The Swords of Kali
In the distant past, the land that would be India played host to a war between ancient aliens, whose cross-temporal battles contributed to the country’s rich myths and legends. Kali, oldest and deadliest of these creatures, was thought defeated long, long ago; her body scattered throughout time to prevent her return. But her psychic essence could not be killed… nor her millennia-long quest for vengeance.
Now, in the 23rd Century, she is on the brink of resurrection. And with India at the forefront of human spaceflight, it’s not only Earth that falls to her predations if she succeeds – but the whole cosmos!
In a race against time, and across it, the Doctor and Clara must gather secrets, intelligence and allies from across India’s past, present and future — if they are to survive… THE SWORDS OF KALI!
Starting from Part 2, which was released in January 2015, the year 24th-century part of the story takes place in jumps from 2314 to 2315. No narrative explanation such as the proximity of the New Year is provided. In particular, the Doctor introduces Priyanka to Rani as “trainee astronaut, 2315” despite last seeing her in 2314.
An image of Danny Pink appears on one panel; to date, it is his only appearance in a Titan comic story.
Clara appears to be borrowing a shirt from Priyanka at the end of the story, as Kali’s top was too big for her; immediately after Clara changes back, the Doctor lends her his coat to cover herself. Though it appears Clara kept Kali’s trousers until she can get to the TARDIS wardrobe.
Leonardo’s words “For whom does that unearthly bell toll?” are a paraphrase of the title of the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.