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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465402675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465402677
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[The Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia] is organized in a novice friendly way and also gives one just enough information to not overwhelm or ruin a plot." – Examiner.com

"For a splashy look at the entire list of the Doctor's adversaries (and friends), check out the new Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia." – PCMag.com

"Each character receives a page with details about their involvements with the Doctor. This is an enjoyable book for new fans and old fans alike." – Catholic Digest Magazine


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Great book for Dr. Who fans.
Victoria Anderson
This book sums up just about every character on the show - doctors, companions, monsters, and even most day characters - in one page, and gives a lot of detail.
Jasmine
He loves the show and really enjoyed reading about all the characters.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Graham Swearingen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 9, 2013
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I am a huge Doctor Who fan, but I don't think I can consider myself a Whovian only because my knowledge of this series is so limited. Hence the purchase of this book. And from what I can tell, this book has it all. Everything from all 11 Doctors to Doctor Who's granddaughter Susan Foreman to the new companion Clara "Oswin" Oswald. I really like the glossy hardcover with text in a shiny metallic silver and the page layout which looks clean and simple. There is tons of color, the pictures don't seem to have any visible upscaling and look detailed and sharp. There are even sections on each page to show which Doctor encountered said Alien/Monster/baddie. If you are a hardcore Whovian there probably isn't much information in this book that you don't already know. But the super low price and great quality would make a great addition to any Whovian's collection of any and all things Doctor Who related. I am loving this book and you may too. FULLY APPROVED.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ex-Pat Brit on October 26, 2013
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DK does it again! A terrific book that is best for kids. The book is smaller than the typical DK book, which makes it easier for young people to hold. As you would expect, there are photos throughout. There is one page per doctor or companion or other character with a nice, big central photo smack in the middle of each page. The text is in large characters and is easy to read.

If you are in your teens or an adult, and you are interested in a similarly lavishly illustrated book, then go with "Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary". If you are an older person more into having an encyclopedia of Doctor Who, then go for the "Doctor Who Encyclopedia".
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LVNeptune on March 31, 2013
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If you are a Whovian or just want more information on the characters of the show. This is great! I went through it all and it has characters dating back to the original First Doctor. It could take many months to catch up on the original series and this does a very good job at it. Highly recommended for any fan of Doctor Who!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BonnieBee on May 28, 2013
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As a fan of Dr. Who since the 1980's, this book helped me remember some of the older characters, as well as review newer ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mirage on August 12, 2013
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The full color pictures are fabulous and helps identify those aliens you just cannot quite remember the name. Sometimes it takes a bit of sifting if you do not know the specific name, but once you see the picture and read the write up the episode they appear in pops right back into your head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Baker on April 19, 2014
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Ordered this for my son who is a big Dr. Who fan. Covers all you need to know from A to Z!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Weber on March 28, 2014
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This book is ok, lots of nice pictures but not so much facts. For a real Doctor Who Encyclopedia that gives a lot more information, I'd suggest trying; Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on July 31, 2013
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This book is a nice size, not too bulky. Great page layouts with clear photos & useful information in similar format on all pages. Characters are helpfully colour coded by type: Time Lord, human, humanoid, robot etc etc. As a fan of the new series I enjoyed reading about the characters and companions from the "old" show, (Doctors 1-8), it's actually why I got the book. There is a good balance of old and new characters.

Sometimes the character bios seem a bit off-topic or miss out on important aspects of the characters. Martha's entry, for instance, seemed to focus mostly on her feelings for the Doctor instead of the Osterhagen Key, her walking across the world etc. Some entries could have been more concise. There are definitely many spoilers about important events relating to certain characters, which may bother some people. There are some characters that are not in this book, mostly because their parts were too small to merit a full page entry, but it would have been nice to have at least a short explanation/definition of who they were. That's the only thing keeping this book back from really being an "encyclopedia."

Overall, it's a great buy, definitely worth it for new and old fans alike. I learned a lot and am glad to add it to my library.
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