Doctor Who: The Forgotten, by Tony Lee

Doctor Who: The ForgottenSo I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before (oh, right, briefly), but I like me some Doctor Who. I’m not as obsessive about it as some I know, but I’m always game to watch the new episodes or some of the older episodes that I hear are more modern in style, and I might possibly own a TARDIS coffee mug even though I don’t drink coffee. So when I found a couple of Doctor Who comic collections (this one and one other to be read later) on the shelf waiting to be cataloged, I figured I’d give them a go.

Well, actually, I almost didn’t give this one a go because I opened it up and saw Martha, my least favorite companion, and she wasn’t even written like the Martha of the television show and I was like, great, a lame companion and a lame writer? So I gave up after five pages. But then my husband, who shares my appreciation of the show, read it and told me that the writing was not, in fact, lame and that Martha was not really a major part of the story, and I was like, okay, let’s do this.

The story opens with Martha and The Doctor hanging out in a The Doctor Museum that is at first cool, and then kind of creepy when they note that no one else is around. The focus of the museum is a room containing the costumes and notable objects of the first nine Doctors, and when the Doctor suddenly loses his memory due to villainous interference, he uses the objects to remember stories of his past lives and thus remember himself or such-like. There are lots of adventures with lots of different companions, some happiness and some sadness, and of course lots of Doctors saving the day.

It’s not the greatest frame story, and the little mini-stories with the different Doctors are pretty quick and sometimes a little confusing without the context of a specific Doctor’s general escapades. However, being a primarily new-series Doctor Who watcher I appreciated the chance to find out more about all those Doctors I’ve missed and hang out again with those I haven’t seen in a while. I also really appreciated the writer’s notes at the end detailing how the project came about and how it had to change quite a bit between conception and execution, like a little commentary track for the book (how I love those!).

Recommendation: If you like Doctor Who and you want a chance to visit or revisit some past Doctors, you’ll have a fine time with this book, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out again.

Rating: 7/10

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