Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #5
IDW Publishing (May, 2013)WRITERS: Scott & David Tipton ARTIST: Phillip Bond COLORIST: Charlie Kirchoff SELECTED COVER ART: Francesco Francavilla LETTERER: Tom B. Long EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
A stop to recharge the TARDIS lands the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, and Adric in the middle of a Rutan/Sontaran battle. The Doctor and his friends must escape the Rutans and try to reason with the Sontarans. As for the man stalking his companions, he might be starting to slip up.
What they got right: We get an explanation for why the Doctor has been taken so unawares by our mystery foe. While Adric doesn’t get to use his famous math skills he does get a little action. The Rutans have only been seen once in the series that I know of so using the powers of a comic to enhance their abilities works well.
What they got wrong: That moment Adric has is it for any kind of action. The Rutans want to kill our heroes immediately. The Sontarans welcome him as a strategist. I don’t care what this comic says. The Doctor fought a Rutan once but has fought the Sontarans time and again. (No pun intended.) They are enemies, and one Sontaran from the last Christmas episode doesn’t mean he gets along with them as a race as well as he does, for example, the Draconians. The Tiptons seem interesting in bringing New Who elements into Classic Who, which I don’t have a problem with, but his research is incomplete. No Best Scene nomination here.
Sidebar: I’m getting worried about who this mysterious foe is. Evidence seems to point to a former Companion of the Doctors given something he says in this issue. I’m still hoping for the Valeyard, though.
Recommendation: It disappoints me that my favorite Doctor, and the first one I saw the entire run on, gets such a weak story, with the Companions just being there to be kidnapped by the mysterious foe and not much else. The Doctor himself does nothing except debate with the Sontarans. I’d call it skippable if not for the advances of the series subplot. I don’t think the Tiptons were the right guys for this. I would have gone with someone like Tony Lee, who has shown (in The Forgotten) a broad knowledge of Who history and how to write the various Doctors and Companions.
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