Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #11
Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary continues! Geronimo! The Eleventh Doctor joins the fray in this issue of a 12-part epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the Doctor. Now that the Doctor has uncovered the true identity of his latest adversary, he must track him through time and space for a final confrontation!
The eleventh issue of IDW’s Prisoners of Time is released this week which means the 11th Doctor gets the spotlight in the series celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who. This is the penultimate installment of the 12 part story, so the stage is set for the big finale. The story is written by Scott and David Tipton with art by Matthew Dow Smith. Charlie Kirchoff handles colors with Tom B. Long providing lettering. Prisoners of Time has been a rocky road, but how do things measure up as we reach the conclusion?
This one breaks the cycle of how the stories have been playing out. We join The Doctor and Clara after they have just finished an adventure. Adam arrives on the scene and captures the companion while knocking The Doctor out cold. From there our hero must play detective as he backtracks all 10 of his previous encounters with Adam and try to find out where he is hiding himself and all of the companions. At Van Statten’s vault, where everything with Adam began, The Doctor finds the clue he needs. When Adam and The Doctor come face to face, not only are the lives of the various companions at stake, but the universe itself hangs in the balance. Can The Doctor save everyone? Can Adam be stopped?
The Tiptons write an excellent issue. They break the formula of how these stories have played out and give us The Doctor finally piecing things together. The 11th is a great incarnation to have facing off with Adam. Matt Smith’s Doctor can be fun, but he can turn serious and menacing in a heartbeat. Adam shows The Doctor that he can’t truly be friends with these people and he brings them more trouble and heartache than he can ever imagine. The Tiptons cut right to the core of The Doctor with the companion dilemma. The Doctor is contained a little too easily, but that may just be part of the plan. Matthew Dow Smith does an excellent job of capture the other Smith’s likeness. There’s more detective work than straight on action, but Smith does a fine job of presenting the characters with his and retracing the different settings with his heavy line work. There’s a surprise guest that Smith does a fabulous job of presenting. Kirchoff’s colors are a perfect complement to Smith’s art, with his use of blues and greens to show the glow of the electronics.
Bottom Line: This is the issue we’ve been waiting for. The Doctor has pieced everything together and he has found his companions. Whether he can save them or not remains to be seen. 5/5