Beware: spoilers ahoy!
When it comes to a comic series like Doctor Who, there's a big chance there will be too many cooks in the kitchen. There have been stellar storylines and art in previous issues but the quality and tone can vary widely. So when IDW announced earlier this year that Andy Diggle and Mark Buckingham would be teaming up for the next wave of Who stories, there was equal amounts of relief and excitement from fans. The Doctor would be in very good hands.
In a move that shocked no one familiar with the Doctor's affection for both planet Earth and the UK in particular, Issue 1 starts off in London. The year is 1851 and we're privy to a psychic reading that quickly goes awry. Despite some obvious fakery at work, the medium seems to have information on her client that she couldn't know otherwise.
Before we can find out more about the mysterious psychic, we're aboard the TARDIS with the Ponds. Diggle has a great grasp of the characters' dynamic and how they interact with each other, which makes for very authentic dialogue. Buckingham's art nails the trios likenesses in every panel while still giving them fresh expressions. It's an excellent transition from the show to the page.
Without spoiling too much more of the story, there's some alien intervention, parallel universes, a sneakily placed history lesson and just enough sense of danger to make the next issue not come soon enough.