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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors (19 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600109748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600109744
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, Tony has spent over twenty years as a writer, mainly as a journalist for magazine and newspaper media. he has also written for TV and radio.

As a comic writer since 2004 he has written for Marvel Comics (including X-Men, Spider Man and Amazing Fantasy), Titan Publishing ( Wallace & Gromit, DreamWorks Tales), Panini Comics ( Doctor Who), Rebellion Publishing (2000ad, Judge Dredd: the Megazine) and AAM/Markosia (Starship Troopers, Hope Falls, Midnight Kiss, From The Pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula: Harker) among others.

He has been the 'showrunner' of IDW Publishing's Doctor Who license, writing the critically and commercially acclaimed mini series Doctor Who: The Forgotten and all issues of the subsequent ongoing IDW Doctor Who series. His Eleventh Doctor series began in January 2011.

His creator owned book for Walker / Candlewick Books, Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood has also been a critical and commercial success, and has been a Junior Library Guild Fall 2009 selection, an American Library Association and New York Public Library 'best of 2010' for teens and a Children's Choice Awards 2010 finalist. The second in the series, Excalibur: The Legend Of King Arthur has been also nominated and praised by the American Library Association in their 2012 list.

His creator owned book for AAM/Markosia, From The Pages of Bram Stoker's Dracula: Harker was the first graphic novel sequel ever to gain an endorsement from a member of the Stoker family.

He has adapted Shadowmancer (G.P Taylor) as a 10 issue series of 22 page comics for AAM/Markosia, as well as the sequential art sections of books one to three of G.P. Taylor's The Doppleganger Chronicles. For Walker Books he has adapted the Raven's Gate series by Anthony Horowitz, the first due out in late 2010 with the second, Evil Star out in 2012.

Also released in late 2010 he adapted four of Anthony Horowitz's 'Horowitz Horror' tales - The Phone Goes Dead, Scared, The Hitchhiker and Killer Camera into graphic novellas for Franklin Watt / Hachette Childrens Books. In May / June 2011 he released four new 'Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars' books through them, alongside illustrator Dan Boultwood. Set in Sherlock Holmes canon and edited by consulting editor Leslie S. Klinger, these have already received critical acclaim.

In May 2010 his biggest adaptation yet, the adaptation of the New York Times best-seller Pride & Prejudice & Zombies was released by Del Rey books / Titan Books as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: the Graphic Novel. This too became a New York Times best-seller, hitting #1 in the Graphic Novels section.

In 2009 Tony was invited to India as an ambassador on behalf of the British Council and toured three cities giving talks and workshops to schools and universities on writing and comics.

Outside of the printed media, he has created two serials for MTV Comics, and both a Doctor Who audio drama involving the Fifth Doctor and two Bernice Summerfield audios for Big Finish Productions.

On the 19th September 2011 he released his first novel, 'Dodge & Twist' onto the Amazon Kindle.

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Doctor Who II: Ripper Volume 1 "The Eleventh Doctor era begins here! Join the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor and his latest companions, Amy Pond and her husband Rory Williams, as they travel to the far reaches of space--a planet populated by holograms--and the distant past--where they become embroiled in the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian London."--P. [4] of cover. Full description

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryan VINE VOICE on 30 Aug 2011
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I admit to not being a huge fan of Matt Smith as the Doctor but have been very impressed by the IDW range of Doctor Who graphic novels. For this reason alone I chose to purchase 'The Ripper' which collects the first four IDW Doctor Who Series 2 comics which were produced for the American market.
I was amazed at how well Tony Lee caught the characters of the Doctor, Amy and Rory in his scripting. The dialogue between the characters was as perfectly captured as if I was actually watching a tv episode of Doctor Who but even better was the amazing artwork which captured 100% the expressions on the characters' faces as well as the camp mannerisms of Matt Smith himself.
As for the story, I have read many comic books which touch on the subject of Jack the Ripper but Tony Lee definitely did his homework and, I wouldn't be surprised to learn he was a Ripperologist! The characters of Liz Stride, Sir Charles Warren, Inspector Abberline and the location of Whitechapel, Mitre Square, a certain London Police Box were totally correct - well, maybe the Police Box was a bit premature but it is a TARDIS!
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It's full of facts, fun and frolicks in typical Doctor Who manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Dec 2013
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The stories in issues #1-4 of series two of IDW's Dr Who comic are collected as The Ripper: 1 (Doctor Who II). These are entertaining Doctor Who adventures - the writer has captured the current Doctor's and his companions' speech patterns to a `T', and the artwork captures the their likenesses excellently in close up, though in the middle-distance they tend to go `off' a bit. If you are a fan of the Doctor's adventures, then you will enjoy these.


The first issue is a stand alone story set in the TARDIS and on the holographic planet Phayke, which is inhabited solely by holograms - think of a planet-sized Star Trek Holodeck. The TARDIS has been infested by spam emails, thank to Rory and Amy using the TARDIS's time/space phone to check their emails... And planet Phayke has been infested with the interstellar pirates the Scroungers, who will destroy the planet in one hour if their demands are not met. Since the TARDIS requires three hours to finish rebooting, there is a tiny problem for the Doctor to solve...

