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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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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if you are a fan of Dr. Who and graphic novels (and I can't help but think there's an overlap there) you should encounters. it's somewhat cheap excuse to engage in nostalgia for all the older Drs. and.their companions, cleverly worked into the story line. The primary story is a bit thin, like a few of the episodes, but fun.
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