Of the various continuing Doctor Who titles that Titan Comics has going right now, The Twelfth Doctor is something of an anomaly. The others, the Tenth, Eleventh, and, soon, the Ninth Doctors, are all gone and the comics serve as a way for fans to continue to go on adventures with their favorite Time Lords. But Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is still going strong, and will be for some time now that we know both Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman will be back for season 9 of the long running sci-fi series. There’s no nostalgia to trade on here, and I won’t say it’s unnecessary, but as we look at issue #3, “The Swords of Kali,” it has a distinctly different feel than the others.
After battling and banishing the Hyperion in the last issue—signaling the new rise of a old foe of the Time Lords of Gallifrey, something that is sure to play a big role moving forward—the Doctor and Clara are off on a new adventure. This latest jaunt sees the duo bounce from 18th century India to 16th century Florence—where we learn the true origins of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—back to India, but this time in the 2300s. You get vampiric monsters, road warrior murder cults, and badass amazon vigilantes, among other fun little bits and baubles. As the Doctor says, there’s “death, destruction, and timeless evil,” all of his favorite things.