How do you fight evil? With goodness. How do you fight death and desperation? Perhaps with time.
This IS Issue #2 of Titan Comic’s “New Adventures With The Fourth Doctor: Gaze of Medusa, Part 2.” The Doctor And Sarah Jane are facing one of their biggest challenges with these players and series of events.
The writers Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby keep the story and action going. And the artist and colorist – Brian Williamson and Hi-Fi respectively – paint light and darkness with precision and high entertainment value.
The last time we left the time duo, Sarah was held captive by the Lady with the veil, aka Lady Emily Carstairs. And, Sarah Jane was facing her own mortality: literally in the form of a stone statue of herself, dated to be over three thousand years old. Meanwhile, the Doctor got acquainted with a pair of father and daughter Chrononautologists/”experts in time travel.”
It is through the perspectives of Chrononautologists Professor Odysseus James and his daughter Athena with the Doctor, and Lady Emily with Sarah Jane how these events precipitated. Professor Odysseus and Athena tell the tale that he was laughed at by his fellow peers that one could actually travel through time, or the “Chrono-stream” as the professor calls it. Until one day, Lady Emily walked into his life claiming that she believed him.
As Lady Emily tells it to Sarah Jane, she offered the Professor a device, the “Lamp of Chronos,” that he could use to not only see through time, but also communicate and travel as well. Lady Emily’s late husband was an “antiquarian” who had found the object in Greece. After Lady Emily’s husband’s death, she discovered what this lamp could do. The Professor was shocked, and intrigued by what he discovered with the lamp. But all Lady Emily wanted was to communicate and see was her husband and two children that had passed away.
When the Professor refused, Lady Emily took the device back and attempted to make contact on her own through time. Lady Emily unwittingly created a gateway to take her to her family, but it had disasterous results: it turned almost all of her body into stone. It also gave her the power to summon the Cyclopsian henchmen.
The Doctor, the Professor, and Athena attempt to rescue Sarah Jane and stop Lady Emily. Have you ever fought with a Cyclops before? The Doctor and his new companions sure try to. Everything ends in a mess. With the activation of the lamp, the Professor, Sarah Jane, and one Cyclops henchman get stuck in time, in what looks like a graveyard of lifelike stone statues. And the Doctor, along with Athena, appear to be stuck with the Lady Emily in Victorian London.
In this four part series about the man from Gallifrey and his trusted companion Sarah Jane Smith, it is an entertaining continuing story. Stay tuned for more.