Cover by Alex Ronald.
London-based Titan Comics certainly turn out a lot of Doctor Who comics these days. There are now separate series for the 8th through to 12th Doctors, with a new series for the 4th Doctor starting next year. This latest issue of their 12th Doctor series (No.16) is also labelled the 2015 Holiday Special with a suitably seasonal complete tale.
Yes, despite this being a British comic, it's called a Holiday Special rather than a Christmas Special. Presumably because the comic is distributed to American comic stores as well as UK comic shops. Make no mistake though that this is most definitely worth including under the Christmas-themed comics I've been covering on this blog this month.
On TV, the Christmas Doctor Who episodes are usually good upbeat romps, and this comic follows that tone. Written by George Mann and Cavan Scott, the 28 page story Relative Dimensions is a fast-paced, fantastically enjoyable adventure for the 12th Doctor and Clara, with some surprising guest stars.
The artwork by Mariano Laclaustra is a delight to see. The script takes quite a few twists and turns and Mariano is called upon to depict various scenes and figures but handles it admirably.
I won't reveal the plot for you as you'll enjoy it more without any spoilers. Suffice to say this is a great fun read for all ages and worth checking out.
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor No.16 (2015 Holiday Special) is $3.99 (about £3.15) and available from comic speciality shops such as Forbidden Planet, and online sellers.
UPDATE: There will be a newsstand edition of this story in a 76 page comic alongside two chapters of a Ninth Doctor story in Tales from the Tardis: Doctor Who, on sale this Thursday, 17th December. Available in WH Smith and selected newsagents. My thanks to James Spiring for the information. More details here: