- 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 (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctor Who: The Forgotten Paperback – April 21, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the idea of short stories from each of the previous doctors, but not a great storyPublished 12 months ago by Evan Leybourn - Author of Directing the Agile Organisation
First graphic novel and I loved it. Of course it did not hurt it was Doctor Who! Good buy for sure.Published on July 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The interludes were great. They did a good job of capturing the older incarnations of the Doctor and his companions and gave us stories that never were but could have been. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Fenrix
I loved this book so much, although the color of the Doctor s shoes kept changing. But this is one of the best Doctor Who stories I have ever read.Published on March 8, 2014 by Rande Goodwin
It's such a good book it has everyone in it except Mat Smith if he was in there it would be... Fantastic!!! A-Lonzy!!! Time wimmy!!!Published on February 8, 2014 by well I love milk shakes and this is the same thing
Well, 1 to 10 anyway! I really liked this book and I bought one for my friend too. I would have got the hardback but I like the cover on the paperback better. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Kenzie Barnett
The comic is an amazing adventure for longtime fans of the show. I've only read the book once, but I know that I'll be going back over it a few times just to further examine the... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Rocky Sunico
I've always wanted a story about all of the Doctor's incarnations. I just wish that the 11th doctor was there. But the story was before that.Published on November 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer