has the Doctor and his sidekick Clara rubbing shoulders with Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., when they travel back in time to save earth from the vile and malicious D’if. The story is a fun read and the artwork is stupendous. The illustrations are very realistic as we meet the Doctor and Clara walking down the Strip with the Rat Pack at their sides or when the TARDIS materializes in front of the Sands. We recommend this to Doctor Who fans and fans of the old Vegas alike.
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor issues #9 and #10 are sold separately
on Amazon.com in either hard copies (the physical comics) or as Kindles.