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Doctor Who Classics Omnibus [Paperback]

Dave Gibbons , John Ridgway , Paul Neary , Pat Mills , John Wagner , Grant Morrison , Steve Moore , Steve Parkhouse
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29 April 2010 Doctor Who Classics Omnibus
Featuring work from some of the most pominent names in comics including Dave Gibbons amd Grant Morrison, follow along as the Doctor plays out his classic tales, all featuring state-of-the-art coloring by Charlie Kirchoff. Stories collected include "City of the Damned," "Dreamers of Death," "Iron Legion," "Spider-god," "Changes," and more!

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106224
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G-Man
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I read these as a child in the original Doctor Who comic, but sadly many of my old comics were given away to charity by my mum! Thankfully, I'm able to revisit my youth through these reprints.

Positives:
- Stories by Alan and Steve Moore (no relation) and art by Dave Gibbons amongst others. If you like British comic book artists and authors, you'll love this.
- It's in colour, and the originals were not.

Negatives:
- The original comics were *much* larger than these omnibuses, so the artwork has been shrunk to fit. It's been done well - you're not missing the edges, and there's no distortion or loss of detail - but you just know it would have looked better in its original dimensions.
- It's in colour, and the original were not.*

* I know that's in twice, but while I think the colourisation has been really well done, I did like the original black and white work...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the past 26 May 2010
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
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It'd be great if IDW would invest its time solely in reprints of classic Doctor Who material rather than releasing new stories. Those new stories don't seem to be able to match the appeal of the content of DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS OMNIBUS Volume 1. The stories within are direct and tight, the characters are handled well, and the art actually has some depth. This is in almost complete opposition to the new material.

This omnibus collects the first three of IDW's Doctor Who Classics trades, which reprinted work from the Doctor Who Magazines of the '70s and '80s. The trades reprint the stories at a standard comic size, but for the cost, the smaller compact omnibus format is the best bet. Featured within is work from a who's who of British comics: Pat Mills, John Wagner, Paul Neary, Dave Gibbons, Steve Moore, Grant Morrison, Steve Parkhouse, Bryan Hitch, and John Ridgway. They lend their considerable talents to episodic tales that primarily feature the fourth Doctor, but you'll also see the first, sixth, and seventh incarnations, as well as companions Sharon and Peri, K-9, the Sontarans, the Cybermen, Beep the Meep, and Frobisher. The stories are light-hearted, but the humor is never overdone.

The page reproduction is impeccable, and the color is superbly remastered by Charlie Kirchoff. Gibbons' work, in particular, looks fresh and vibrant, and as he illustrates the majority of the stories, this book is a real treasure. I have to hand it to IDW - they've given these classic stories the treatment they deserve. Now if only we could see this quality of work on their new Doctor Who releases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artwork = Great; Stories = O.K. 20 Sep 2010
By Little Roy Blue - Published on Amazon.com
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The Doctor Who Classics Omnibus is a great bargain -- for relatively little money, you get a huge collection of the Doctor's bizarre and colorful adventures. The presentation is excellent, too, with nice glossy paper and attractive (if sometimes a little muted) coloring.

As for the content itself ... well, I'd call it a "mixed bag." In comic book form, Doctor Who tends to vault over the budgetary restrictions of the TV show that inspired it; there's a heavy emphasis on weird alien creatures, exotic environments, massive battles, expoding spaceships etc. On the whole, these changes to the Doctor Who format leave me cold; I prefer the more realistic locations and less action-oriented stories of the television show. These comics also suffer a bit from stilted dialog (Robert Holmes wrote more naturally than this), grotesque characters (who's that weirdo with the Space Hog ship in the Dalek story?), and violence that is sometimes effective but sometimes just tacky.

Nevertheless, some of the stories are pretty good. "The Time Witch" has always entertained me a lot, and reminds me of high-fantasy Doctor Who episodes like "The Celestial Toymaker" and "The Mind Robber." The Beep the Meep story is memorable, too, and has become a fan favorite. The artwork, meanwhile, is top flight; the work of Dave Gibbons, in particular, is full of marvelous detail and simply buries the cartoonish art I see in most contemporary comics.

So I can recommend this, but with a few reservations. These stories are great to look at, and pretty cool, but to me they're not quite "real" Doctor Who -- the wit and humanity of the show is somehow lacking.
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for fans of classic Who! 3 May 2014
By The Gill-Man - Published on Amazon.com
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I had many of the American reprints of these as a kid, and LOVED them. The stories are true to the source material, really capturing the voices of the various Doctors (most especially the Tom Baker era). This collection rounds up many of the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Doctor's comic adventures from Marvel UK (originally presented in black and white in the Doctor Who magazine, then later reprinted in color by Marvel in the States). The only complaint is that there are a few of the Sixth and Seventh Doctor's adventures sandwiched in the middle of the Fourth Doctor stories, making for a disjointed flow to the collection (I'm sure this had something to do with space, because these wouldn't fit in the second volume, but still. It just seems out-of-place). Still, that's a small nit to pick. The stories and art are fantastic (check out the beautiful pencils of a pre-Watchmen Dave Gibbons, as well as early Grant Morrison writing!)! Highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy 10 Dec 2013
By Maggie13 - Published on Amazon.com
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The delivery was super fast and the product was in great condition!!! I am happy and my sister's boyfriend will love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Comic Doctor 16 April 2011
By Chris Coyne - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is ok. I like reading Doctor Who In fiction form beter them reading it in a comic. Some of the storylines in this book are good, But most of the other stories are realy stupid. It realy was great to see more realistic monters, then you could see in the original show. Mybe its beter to use your imagination in some things. When I read a Doctor Who fiction book, I like to Imagaine what the monsters could look like. But a comic monster sometimes is not that good. I read most of these comics when they origimly came out and I remember being very exited about them, But Now I don't know if they're that great.
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