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Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 1 the Hypothetical Gentleman (Doctor Who (IDW Numbered)) Paperback – 19 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors (19 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613775792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613775790
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brandon Seifert is a comics writer born in Fairbanks, Alaska and currently based in Portland, Oregon. WITCH DOCTOR, his writing debut co-created with artist Lukas Ketner, was turning heads as a self-published comic even before becoming a sales success for Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment imprint of Image Comics. Seifert also co-created SPIRIT OF THE LAW (MonkeyBrain Comics) and has written DOCTOR WHO (IDW Publishing), HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW, and HELLRAISER: THE DARK WATCH (co-written with Clive Barker).


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
This collection of just two stories was first published in 2013. The stories feature the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, travelling with Amy and Rory.

The Hypothetical Gentleman: This story is just under 50 pages, so is quite long. It is very well paced, and the artwork is terrific. The story has the Doctor, with Amy and Rory travelling to visit the Great Exhibition in 1851. After a few false starts, they get there, but the Doctor finds some exhibits that are not really quite right. Perhaps Charles and Emily Farfax can help?

The Doctor and the Nurse: Amy is fed up with the Doctor and Rory always squabbling, so sends them off to have some `bonding' time. This is a great story; there is an undercurrent of a seriously dangerous story underneath, but there is a large element of comic in this one. The Doctor and Rory's relationship is put under the microscope and they both react very differently, and it's rather amusing to the reader to view. Again, the artwork is fantastic - very different visually from the first story, but really appropriate. This is another long story, at around 40 pages.

This is a great Eleventh Doctor graphic novel - two really good stories, well planned and executed both in narrative and art. Terrific.
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I purchased this volume as I wanted to try even more of Andy Diggle's excellent writing. His story was fantastic, and Buckingham's art was the icing on the cake for me.
Seifert is new to me, but I'll keep an eye out for him again, his was also a great read. I've been a Phil Bond for years, so couldn't be more pleased. A really well presented volume with a nice gallery to round things off.
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Doctor Who: The Hypothetical Gentleman 2 Jun. 2013
By C. Dennis Moore - Published on
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When my daughter and I got hooked on the Doctor last winter, we had years of TV episodes to catch up on. We're still not quite there, but caught up enough that the space between episodes feels really long. So when I discovered IDW publishes a monthly DOCTOR WHO comic, I grabbed the first issue for her without hesitation. That was issue #5. We had missed the first 4 issues.

Luckily, not long after I started collecting the comics for her--it really was for her, I only just recently, 5 months later, read them myself--I found the collected edition of those missing first 4 issues, DOCTOR WHO: The Hypothetical Gentleman.

This was a really good collection, a very Doctor Whovian story, with some really impressive art.

The story takes place in London 1851, with Emily and Charles. Emily works as a medium, only she doesn't really commune with spirits. Instead, she is able to read a person's past and future and use that information to tell them what they want to hear. Then one day she's stricken by a presence she thinks is an angel and, using angelic knowledge, drafts plans for a machine that Charles is then able to build. Finding themselves out of money and in danger of winding up on the streets, they sell the machine to a museum, which is where the Doctor and the Ponds come in.

The Doctor decides to take Amy and Rory on a trip to see The Great Exhibit at The Crystal Palace. There they discover this mysterious machine is affecting those who come in contact with it, freezing them in time. The Doctor sets out to solve the mystery and discovers it wasn't an angel giving this information to Emily but an other-dimensional being who is stealing time from people in this dimension in order to cross over. And since the Tardis is one big time-battery, the "hypothetical gentleman" sets his sights on her.

This was a very good story and typical Doctor Who, however my one and only problem was it was too short. Originally spanning 4 monthly issues is fine, but when read all at once, it takes less time to get through this story than a typical episode of the TV series, and this compression of story-time shows. It felt at times as if we were skipping over things like character development, plot points and logical revelations in order to make sure we'd reached a satisfactory conclusion by the end of the allotted pages. I know the Doctor is one for making leaps in his thinking to get from point A to point D sometimes, but this was stretching things a bit thin for me.

Still, the characterization was on-point for the Doctor and the Ponds, even down to Amy's frantic scream in the middle of an action sequence. The Doctor's dialogue didn't come across as too flippant or jokey, just the right amount of eleventh Doctor in there. Andy Diggle can definitely write a good Doctor Who story.

Mark Buckingham provided the art and while I wasn't sold on the first couple of pages as it felt a little rustic and crude, once the story started moving, Buckingham began to shine. The bottom left panel on page 23 is spot-on Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor.

