Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf #1 brings together several characters from the beloved series in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Eighth Doctor’s debut: Paul McGann, the last incarnation before the Time War. Joining McGann is the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)–who at this point in time is grieving the loss of Amy and Rory–and Rose Tyler, who has settled down with the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), now known as John Smith. The matter that brings this crew together is Empress Rose (a.k.a. the Bad Wolf Empress), a Rose from an alternate timeline.

This first issue moves along swiftly. It doesn’t reveal much about Empress Rose’s situation, and it serves mainly to bring regular Rose and the Doctors to this alternate world. So, content-wise, it’s very sparse, but that’s okay with me (and I imagine with other Whovians) as I just enjoy spending time with these characters–particularly a world in which Rose and the Tenth Doctor are married and raising a daughter, Mia.

Per usual, Jody Houser does a fantastic job of writing these characters. You can hear their voices while reading the dialogue, which makes the experience all that more rewarding. Likewise, the character designs by Roberta Ingranata are recognizable, and the vibrant coloring by Warnia K. Sahadewa brings some magic to the pages. While the art is overall more cartoonish than I generally like, it makes sense for a Doctor Who comic.

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf #1 sets the stage for what is sure to be another exciting journey across time and space, so Whovians, definitely add it to your pull list!

Doctor Who: Empire of the Wolf #1


Bad Wolf Empress. Heck Yes.


Mr. & Mrs. Tenth Doctor and Rose


Double Roses. (Okay, I really like Rose...)


Double Doctors. (I like them, too.)


Creative Team.



  • Writer: Jody Houser
  • Artist: Roberta Ingranata
  • Colorist: Warnia K. Sahadewa
  • Letterer: Comiccraft's Richard Starkings
  • Publisher: Titan Comics
Anelise Farris
Anelise is an english professor with a love for old buildings, dusty tomes, black turtlenecks, and all things macabre and odd.

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