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Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6

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Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6

Credits

  • Words: Tony Lee
  • Art: Kelly Yates
  • Inks: Rick Ketcham & Tsunami Studios
  • Colors: Kris Carter
  • Story Title: Reunion
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2009

The Doctor must fight for his mind and his life. Can he get by with a little help from his friends?

Tony Lee wraps up his first Doctor Who mini-series and hopefully it won’t be his last. Over the past six issues he has proven that he has a good grasp of the characters as well as a fan’s encyclopedic knowledge of the TV series. While he has bent both in the service of this story that is not to say that one of those talents does not cause a few problems here.

The Doctor’s enemy stands revealed as…. The Valyard? All is not as it seems, however. The Doctor is fighting in a place born of his mind as well as the mind of his true enemy outside. This world may be illusory but the stakes are high for if the Doctor dies here then he dies in real life as well. And if he loses here then his enemy’s mind will inhabit his body and all his remaining regenerations!

Lee has cleverly invented a story that is suitably wildly sci-fi enough to fit in perfectly with the oft-times crazily inventive TV series. In addition, Lee takes full advantage of the fact that this print medium is not hampered by the technological limits of TV special effects or the limits of TV budgets. He has also successfully blended elements of the older series with the new series to create a believable continuum… but it is here that the problem may lie. For fans that are unfamiliar with the old series the "shuffle" of past companions and references to their adventures may seem a bit bewildering. Even worse, it borders on the self-indulgency of fan fiction. Also, Lee’s conclusion pushes suspension of disbelief and skates a bit close to deus ex machina. The series has, for all of its over 45 years of existence, relied on dodgy technobabble to carry it through but Lee’s here is very nearly too dodgy.

While the art for this series was originally going to be provided by Pia Guerra there were some difficulties and the whole story about what happened is on Guerra’s blog and I’ll leave it at that. For this final issue the art was provided by Kelly Yates, who does a serviceable job overall but really falls down on some of the likenesses – particularly on a few of the former Doctors. Some of the backgrounds also seem a bit stagey and simply "off".

The script has a few flaws but overall it pulls off a fun and inventive tale and while I try not to let my own personal feelings color my reviews I would be amiss if I didn’t confess that a few pages had my Doctor Who fangirl side grinning like a loon. If you are a fan of both the classic series as well as the new one there is a lot to enjoy here and, if nothing else, Lee proves that he truly understands what makes the characters and situations of Doctor Who so beloved for generations of fans.

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