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From the Comic Hold – Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1

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A one year celebration of the longest-running science fiction show in the world has to start somewhere!

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12)
Writer: David Tipton
Artist: Simon Fraser
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 30th, 2013

Reviewer was provided a review copy by IDW Publishing.

Issue 1 of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time focuses on the first incarnation of the Doctor, portrayed back in the early to mid 1960s by William Hartnell. The first two iterations of the Doctor, to me, are the most interesting, as a good percentage of their episodes are completely lost to the world. BBC had a habit in the early days of the show of erasing tapes to make room for newer programs, so seeing this side of the Doctor is particularly welcome. Since the comic book series is 12 issues long, I’m assuming that each issue will focus on a different regeneration (with the last issue being a eleven doctor situation, or a twelfth doctor situation if Matt Smith hands over the reigns in the next year).

Storywise, Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1 feels just like an episode of the series, with classic over-the-top antagonists and the Doctor’s signature charm. Artwise…well…let’s just say it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Scenes were often very crowded, leaving the artwork feeling unfinished, lacking in detail, and overall unpleasing to the eye. Perhaps it was the artist trying to replicate the feel of comics back in the 1960’s, but it did not leave a good first impression on the series.

Despite my better judgement, I will be giving Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time a second chance, as the miniseries shows a lot of potential.

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