Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #7

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Our yearlong celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary continues! The Seventh Doctor takes the spotlight in this issue of a 12-part epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the Doctor! In a 19th-century Scottish castle, a live-in nurse’s concerns about the elderly couple in her care are allayed by a visiting doctor and his curiously modern female companion.

prisoners coverIDW’s celebration for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary rolls on this week with the release of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #7. A 7th issue means Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor gets the spotlight. The story is written by Scott and David Tipton with art by Kev Hopgood. Charlie Kirchoff provides colors with Tom B. Long handling lettering. So is the seventh outing a good read, or should it suffer the same fate as McCoy’s time on Who?

The Doctor and Ace arrive at a Scottish castle in 1830. An elderly couple is bedridden and being attended by a nursemaid. The couple is in bad shape, and the nursemaid is waiting for the family doctor to arrive. He never makes it, but The Doctor does. He quickly gets to work examining the patients as Ace chats with the nursemaid. The Doctor quickly discovers that something is odd in the castle and the man who says the couple are his aunt and uncle isn’t what he seems. There’s something strange about the man who will become the master of the house. The Doctor sends Ace to investigate some strange energy signatures, and she finds the epicenter of the estates strangeness. When the villain behind the whole ordeal is revealed, The Doctor faces a threat that ties into the mysterious figure snatching up his companions. Seven Doctors have had their companions stolen out of time, but how much longer until The Doctor falls into the trap?

The Tiptons write a basic Seventh Doctor issue. You get the gothic horror story that features Seven wearing his brown jacket. Things are creepy and feels like a Poe story. It reflects the show well in that way. The villain has a harebrained plot, that while explained, still doesn’t make much sense. That too fits with the show at the time. That particular villain set up elaborate and weird traps that didn’t make much sense. The story falls into the same formula as 5 of the other 6 comics. You have a classic Doctor story, the conclusion, and the bit with the mysterious stranger. This time you at least get a hint as to the larger plan. Hopgood’s art is solid. He handles the settings well and pulls of a great Sylvester McCoy likeness. There are a few times where Ace’s features don’t quite fit her face, but save for only a few incidents it’s very good.

Bottom Line: Seeing all the classic Doctor’s get their time to shine in new stories is absolutely thrilling. It is getting a big formulaic. The Sixth Doctor story broke the cycle, but it starts back up with Seven. It will be interesting to see if the final few Doctors break the chain and start making heads or tails of the larger mystery. 3/5

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