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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who (Book 158)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849902313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849902311
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Russell has done an insane amount of work to bring all this together and for that he deserves the thanks of every parent whose bright nine-year-old wants the answer to specific Who-related questions,Lavishly illustrated with photographs and artwork, this is the definition of ‘in-depth’. There is nothing left out.

About the Author

Gary Russell is one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He lives in Cardiff.

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The book was illustrated well and full of information.
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I found that this book is a must-read for both die-hard fans of Doctor Who, and people who are new to the series.
D. Woodcock
Purchased as a gift for my son who is a great fan of Doctor Who.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Karen F. Blocher on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
(Please note that Doctor Who Encyclopedia (New Edition) has now replaced the edition I originally reviewed. This is a good thing.)

I suppose one could use Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia to actually look things up, but really, I think it's more fun to start with the letter A and peruse its entries in order. This ensures that you don't miss any of the goodies within, while providing almost as chaotic a tour of the worlds of Doctor Who as one might get in the TARDIS itself.

Take the letter D, for example. Here you learn why Madame de Pompadour was once called Madame d'Etoiles, what newspaper the Absorbaloff was reading when Ursula noticed his alien hands, the name of the beach where Rose said goodbye to the Doctor, the human name of the Slitheen in charge of the North Sea Boating Club, the provenance of the Doctor's claim that Martha was from Freedonia, the name of the Cabinet minister who called Saxon "insane" - and, of course, quite a bit about the words "Doctor" and "Daleks." The above list doesn't cover even half of the D entries found in the book, ranging in length from a sentence to an entire page each.

Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia covers the first three seasons of the 2005-present revival of the series, plus the occasional mention of real-world creators of songs, films, etc. that appear in the show. (The new edition more than doubles the period covered, taking us into the Eleventh Doctor era.) I imagine the book could prove invaluable for the novice Doctor Who fan in learning more about the show's characters and continuity.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Meek VINE VOICE on August 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As another reviewer has noted, this encyclopedia focuses virtually exclusively on the adventures of the "new" Doctors from the series reboot, covering Eccleston's single season and Tennant's first two. It's very handsomely illustrated with numerous color photos and packed with short and pithy entries and character biographies. It is NOT an episode guide, so be certain you know that you're getting a quick reference manual and not detailed synopses and reviews.

There's a lot of material here, but a surprising amount of it smacks of filler. For instance, every song that was ever heard for more than three pico-seconds in any episode is included here--along with separate entries for the band or singer. And in some cases, for the composer. So, we get to read a bit about Jeff Lynne--because he wrote an ELO song that was featured in one episode. That's...just a little oddly obsessive to me. Where do you draw the line? Why not comment on the brand of spark plugs used by a taxi the Doctor rode in?

Another minor annoyance is that the author seems to pay overwhelming attention to two animated episodes ("Attack of the Graske" and "The Infinite Quest") that are probably not canonical and that are not very likely to be known to American viewers. I mean--sometimes it seems that every third or fourth entry pertains to one of these. It's a bit frustrating.

The wealth of photos makes this a pretty good value, but overall this encyclopedia just seems a bit lightweight and has a lot of questionable entries. Try to get someone to buy it for you as a gift.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Misty Hertzig on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I read a little at a time when I am in between things. It is great for the current Doctor Who fan or for anyone who would like to get into the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Stevenson on September 28, 2008
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If you have a child like mine who will quite happily spend hours discussing Doctor Who's pasts, present and futures, then this tome is a perfect way to satisfy their hunger for all things Whovian while literally buying you a moment's peace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Woodcock on April 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found that this book is a must-read for both die-hard fans of Doctor Who, and people who are new to the series. I am a die-hard fan, and there were things in here that I didn't even know. The pictures are excellent, also.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By happy mom on March 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I actually bought this for a 5-year-old Doctor Who fan. He was so excited when he opened his gift. He is too young to read it himself but was enthusiastically looking at the pictures. His mother had a hard time getting him to open his other presents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Kage on February 3, 2013
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This encylopedia is amazingly detailed and features fantastic pictures of aliens and places and everything else throughout the first six seasons of the new Doctor Who. Even if you feel you know all there is to know about what happened in each episode, you will be surprised at the connections that are brought to light in this book that you never even realized. BRILLIANT purchase and so incredibly worth it. Very cool! =D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kdsjr on December 6, 2012
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I have been a follower of Doctor Who for many years, even before the end of the old serials in the 90's. This encylopedia only covers information on the new series and Doctors 9-11 from 2005-2011, but there are references to the earlier series as well. The encyclopedia is already dated, however, as the Seventh Season is in process. It's hard to keep up with The Doctor, but this work makes a good effort.
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