Friday, 28 June 2013

Review: Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1-6

When discussing the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with longtime fans of the series, you're likely to hear a great deal of complaints. To those people who may be disappointed by the lack of their favourite Doctor in the special, I would recommend you check out IDW's Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time maxi-series. This twelve-issue comic series spotlights a different Doctor each month. Each issue has a self-contained story, but there's a larger sub-plot that is connecting each of the Doctors together through time. This review will focus on the first six issues that have been released so far.

The structure of the series, penned by Scott and David Tipton, is perfect for fans who have a specific favourite Doctor, but don't want to pick up all twelve issues. While the standalone structure is nice, there is a downside. With the different artist on each issue and the self contained stories, the issues can be a bit of a mixed bag. Some can have a great story with poor art, some can have the opposite. A few of the stand outs so far have been issue two, with beautiful art by Lee Sullivan, and issue six, drawn by the Doctor Who comic legend John Ridgway, who's art looks just as incredible as it did when he was drawing Doctor Who comics in the 80's.

In spite of these flaws, the Tipton brothers capture the voices of every character very well. Though one story may not be as satisfying as another, the voice of each of Doctor and their respective companions are clearly present and recognisable throughout each issue. This is no easy feat considering they only have a handful of pages to establish each character. The story arc connecting each of the issues is a very intriguing mystery: an unknown enemy of the Doctor's is going back through his lifetime and kidnapping his companions. It's a great way to present the importance of the companions and how they are just as responsible for the popularity of the series.

Individually, the ratings for these first six issues are a bit scattered, but averaged together I'd give it a 7/10. I'd say issues 2, 3, and 6 are the best of the series so far, but if you're a long time Who fan and want to see all of the Doctors in new adventures, these comics are worth every penny.  

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