In Doctor Who: Missy # 1, the fan favorite female version of The Master returns and this time she launches her own costume as … The Doctor?
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Doctor Who: Missy # 1 by Jody Houser, Roberta Ingranata, Enrica Eren Angiolini, Shari Chankhamma and Richard Starkings of Comicraft, on sale now.
In Doctor Who: Missy # 1, the fan favorite female version of The Master returns to the franchise. Like the Doctor, the Master is a Time Lord, and the character has undergone multiple regenerations in Doctor Who58 years of history. In the Season 8 premiere, “Deep Breath” in 2014, Missy made her television series debut as the first female version of The Doctor’s Enemy. During Peter Capaldi’s tenure, Missy and the Twelfth Doctor crossed paths on numerous occasions and throughout her appearances in Seasons 8, 9 and 10, she quickly became a fan favorite character by redeeming the Master to become a kind of anti-hero.
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Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Missy passed away in the Season 10 finale, leaving the door open for another version of the Master to take her place. But now Missy is making her triumphant return to the franchise in Doctor Who: Missy # 1. And in this appearance, she debuts her own costume by pretending to be the Doctor.
In the comic, Missy visits the 52nd century Stormcage containment facility, a futuristic prison that first appeared in Doctor Whothe fifth season. There she intends to visit a very specific inmate: the first version of the Master. Doctor WhoRoger Delgado’s original master was played by Roger Delgado, and he faced off against the Third Doctor from 1971 to 1973. In the comics, we come to understand that after his last loss to the Third Doctor, the Master was incarcerated in Stormcage.
Missy intends to get him out, and in order to do that, she must infiltrate the supermax prison. But Missy doesn’t attack or create a big scene. Instead, she walks through the front door and goes through security convincing them that she is the Doctor.
To help him sell the masquerade, Missy shows up wearing her own version of the doctor’s costume: she has a hat, of course, but this time it’s decorated with yellow plastic ducks. She has matching colors in blue and orange, a large question mark on her skirt that pays homage to the fifth, sixth and seventh medics, an umbrella and mismatched socks and gloves that complete her ensemble.
All of this creates a distinct and colorful look for Missy that could easily pass for a goofy. Doctor Who suit. It also shows what exactly she thinks about the Doctor’s look, and it clearly means a punch at her nemesis’ most extravagant outfits. But that does the trick, and she is allowed to go through prison security. What’s also funny about Missy pretending to be the Doctor is that she insists on being called “Doctor Who”. She calls it a new branding, but it’s also a play about the show’s past, which credits the main character to “Doctor Who” instead of “The Doctor.”
Missy’s turn as “Doctor Who” is a fun way to bring the character back. It pokes fun at the show’s mythology in a way that’s so Missy, and it sets up a promising team between her and the master. The big question, though, is whether she will reveal to her counterpart that she is his future self, or will she continue to make him believe that she is the Doctor – er, Doctor Who.
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