Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time is shaping up quite nicely. A silent menace is stalking the good Doctor, but not just one of them – this enemy is stalking all eleven Doctors at the same time. A unique threat for sure. Prisoners Of Time #1 was a bit of a let down on the art side. Writers Scott and David Tipton put together a great story, one that felt very reminiscent of the stuffy and older first Doctor but, as good as the story was, the art came across rushed and sloppy. Thankfully, IDW Publishing has remedied that.
Prisoners Of Time #2 is all about the 2nd Doctor, portrayed by Patrick Troughton from 1966-69. Troughton was still a bit stuffy, but he was the first Doctor to have some fire, some real conviction to his beliefs. He was also younger than the first Doctor, allowing for more action in the stories. The Tiptons have clearly researched the Doctors or are simply longtime fans, because they write the second Doctor perfectly.
Doctor #2 and his companions Zoe Herlot and Jamie McCrimmon arrive on a planet that is one giant shopping bazaar. Everything is for sale, including slaves and illegal weapons. Naturally, the Doctor is irate and promises to break up the slave trade. Dealing in human goods are the reptile humanoid creatures called the Voraxx, who have taken a shine to Jamie. Never one to let good bait go to waste, the Doctor allows Jamie to be kidnapped so he can track him to the secret Voraxx ship.
Through a series of twists and turns, all of which are very much in the vein of the 2nd Doctor, Jamie is freed, the slaves released and all seems well – until the Doctor and his companions try to beam back down to the Tardis. Suddenly, the Doctor is alone; his companions have vanished, much like with the first Doctor in Prisoners Of Time #1. Who is behind this? How are they doing this and why? None of these questions are broached in this issue. The mystery only deepens.
Scott & David Tipton have found their rhythm moreso here than with issue #1. The constant back and forth between Zoe and Jamie is spot on, the attitude of the Doctor is perfect, and the story buzzes along like an old fashioned Doctor Who adventure. Besides making this issue so enjoyable, the Tiptons also broaden the scope of the underlying mystery.
What really jumps ahead of issue #1 is the art. This Doctor Who adventure has a very specific style to it. It reads, both in dialog and plot, like one of the multiple space adventures DC or Marvel released in the late sixties and early seventies. Artist Lee Sullivan understands that and pencils this issue accordingly. He leaves no detail overlooked. From the way characters in the background are drawn, thin with light detail, to the shading on each expression on every face. I also love the way Sullivan pencils multiple characters in small spaces.
Tying the entire package together like the rug in The Dude’s apartment are the colors from Phil Elliot. He also gets the sixties/seventies vibe of Prisoners Of Time #2 and colors accordingly. Nothing is too sharp or too perfect; it looks very much colored by hand.
Prisoners Of Time #2 is a great story and gives me a lot of hope for the rest of this series.
Story: 4 + Art: 4 =