September sees the launch of Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious – a multi-media extravaganza spread across comics, books, audio adventures and live interactive events. Featuring the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Doctors, many fans have been wondering where they should start with this epic adventure, and whether they need to buy everything in order to follow the story.
Well first-off, the BBC has supplied a rather helpful chart which shows the timeline of all the upcoming Time Lord Victorious releases. So if you’re a completist, consider this your official map through time and space!
That being said, there are still more stories to be announced, so this chart is very much a work-in-progress. Time can be rewritten, after all.
But in terms of where to begin, apparently it doesn’t matter. Producer James Goss says that fans should view Time Lord Victorious as being “like a Doctor Who festival” with “lots of different stuff happening all around you.” So the idea is just to pick what you fancy and enjoy it, and should you happen to collect another adventure along the way, you may spot one or two connecting nuggets that contribute to a bigger picture.
As Goss explains: “It’s been designed so that if you just explore one bit of it, you’ll have a great time and understand the story fully.” He adds: “Every story, every strand of Time Lord Victorious has a beginning, middle and end so you can pick up a book and enjoy that on its own, or you might find clues and points of interest that lead you to another product.”
And it’s certainly an interesting premise. The story is set during the Dark Times at the start of the universe, and the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Doctors find themselves having to defend Gallifrey from “a terrible race.” Now, whether these Dark Times are the same as the “old times” mentioned in the Seventh Doctor story ‘Silver Nemesis’ remains to be seen, but it’s a possibility. (See our ultimate guide to the Seventh Doctor for more on this tidbit.)
And as Goss says, there really is no right or wrong place to start with Time Lord Victorious. Personally, I find his analogy of a Doctor Who festival really helpful, and a relief, as I’m not sure my bank balance will stretch to the full multi-media experience. Unless the BBC wants to send me a few freebies to review. (You have to ask, right?)
Anyway, if you really want to get everything, you can jump right in with A Dalek Awakens (a live escape room!) which is taking bookings now. After this is the Tenth Doctor comic book adventure Defender of the Daleks #1 from Titan Comics, which launches on the 2nd September.
How will you be approaching Time Lord Victorious? Do you plan to get everything, and work through the adventure chronologically? Or will you be dipping in and out with occasional releases? Let me know in the comments below.
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