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VINE VOICEon 30 August 2011
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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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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on 4 May 2013
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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on 15 September 2011
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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