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Doctor Who: The Forgotten Paperback – April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600103960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600103964
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very interesting story.
RodeoFan
For who fans, read it, the story is awesome ,Every doctor is revisited., The Tardis gets some love, the tenth doctor is great.
Tony K
The art work is good to.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nick Thornley on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this story. The art can get uneven due to several artists being used, but it still ranges from good to great. The story is very interesting, featuring all 10 versions of the doctor, with small flashback stories for each incarnation. The writing captures the voice of the characters very well, without reading like a transcript of an episode.

It was a great story for someone like me, that only really knows the 9th & 10th doctors, but was interested in seeing more of the earlier versions (without watching boring old episodes on DVD... sorry, "The Five Doctors" put me to sleep!).

My only concern was that to understand every nuance of the story, you have to 1) have seen season 4 of the show, and 2) have a better-than-passing knowledge of pre-2005 Doctor Who stories. I have neither, and still really enjoyed the book; just bringing it up.

The book is worth the discounted Amazon price, that's for sure.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WitchyD on March 13, 2010
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OMG! I bought this book based on the Ben Templesmith cover art alone but I was also pleasantly surprised at quality of the story, which was quite good. I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels overall, finding most of them too goofy and oversimplified, but I've been reading a few of the Doctor Who ones just to see how they handle the writing and art of this long running show. *Note, different artists are used for the illustration, so it's not all Ben Templesmith--unfortunately* Still, The Forgotten graphic novel is done really well and I enjoyed it very much. I would say it's a must for David Tennant fans certainly, as the writers and artists really captured his portrayal of Ten, and most Doctor Who fans will enjoy the multiple doctors storyline. This story is actually one I wish they would film.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DQ on June 26, 2011
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I purchased this series when it originally came out in comic book form, hoping from previews that it would be a delightful graphic novel romp through Doctor Who history. How sad I was to find this was not the case. One caveat to readers of this review, to be fair: I disliked the story so much that I cancelled my comics subscription before the final issue arrived, so I never saw how the story ended.

While the premise is intriguing--the Doctor and Martha find themselves trapped in a "Museum of the Doctor" of sorts, and need to find the solution to their problems sifting through the memories of the Doctor's past lives--it fell apart for me as soon as the trip down memory lane began. Many characters featured from the classic series are hideously out of character. For example, the second Romana throws a temper tantrum at the Doctor, saying she should have returned to Gallifrey, when she neither ever threw temper tantrums nor ever wanted to return to Gallifrey, something blatantly clear if you ever watched a single episode with her in it. If that example doesn't convince, how about Tegan hugging her Doctor and calling him "the greatest"? That's something anyone who's seen a 5th Doctor story knows must be entirely out of place. :)

Furthermore, I recall from previews and ads for the Forgotten that the series was intended to introduced newer fans to classic Doctor Who characters. However, the adventures which take place in the past are barely developed to give a real sense of the previous Doctors and companions. For example, this story might have been the first time some Doctor Who fans see Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter--surely this would be meaningful, yes?--and yet she has a few throwaway lines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Bigdaddy on October 8, 2010
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This graphic novel is a great, short read with different graphic designs throughout the book. I would strongly recommend this to any Doctor Who fanatics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Getzin on February 14, 2013
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Having read the very high reviews for this graphic novel, I waited anxiously for it to arrive, and once it did, I dug in right away.

Unfortunately, I just don't think this is as good as the hype would lead you to believe.

Take for example, the artwork. The cover of this comic is outstanding, and I was expecting similar-quality illustrations throughout. Not so. The inner artwork is much simpler and less "realistic", and I found it less involving.

Next, the storyline. It wasn't so much a storyline, really, as a retrospective. How can we work in every Doctor into this book, every companion? They crammed all that in, but with only so many pages, the result was a series of very small vignettes (about 3-4 pages per each regeneration). The ultimate reveal of the villain at the end, while unexpected, also made no sense to me whatsoever.

That said, the book does have its merits. The dialog for the most part feels very true to the original characters, which is no simple feat. They also managed to touch up a particularly awful bit of scripting in that dreadful Doctor Who: The Movie (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Story 160).

So, it's not all bad. Just lower your expectations. Me, I kind of went into it thinking "Watchmen" only with Doctor Who. Maybe it's just my unrealistically high expectations that got to me. Your mileage may vary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on October 2, 2012
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This was an enjoyable read, but I think that fans who are familiar with ALL of the Doctor's regenerations AND subsequent companions will get a little more enjoyment out of it than those who are only familiar with the last 3 doctors or those who are only passingly familiar with the older series.

I enjoyed all of the little cameo appearances that occur throughout the comic (at least those that I knew, I haven't made it through most of the old series yet). It is written well and manages to keep you guessing who the villain is up until the second to the last issue, and even then it gives you a solid "wait... WHAT?" moment.

The artwork is serviceable, it's not the most beautiful I've seen and it's not the worst I've seen. There were definitely moments where I thought to myself that the Doctor didn't look right or the companion didn't look right, but overall it's well done.

The following paragraph provides some story details, but there are no real spoilers, everything I discuss happens within the first issue.

The premise of the story, "Who is the Doctor without the memories of his past selves?", is definitely interesting and does have some promise but I don't feel it was really explored fully. In fact I never really felt that he was any different than he ever is, there was no real sense of loss when he supposedly forgets his past regenerations, especially since he begins remembering them (via flashbacks) almost immediately.

The setting of the story is very memorable, but again, I wish it was explored more fully. A museum dedicated to the Doctor? All of his exploits on display? How cool would that be?

Overall, the writing is good, the art is serviceable, and the ideas are excellent (amazing even), but the execution is lacking and the overall experience falls a little flat. 3.5 out of 5.
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