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Doctor Who Omnibus Volume 1 Paperback – February 19, 2013


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  • Series: Doctor Who Omnibus (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161377348X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613773482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author on March 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book collects a grand total of 18 Doctor Who comics featuring the tenth doctor: six one shots in between two six issue mini-series, so here's my thoughts on each component on this 400+ page collection.

1) Agent Provacteur: This was the 2008 Doctor Who mini-series and it had lot of good features. The story starts off solidly enough with the Doctor and Martha in search of the best chocolate milkshake ever. However, weirdness is afoot as the populations of entire planets disappear leaving only one survivor. The reasons for this are very confusing and convoluted. The result is a story that. while quirky and fun at times, is also too complex for a six issue comic book. Issue 6 is full of pages with exposition bubbles and very long speech bubbles that's very tedious in a comic. This sounds like it might have been better as a regular if handled right. Still, for some fun interactions between the Doctor and Martha, I'll give this a C.

2) The Whispering Gallery: Another Adventure features the Doctor and Martha visiting a planet where an entire culture is afraid to express their emotions. The Doctor met a girl named Grayla who did. However, when he returns to her planet, he finds that's she died and she finds her last message indicating that she said her culture was right and that there was no place for emotion. The doctor sets out to find out what happened while Martha stays behind in the whispering gallery, a place where pictures containing parts of the consciousness of the dead whisper their regrets. It's a thought provoking story about things that aren't said and regrets that's surprisingly moving for a comic book. The only thing I can ding this one on is art that's kind of iffy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Agee on June 14, 2014
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I enjoyed this omnibus for the most part. Transitioning from such drastic art styles was strange at first because each story has a different look to it, but after a few stories I got into it. The last story in the book is by far my favorite, and one of the longest. I enjoyed a lot of the stories, but there were many times that I was a bit confused and just felt like I was going with the flow because I didn't understand what was happening, and more often than not I could've done without the random stories that felt like they were clearly made up just to fill space. Some of the stories were "brilliant", while others weren't worth the time to read it. Overall it is a very nice collective of Dr.Who stories and is a must have for fans of the show!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanbear16 on March 11, 2013
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If you're a hard core Doctor Who fan then you won't want to pass up this omnibus. Not every story is great, but it's totally worth it just for The Forgotten.
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Multiple comic artists were used for this. While that is not normally an issue in an omnibus (in fact, it's normal in most cases), several of the stories in the omnibus build off of each other. Because of the different art and storytelling styles, it is slightly more difficult to follow the story, and some of it appears to make no sense at all. What one artist focuses on may be something that the next artist never even addresses. It is frustrating.

Some of the characterizations are a little off, too. In one comic, Martha came off as a very different character than how she is played in the Television show.

Still, it is a fun read for any 'Whovian'.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William on March 6, 2013
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This is billed on the back cover as containing “three tales” of the Tenth Doctor, but actually it contains two longer story arcs and a number of stand-alone stories that were originally published as one-shots. As is often the case with such compilations, this suffers quite a bit from having so many different writers and artists involved in the various stories that comprise this book. The Doctor looks quite different in the various stories, which is a distraction, and the art styles employed also differ so greatly in treatment (and competence) that it is difficult to fully enjoy the book as a unified whole.

The first story arc was a convoluted mess, but that’s not something I specifically hold against a Doctor Who story. It’s a fairly quick read after all and in the end I didn’t begrudge the time I invested in reading it—I just couldn’t shake the feeling that it could have been executed in a much more enjoyable fashion. The second story arc, which closes the book, partially redeemed it containing a story of each of the previous nine Doctors, which was a fun concept, fairly well executed. But again, the main plot that framed these stories together was a bit of a mess and I believe I would have enjoyed this much more if it had done away with the main story altogether and just included the individual stories of the previous Doctors with the extra pages used to flesh out each story a little (as most seemed very condensed).

If you are a huge Doctor Who fan—especially of the Tenth Doctor—then I certainly would not warn you away from this. It was an enjoyable read, but simply mildly enjoyable when it had the potential to be so much more. If you are not an especially large Doctor Who fan or prefer your Doctor Who reading in the form of novels over comics then this very well may not be your cup of tea. It really seems more supplemental reading once you’ve settled into Doctor Who than something that should be at the top of anyone’s reading list.
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