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Review: Doctor Who: The Forgotten

Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee (Author), Pia Guerra (Author), Kelly Yates (Contributor), Stefano Martino (Contributor), Nick Roche (Contributor)


Stranded in a strange Museum that’s dedicated to him, and with no TARDIS in sight, The Doctor and Martha must make sense of their surroundings, hindered by one small fact – The Doctor has lost his memories of every one of his previous incarnations! With items relevant to each Doctor in their possession, The Doctor must try to use them to regain his memories before it’s too late, starting with his earliest incarnation’s memories, involving Susan, Barbara, and Ian… but quickly moving on to Zoe and Jamie, and more! This all-new series written by Tony Lee (Starship Troopers) features artist Pia Guerra in her first monthly comic since Y The Last Man.

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Publication Info:

  • Hardcover: 160 pages (ebook 76 pages)
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613775598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613775592

Doctor Who: The ForgottenDoctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a Dr Who fanatic, a true whovian. I started watching Dr Who as a kid when To Baker was the Dr. I have gotten my sons addicted to Who by watching the entire seasons 1-6 of the new Who on Netflix. This graphic novel wa a treat to read. I won’t spoil anything in this review.

The story stars with Dr Who (of the David Tennant era) and Martha in a museum. Martha was not my favorite companion by any means but it was fun seeing here again. As they start exploring the museum, it turns out that everything in the museum has some relationship to the Dr. The more they explore, the more the Dr loses his memory. To get his memory back, Martha suggests that he remember his past lives.

Honestly, the story itself is kind of lame. Actually, it’s much like the lamer Dr Who episodes that seem to happen infrequently on the series. Nothing really memorable here.

What makes the read a good one is that when the Dr remembers each past life, the story switches to a vignette of that Dr’s life. A flashback to the previous doctor and a bit of a story, usually 3 or 4 pages worth. It was so much fun re-meeting the older doctors and their companions. I never really new the 8th doctor and he has his part here.

The flashback scenes mostly have to do with an object that doctor was fond of: bessie, jelly babies, a walking cane, etc.

If you are not a whovian, don’t bother with this. There are much better things to read and I’d suggest starting with the new series anyway. If you are a whovian, you should not miss out on this. It’s a collection of doctors, an anthology of companions.

It’s a fairly quick read at 76 pages. The graphics are pretty good but don’t expand well on a large monitor. The text is readable up to very high resolutions but the graphics are better seen at a resolution to low to read the text.

It’s worth the price. I recommend it to the right crowd.

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