The collection is backed with another story, "The Doctor and the Nurse" by Brandon Seifert with art by Philip Bond and Ilias Kyriazis, originally published in DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL 2012. In this one, Amy decides the Doctor and Rory haven't had enough bonding time and they need a boys' night out, so they go to London 1814. She orders them to have a few drinks and get to know each other better while she's out seeing the sights. The Doctor and Rory, not keen on the idea of having to sit and bond for several hours, decide to jump ahead in time a few hours and meet up with Amy again and bypass the entire bonding thing.

But, as usual, things go awry and they wind up in 1940 instead, saving Ian Fleming (who goes on to base James Bond on Rory Williams) during the Blitz before trying again to get back to 1841 and Amy. Meanwhile, Amy spots a very curious sight: a old man wearing an eye drive heading into a brewery moments before the brewery explodes, causing he great beer flood of 1841. The Doctor and Rory are further delayed when the Tardis basically runs out of gas, but eventually everyone reunites just in time.

This was another good Doctor story, but I don't think Seifert has quite the grasp of Eleventh Doctor characterization that Diggle does. The art was also lacking in comparison to Buckingham's portrayals in the first story. That's not to say it was bad art, it just didn't capture the characters quite like the other story. In fact, it looked more like an issue of a DOCTOR WHO: THE ANIMATED SERIES comic, if such a thing existed.

All in all, this was a good trade paperback collection and I definitely think it was worth the money. Then again, I could have thought it sucked and as long as my daughter liked it, it was worth the money. However, I did enjoy it and it only made me more eager to read the rest of the monthly issues she had collected. While it's only a temporary substitute for the Doctor Who TV series, IDW always turns out quality work--what I've read of their output, that is--and the Doctor Who comics are no exception. "The Hypothetical Gentleman" is top quality work and is sure to please any Whovian.
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Insert Tardis noise here. 18 Mar. 2013
By DelusionalAngel - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ooh, Doctor Who in comic book format! I had to check this one out. I don't really keep up with comics, though I love them.

The story definitely fits in the Whovian universe. If someone who did not know Doctor Who picked up this book and read, or even skimmed it, they'd definitely get a fair representation of what the doctor and his companions are all about. There's plenty of time travel for a book of its size. An anniversary vacation gone awry. Shrunken cities. Animals. Beer. Cybermen. Amy's boys avoiding a forced boys night out. A fuel shortage. In other words a typical day in the life of the doctor.

Amy and Rory really just wanted a normal'ish vacation. What they got was a wrong turn in space and time. A couple who appear to be run of the mill charlatans scamming people into believing they're contacting the dead when really something far more sinister is happening. By the time our trio get out of there you actually find yourself hoping, for their sake, that Amy and Rory really will get a nice vacation but this is the tardis crew, always running from one misadventure to another. 1800s London is next, the site of the great beer flood - the perfect place for the boys to bond over a drink, so says Amy. This leaves us with room for two adventures as the crew is split up as Amy is not going to aid in the male bonding.

The multiple styles of art from story to story can be a bit jarring. The dialog, while fairly consistent with the show, can occasionally feel just a little off. Overall though, a solid Doctor Who story, especially good as filler during the long breaks in the television series.

* Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost in order to review it. I offer no guarantees of a positive review, though I only request books that I think I'll like so as not to waste my time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, but not essential 23 Sept. 2013
By Liviania - Published on
Format: Paperback
THE HYPOTHETICAL GENTLEMAN contains two stories. The first is the eponymous "The Hypothetical Gentleman," wherein the TARDIS takes the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to Victorian times. The story involves con artists, a machine to the other side, and a few strange turns. It's fairly similar to an episode of the series. I wasn't a huge fan of Mark Buckingham's art. He's a fine comics illustrator, but he just seemed to be trying to hard to match the appearance of the actors. He did fine with the Doctor and Amy, but his Amy was never quite right. And all the close-ups of the Doctor felt similar, instead of offering distinct emotion.

"The Nurse and the Doctor" involves a forced guys' night out, which turns into quite the adventure through time. Meanwhile, Amy gets stuck in the Great Beer Flood. I liked that Philip Bond went with a more cartoon-inspired style, like something from Young Justice. It wasn't my favorite look, but I wasn't distracted by it. This is a fairly lightweight story, a little mini-adventure that would never make it to the screen. It was fun to visit the characters again, but nothing overly exciting.

All in all, this graphic novel will entertain fans between seasons, but certainly doesn't stand on its own. Even for fans, it isn't essential reading. I recommend just checking it out from the library if you're interested in it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pleasing!!! 16 April 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is GREAT!!! IT has comedy, great art, and a wonderful story line. I would recommend this book to Doctor Who lovers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Yet another poor start 22 May 2014
By Michael H - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A new series, A fresh start. I expected a lot better than the garbage in series 2 but sadly it's not an improvement. While the story is so-so (about what you expect from a DW graphic novel), The art is still flat out freaking awful and the quality goes all over place through out the volume. That's what ruined it for it.
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