Doctor Who: Prisoner Of Time #8 continues exploring the Doctor’s history, offering the eight Doctor (Paul McGann). Again we have a quick adventure and tease of the overall arc yet this issue is a little different.
The official description from IDW:
Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary continues! The Eighth Doctor takes the spotlight in this issue of a 12-part epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the Doctor! After helping him defeat the Master, the Doctor attempts to convince Grace Holloway to join him on his travels, in this untold tale!
Everything about this issue feels very light in it’s themes and nature.. almost as if it’s approaching a childish audience. It’s not strictly bad – I appreciate making each issue different – but it doesn’t feel like Doctor Who. I guess, at the end of the day, the main problem with this issue is there’s little to base it off. When you only have one movie to work with, it’s hard for anything to really feel authentic and natural.
In terms of the writing, it might lie with the very loose script. Scott & David Tipton go for a bit of a wander in the first few pages before quickly blundering into the actual plot. It’s very one dimensional, even for a one-issue story, although I expect some people might like the quirky, whimsical nature of it.
The art by Roger Langridge is similarly unique. It reminds me a lot of old comics, such as Popeye. The art is ‘cutesy’ and simplified, offering shapes instead of definition. It adds to the whimsical but takes away from depth and detail. The colors, courtesy of Charlie Kirchoff, are similarly lacking.
In short, this is an issue that may split fans. At the end of the day, the lack of canon on the eight Doctor gave the creative team plenty of room yet, with only one issue, there was never going to be much to sink into. At the very least, the cliffhanger ending ties into the overall arc more.