Review: Doctor Who – The Forgotten by Tony Lee

The ForgottenSource: Netgalley/IDW – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: IDW
Edition: Egalley, 160 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

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.

With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who slowly getting closer (but not by much, it’s only April after all) what better way to get ready than with a graphic novel that shows all the Doctors in their glory? The Forgotten is exactly that and I think any Whovian would really enjoy this one.

The Doctor (Ten) and Martha have found themselves in a rather strange museum where all the displays are dedicated to the Doctor’s long life. All starts out rather normally but he starts to loose his memories and all of the things he pointed out to Martha now mean nothing to him, and to make matters worse someone is trying to harm him. So one by one he must recover the memories of his past incarnations.

As most of the new Whovian haven’t had many chances to watch the older incarnations it’s a nice little intro to their personalities and what the Doctor was going through at the time. There is a flashback devoted to each Doctor, 1 through 9, and you even get to see his companions in action too. Though maybe not in a way you expect. I thought it was really amazing to see Ten deal with all the memories that he normally doesn’t talk about, and how seeing his old companions really affects him. I couldn’t help but feel for him, there is so much heartache that he has to go through very quickly as he remembers those he left, those who left him, and those who died. We even get a nice little treat towards the end that has me really looking forward to see what they do with the 50th anniversary special.

By now most know that I’m not fond of artist shifts so it should be no surprise when I say I wasn’t fond of it here. All of the art is solid but it’s different styles and I like consistency in a single story. However it doesn’t detract from the story and I would still say that this is a must for all die hard Whovians (if you like graphic novels). It’s a fun read and you get to find out some rather interesting tidbits.

4 stars

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4 Responses to Review: Doctor Who – The Forgotten by Tony Lee

  1. I’ve never watched, but I am glad yo u enjoyed this one.

  2. I like the flashback aspect with the doctors. The hubs and I have watched them all I love watching how much the set has changes and the monsters. My kids however only know Doctors 8 through 11. Wonderful review, this would make a great gift for Whovian fans

  3. Monika says:

    I am huge Doctor Who fan but, I haven’t delved into any of the books yet. It would be cool to read a glimpse of each of the previous Doctors, though!

  4. gorelenore says:

    I have only watched a few episodes of Dr. Who and loved them, I wanted to read this but didn’t want to get too far ahead in the plot lines…it seems like a great read though.

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