Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time issues 8 – 10
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time
Written by Scott & David Tipton
Issue 8 Art by Roger Lagridge
Issue 9 Art by David Messina
Issue 10 Art by Elena Casagrande
Issue 8 sees the Eighth Doctor back in action, which is always fantastic to see, I feel this should have been my favorite of these three, but it was not. Issue 9 takes us back go Rose and the Ninth Doctor, for an exciting and enjoyable adventure. Issue 10 takes the Tenth Doctor and Martha to the set of a golden age Hollywood film which is as amusing as any of the television episodes. All three were highly enjoyable and ended with satisfyingly frustrating revelations about the mysterious villain stalking the Doctor through Time.
Issue 8 The Doctor picks up Grace for just one adventure, in the process saves an alien civilization from occupation. The artwork here was a little off putting. It was a little too much like reading sunday morning Blondie comics. It was not bad art, just not to to my tastes. Issue 9 serves as a reminder how good Nine and Rose were together. The artwork was much more aesthetically pleasing, although nothing spectacular. The artist clearly took care to get the characters right, a task that I can imagine is more than challenging when the faces are already very well known to the audience. Finally Issue 10 takes Martha and The Doctor to 1950’s earth, to a Hollywood observatory to catch a last glimpse at Gallifrey. While there Martha is cast to star in a movie that is being filmed nearby. The artwork here is my favorite of the series so far. Several of the panels I quite like and would consider setting as my desktop background. The ending of each issue furthers the overall plot significantly. By the end of issue 9 we know who this villain is. By the end of 10, we know how he is attacking The Doctor, and even see a little bit of why. The revelation of who got a very big reaction out of me. I’ll just say I was surprised, it definitely made me sit up.
This series will conclude at the end of this month. I am looking forward to that conclusion, and will more than happily re-read this series when that comes out. It’s a fantastic series, and it would be an excellent read for any longtime or new fan of Doctor Who.
Issue 8: 7.5 out of 10
Issue 9: 9 out of 10
Issue 10: 8.5 out of 10