Issues #2-4 are set in Whitechapel in the East End of London, in 1888, and the TARDIS crew must solve the Jack the Ripper murders, as there are shape-shifting aliens involved, not to mention the Doctor getting himself arrested for being Jack the Ripper and attempting to murder Amy... before Jack himself decides to make her his seventh victim.
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The Eleventh Doctor era begins here! Join the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor and his latest companions, Amy Pond and her husband Rory Williams, as they travel to the far reaches of space - a planet populated by holograms - and the distant past - where they become embroiled in the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian London
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By c rumbol on 15 Sep 2011
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A must for any Doctor Who and or comic fans it's well writen good IDW make some great comics for the who fans
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good book, great art, but the price? 24 Aug 2011
By Mr. E - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had originally sworn off Doctor Who comics after spending alot of cash on the "Agent Provocateur" mini-series, and throughly regretting it. It wasn't all bad, but after finishing it and looking back on all my spent money I was a little frustrated that it wasn't as fulfilling as I had hoped. This book restores my faith in DW comics. The only complaint I have is the price, which is customary for IDW to raise on everything they sell since they're an indie company and don't sell as much as others. I got my copy for $10, and after seeing the full price of 17.99 I felt it was a decent deal. The first story is very good, the plot revolving around holographic spam stuck in the TARDIS. The artist tries very hard to capture everyones likeness from the show, and he succeeds mostly at doing it well. The other three stories involve The Doctor, Amy, and Rory trying to solve the Jack the Ripper murders. As someone who spent an egregious amount of time studying them in school, and then forgetting most of the info, I can say that the stories are very detailed(From what I remember) about the circumstances of the murders; the locations, victims etc. The artist is different, and conveys the murder mystery feel of the stories. Instead of photo realism, the art is more like a modern art painting of the gang from the show, but it's done very well and makes me wish he could stick around longer in the series. Overall;this is a good book with great art and solid storytelling, but it's a little overpriced. If it had maybe 3 or 4 more stories the $17.99 could be justified, but knock off 5-7 dollars and it's a good enough deal.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Promising start 2 Aug 2011
By N. Kohler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was initially disappointed when I found out I missed this at my local comic shop. IDW made this available through NetGally, which I appreciate, (but only 1/4 of the whole thing, which means that I cannot give you my opinion of the WHOLE thing because my review copy was so short).

Through only one story, it's a fitting and necessary take in the Who-verse. Strange things are happening on the Tardis, thanks in part to Amy's husband, Rory. His cell phone is linked to the Tardis. While trying to access his email he inadvertantly downloads some spam into the Tardis.

Spam emails actually materializes into the Tardis. The Good Doctor is busy trying to deal with some scroungers who won't leave him alone.

It's a very cute story that I could see translating well into an episode or a short. I recommend it to fans of all ages, but I don't think you have to be caught up on the show in order to enjoy it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The perfect mix of funny and scary Eleventh Doctor stories 3 Jun 2014
By S. Mercier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even though I am significantly more fond of the Tenth Doctor than I am the Eleventh Doctor, I have got to say I enjoyed this comic so much more than the Tenth Doctor Comics series. The art was better, the characters were consistent, the stories were funny and interesting. I honestly have not one bad thing to say about this.

The first story is a hilarious spin on "spam" email, filled with laugh out loud characters and situations. My favorite aspect of this story is the helpful, upbeat stapler which constantly follows around Amy, Rory, and the Doctor asking if they need assistance like the beloved/hated Clippy from old school Microsoft Word. The ending was a little cheesy, but the overall story was so good that it didn't bother me one bit.

The second story in this volume is yet another take on "Jack the Ripper". I really liked that the volume mixed a very light-hearted story like the spam emails with a very serious story like the Ripper. The contrast was fantastic and matched the different art styles perfectly. The first story was more traditional comic book art, whereas the art in the "Ripper" story looked almost like water colors. This felt fitting for the story setting, reminding me of old paintings and the past.

The plots and character dialogue of both stories felt consistent with the situations, personalities, and speech patterns from the show, and the art very accurately portrayed their likenesses. The only exception to this would be some panels of Rory, which in my opinion look nothing like him.

Overall this was a nice, quick, diverse collection of Eleventh Doctor stories and art. I loved the contrasting tone and art of the two stories. I hope this is the start of a pattern, and the rest of the comics in this series are just as good!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Two Who stores - solid, quick, and enjoyable. 26 Mar 2014
By JackyBabyT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This Doctor Who features three very well done stories. I at times can be a sucker for Doctor Who, but do get a little bored if I feel the story is too close to another older story (hard to keep fresh I imagine after all the years).

All of the artwork done for this volume is wonderful, you can tell difference in the artists in each story but really the art goes with the story very nicely.

Two stories are featured. The first is one that is more humorous than anything. The Doctor not having a firewall has a large amount of spam come to life! A story like this is perfect for the condensed length of this volume.
The second story is a historical tale - something done traditionally well in Doctor Who works. It revolved around Jack the Ripper and who truly was killing the women in England so long ago. Featuring artwork that does well to play up the darker nature of the story, this one does not disappoint. While the first story ends of a somewhat fun and light hearted note this story features a cast of well developed characters - a few of which you might be sad to see 'go' in the end.

If you are a diehard Who fan, than you should get this. If you only mildly like the Doctor and are not a big fan of the Doctor stories that deal with historical events DO NOT get this one. But if you would like to see how the Doctor handles interfering in a supposed fixed point in time of historical importance (like Van Gough) than check this out for sure.
awesome! 24 Jun 2013
By angie_23 - Published on Amazon.com
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loved this one! it has my love for doctor who and great history all rolled in to one book! a
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