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.