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Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – April 1, 2013
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"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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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".
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.
The details you do get are interesting, but not exactly mind-blowing in the scope of information you get. There is a lot of entries from the new series, but the classic episodes get a lot of representation too. Probably an even balance between the newer series and older one (or close to it with the newer season gaining an edge). The pictures are what really make the draw on this book. Especially the older ones. Many characters were shown in the TV series in dark places where you can't get a really detailed look. This book gives you very clear and bright photos of even some of the oldest characters. I think this is where the book shines best.
So as an true encyclopedia it's light with just enough info to keep the characters from just being footnotes. The sheer amount of characters and the amazing photos pretty much make up for that shortcoming. If you are Dr. Who fan this is a really good book to have on your library.
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Very thorough, lots of information, and a fun read. Lots of pictures and characters going back to the first Doctor. Recommended read with some fun and interesting facts.Published 6 days ago by Maria
I gave this book as a gift but not before browsing a bit in it myself. I like the format and very easy to read. Read morePublished 12 days ago by J. McCain
This book has almost every character in the doctor who series (the new british series). My daughter loved reading about the descriptions of the characters and getting more... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Nichole Hall
Awesome info for the characters. Highly recommend for beginners and expert Whovians!Published 17 days ago by Jamie Carfi
It was a gift for another WHO fan and she loved it....I was sad that I didn't get the one with the most current Doctor, but she was quite satisfied with my surprise gift.....Published 18 days ago by Ronald T. Perkins
Granddaughter loved it. She went through it with her mom telling her about all the characters.Published 19 days ago by sandra dean