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Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #11 Moving Toward the Finish Line

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time 11 AThe Prisoners of Time has proved a strong episode of Doctor Who, and this eleventh outing is no exception. Where previous issues have featured the Doctor and his companions solving a problem only to encounter the mysterious kidnapper at the very end, this one begins with Adam taking Amy and the Eleventh Doctor moving in pursuit.

This is the most suspenseful of the issues so far; the Doctor knows now who he is tracking and why. As he hunts, the Doctor realizes that Adam has taken to time travel very well. He may, as the Doctor later claims, be damaging the universe through his machinations, but he does get where he wants when he wants and is able to hide his tracks until he’s ready for the Doctor’s arrival. This harks back to the intelligent and reckless experimenter first seen in Dalek, the one who had no trouble working for an amoral collector just so long as he got to play with the toys.

There is something of a letdown near the end: Adam is a fantastic choice for a villain, and he does have some cause to be angry at the Doctor, so it’s a bit disappointing that when they finally meet, he rants pretty much like any other villain, complete with a desire to psychoanalyze the Doctor. On the other hand, that is one nasty choice he gives the Doctor there. I don’t think anyone else has come up with anything quite as diabolical.

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time 11 BEveryone’s face looks a bit wrinkly this outing. The Doctor appears to have added at least another twenty years to his apparent age, even allowing for wrinkles of concern, which are visible even on distant views. He’s still recognizable, though, and Smith’s portrayal of one other important character who appears later in the issue is spot on. It’s also good to get a montage of all the places the Doctor has visited this arc; one advantage the comic book medium has over television is the ability to visit multiple alien planets without worrying about the budge, and both Tiptons and the different artists have taken full advantage of this chance.

Overall, Prisoner of Time has been an enjoyable episode of Doctor Who, up there with the better television episodes, and I shall be sorry to see it end next month.

Who’s Who
Writer: Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colors: Charlie Kirchoff
Letters: Tom B. Long
Publisher: IDW
Price: $3.99
Release Date: Wed, November 13th, 2013

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