A Comic Book That Is Bigger On The Inside

Page3This is the first page of next week's Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #3 by Si Spurrier and Simon Fraser. Published by Titan Comics, the relaunched series has done a number of surprising things, not the least reviving the character created by the late Steve Moore, Absalom Daak, Dalek Killer.

But next week, the comic takes a new step into doing something very different, in terms of telling a Doctor Who comic story. Realising the size, shape and layout of the TARDIS in its police box portrayal is very similar to that of a comic book. And so, opening the doors, in a story called Pull To Open….

Page4…mirroring the placement of the panels on the front of the TARDIS, with the panels of the page. And that's not all, the top two panels have criss crossing lines that mirror the window panes. One panel of text that mirrors the size and front of the Police Box instructions. And the panel opposite featuring a round object with something crossing inside it, that mirrors the St John Ambulance logo also on the front.

And Alice and the Squire trapped within, unable to find a door out.

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This layout is only interrupted by splash pages, again, the idea of the TARDIS door having opened and revealing something that is bigger on the inside.

It really is a remarkable piece of formalist comic book making. I'm sure Si and Simon will have plenty to saw about it on publication.

I just thought, whether you like Doctor Who or not, that this may be worth a second look next Wednesday…

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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