Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #10
Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary continues! Brilliant! The Tenth Doctor takes the spotlight in this issue of a 12-part epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the Doctor. The Doctor brings Martha to 1950s Los Angeles and the Griffith Observatory to give her a glimpse of Gallifrey, but soon encounters a film crew whose members are mysteriously disappearing!
IDW’s Doctor Who celebrations roll on this week with the release of the next installment of Prisoners of Time. This is issue #10, so that means David Tennant’s Doctor gets the spotlight. The new story for Ten is written by Scott and David Tipton with art by Elena Casagrande. Arianna Florean provides colors with Azzura M. Florean lending a hand. Tom B. Long provides lettering. We’re reaching the end of the event and the big bad has been revealed. Does the Tenth Doctor’s adventure keep things rolling?
The Tenth Doctor and Martha arrive at the Griffith Observatory in 1950s Los Angeles. The Doctor has brought his companion to the observatory to show her a glimpse of Gallifrey. The home world of the Time Lords, thanks to some jiggery pokery, is still visible as a residual image in the cosmos. After Martha and the Doctor’s little heart-to-heart-to-heart (he has two hearts, remember?) the duo find a movie is filming outside of the observatory. They quickly make friends with the troubled production, and Martha finds herself in a starring role. Something or someone has been making members of the film crew disappear without a trace. While Martha is being a star, The Doctor goes and investigates. What he finds is a threat from his past that is trying to enact their nefarious plan. He may be able to stop that, but Adam is still on the loose. Can The Doctor save earth yet again? More importantly, will he be able to save Martha before Adam strikes again?
The Tiptons write a mixed issue. The characterizations are absolutely perfect, but the choice of villain leaves you scratching your head. They chose an old, forgotten nemesis that wasn’t much good when they first appeared on TV. They don’t really pose much of a threat. The bits where Adam comes in to strike at everything The Doctor holds dear picks things up though. Things start to come full circle with the final few pages. Casagrande’s art is stellar. She’s able to capture the likenesses of David Tennant and Freema Agyeman near perfectly. These take you back a few years to when IDW was presenting early 10/Martha stories. There’s nothing to knock on the art front. The Florean’s colors compliment the art splendidly. The panel with Gallifrey is a particularly beautiful page.
Bottom Line: Prisoners of Time keeps giving you fun stories featuring all of The Doctors. This one perfectly captures the Tennant era as far as characterization and pace goes, but the villains feel a little too weak. We’ve got two more issues to go, and it all looks to be a fast-paced thrill ride. 3.5/5
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