Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1

Writer: Scott Tipton, David Tipton Artist: Simon Fraser Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 3
7.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

November 23, 1963: A day that changed the world forever. That day saw the broadcast debut of Doctor Who, which was to become the longest-running science-fiction series on television. And now 50 years later, we pay tribute to one of the greatest pop-culture heroes of all time with this special series, which tells an epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the intrepid traveler through time and space known simply as... the Doctor.

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 4, 2013

    A fantastic first issue featuring Gallifrey's first champion of Earth. All that's missingis opening and closing music. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - thorverine Jan 30, 2013

    The Tiptons knock the first entry into the Doctor Who celebration out of the park. This is one that is accessible to newer Who fans while offering up a lot that will please and excite fans of the classics. When dealing with the classic Doctor Who series there's a lot to live up to. I went in with my magnifying glass and fine tooth comb looking for things to point out, but the Tiptons pleased even this Doctor Who fan 4.5/5 Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Jan 31, 2013

    Simon Fraser's not the strongest at capturing likenesses of the actors due to faces that seem soft and blurred, but the pacing and panel constructions really drive the action. This has the potential to be a highlight of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Ethan Lewis Feb 3, 2013

    This was a fun and beautiful comic. Doctor Who fans will enjoy this series. They've done an amazing job of portraying William Hartnell's Doctor. All of my Whovian feels have been ignited. This was a wonderful introduction to the series. I'm excited for the next issue dedicated to the Second Doctor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Jan 31, 2013

    This is the first issue of the 12 issue 50th Anniversary special series. Each Doctor will get their own story that adds to the greater arc. I feel like this series could really turn out to be something special. I personally plan on picking up every issue of it and i recommend the book to any true Doctor Who fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Jan 28, 2013

    I was a little surprised to see that the preview for the next issue features the second doctor on the cover, the way the story ends this issue left me thinking that it would pick up directly from this one. As it looks like that will not be the case it will be interesting to see what they have planned and I am hopeful that the payoff at the end of the series lives up to the build up. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jan 30, 2013

    Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1 might not be the most thrilling joyride in the annals of Whovian history, but it does establish an intriguing mystery that will wind its way through all twelve issues, the last of which will see the various incarnations of the Doctor unite as they never have before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 4, 2013

    Frustration builds because of the art. Simon Fraser’s work looks rushed, as if he was handed the project a few hours before deadline. The faces have little expression to them, often the bodies look bulbous, and there is no real detail or clever panel layout at all. Why would a story so clever, one that is celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who, be passed on to an artist who looks as though he doesn’t care about the material? It’s maddening to enjoy a story so much, but with each page epic failure comes with great success. I hope Simon Fraser is not the chosen artist for all the issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Feb 2, 2013

    All in all, I am hoping that this series picks up a little more. I know that there will be a new artist per issue, with the hope that different artists will portray the respective Doctors in different ways. I'm really hoping this is true, as this is a huge deal for many folks – very few entertainment franchises hit a 50 year milestone – but I was not suitably impressed with this issue. This series really needs to pick up, to stand for the epicness of what the franchise is about, otherwise I don't think this would be a suitable tribute to one of my favorite series of all time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 30, 2013

    Not an amazing start to this series, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. I think future issues will be a lot better, as it gets more into the over-arcing story, but there's enough here to keep the reader interested and on board for next month.The writers have Hartnell's voice down here, and they even got a "HMMM" in. We get a fun little Doctor Who story that really fits in the Hartnell era that is pretty cut and dry.On the down side, I felt like the over-arcing story should have been played up a bit more because this feels way too much like a one-shot IDW story and not enough like a mini-series. And although it's a new series, I felt like I dived right into issue 4 and not issue 1. Lastly, I wasn't too keen on the art here.Overall, I give this issue a mild recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Jan 30, 2013

    In short, this is a decent issue with a lot of potential. Whether you want an interesting story arc, featuring all 11 Doctors, or you want some nostalgia, this issue does its best to give you both, and certainly shows a lot of promise for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    Is  Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1, a bad comic? Not at all, I would say if youre a diehard fan of the Doctor, then give this a read. The fans of classic Who are going to enjoy this more than the newer fans of the show. What bothers me is the fact that it does require some knowledge going in, and an event like this should be accessible to anyone that wants to read the story. Ill be keeping tabs to see where the Tiptons take Prisoners of Time. I am curious as to who this villain is and just what his plans are for the Doctors and everyone else in his life. This definitely could have been better, but for the most part it was a decent start to this event, I just hope the rest of the issues are stronger than this one. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 1, 2013

    It's a little ironic that there's an essay by John Ainsworth in the back of the comic talking about how the original "Doctor Who" comics published back in the day had no connection at all to the show that was being aired on the television, because that's equally true here. It's bad enough there's an extremely generic Doctor being written here, but considering that the big focus on "Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time" is supposed to be the companions, their lack of characterization or even focus is a bit odd. This should have been a fun way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show, but right now it's off to a leaden start. Great cover by Francesco Francavilla, though. It's almost (but not quite) worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

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