Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #12
Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary concludes! All eleven Doctors must team up if there’s any hope of defeating his latest and most surprising adversary! Everything has been leading up to this epic conclusion!
IDW’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations conclude this week with the release of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12. All the Doctors have been untied for one final showdown with Adam. The story is written by Scott and David Tipton with art from Kelly Yates. Charlie Kirchoff handles colors and Tom B. Long provides lettering. This is said to be the ‘epic conclusion,’ but is it truly epic?
Adam has the Eleventh Doctor in his clutches and is making our hero make a difficult choice- he can save one companion. Who does he want to spend what’s left of time with? The Doctor has a few tricks up his sleeves, of course. Every single incarnation is brought together thanks to Adam and The Master’s tampering with time. Our heroes unite to defeat the villainous duo and their army of mindless minions for the fate of the universe and their various companions. It’s an all-out brawl as 11 Doctors and countless companions try to stop a plan that could end everything. Do our assembled heroes and heroines succeed? How do you fit that many people in one place?
The Tiptons write a great bit of fan service. All the various Doctors are there and we get a glimpse at many of the companions. There’s no way to give each Doctor their own time to shine, but that’s what the previous 10 months issues were supposed to be about. There’s absolutely no real point for everyone being together in one place, but they are and it makes for a nice visual. Things happen fast and the story isn’t perfect, but we get to see all the Doctors and many, many companions all in one place. It’s fast, it’s fun, and it’s a good Doctor Who party. Yates’ art is solid. With 11 Doctors, The Master, Adam, and a whole slew of companions, some likeness are a little closer than others, but everything looks great overall. You have to give Yates a lot of credit for handling page after page jam-packed with characters so well. Kirchoff’s colors are very vibrant. The Technicolor dream coat, the ridiculously large scarf, and all the crushed velvet really pop. There’s a lot to take in, but the artist and colorist handled it well.
Bottom Line: Prisoners of Time has been a rocky ride, but it finishes in a fun fashion. It gives you what you wanted and what you expected, but it also wraps up a really intriguing story by bringing back Adam. It hasn’t been consistent and it ends in a bit of a rush, but it has had some great art. 3.5/5