Review: Doctor Who Series 3: Volume 1 by Andy Diggle

Doctor WhoSource: IDW/Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: IDW
Series: Doctor Who Series 3 #1
Edition: Egalley, 104 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository *
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

The Doctor is back!

New York Times bestselling writer Andy Diggle joins Eisner Award-winning artist Mark Buckingham as a shadow being emerges from a machine used to view alternate realities, stealing time from those he touches in order to become “real.”

Can the Doctor save the Hypothetical Gentleman’s latest victim?

Also, writer Brandon Seifert and artist Philip Bond collaborate on a story. The Doctor and Rory, on a boy’s night out gone wrong, leave Amy to face the Silence on her own!

*Vworp vworp* This is my first foray into the world of Doctor Who graphic novels and I have to say I’m just okay with it. It’s still fun to read and it’s great seeing the Doctor during the long breaks that Moffat and the BBC force us to endure, but like with episodes this one is only okay.

There are actually different art styles in this and the difference is very noticeable, and while neither really bothered me there was something off about each of them that kept me from enjoying it. Once is more dynamic and serious and the other is very…eleven (for those unfamiliar with the reference, it’s kind of goofy and awkward). Then of course comes the stories themselves, which are fun but a bit forgettable.

Amy and Rory are ever in search of their vacation spot and of course the Doctor doesn’t seem to quite get it right, leading to trouble and fun. We even get to see Lady Christina again, unfortunately it would seem my review copy ended directly in the middle of that story and I didn’t get to read the conclusion. I think my favorite story in this one is the main story, Hypothetical Gentlemen, in which the Doctor take Rory and Amy to see the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and finds some trouble (of course!). The conversations is pretty consistent with the characters we know and love from the show, but there were moments where it seemed a tad off and just didn’t fit.

I think that it’s worth the read if you are dying for more Doctor Who during the off-season or if you simply must own all the Doctor Who stuff you can get, but I didn’t see this one as being something absolutely necessary.

I received this in exchange for an honest review.

3 star

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4 Responses to Review: Doctor Who Series 3: Volume 1 by Andy Diggle

  1. I adore Doctor Who and have been watching it since I was still small enough to sit on my father’s lap and be scared of the creatures the Doctor encountered. We record all episodes and watch reruns and I can honestly say I have seen every episode at least twice..LOL My son loves graphic novels and the Doctor, but I am not sure if those subtle difference would bother him or not. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them

    • That sounds really amazing. I didn’t even know of The Doctor until a few years ago and I really wish I had been able to see more of the older shows. If you are unsure about this one I have another review posting on the 5th, that I enjoyed much more.

  2. Christy @ Love of Books says:

    The Doctor! ❤ I've always been curious about the graphic novels and the other books, but at the same time hesitant. For some reason I don't think it'll FEEL like The Doctor. Idk, it's hard to explain. That sucks that the one story just stopped.

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