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Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who Hardcover – International Edition, November 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP (UK) (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405914009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405914000
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pictures are beautiful.
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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Dora L. McAlpin VINE VOICE on November 24, 2013
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I bought this for my daughter for Christmas but ended up giving it to her day-before-yesterday, in the lead-up to the 50th Anniversary show. She was so thrilled!

Already, she has spent hours with this book, and it's a treasure I know she'll love in the years to come.

A lot of time and attention clearly went into the design and production of this book. The pictures are beautiful. Rich colors, great choices. The layout is very nice. The paper quality is great.

One caution: If you're looking for a lot of text, you may want to consider a different book. The focus here is on the images, which are accompanied by brief descriptions and lots of short-paragraph text blocks. It's only 208 pages, so there's not much writing here. This book won't give a new Who fan any depth of understanding.

What this book does offer is a very nicely presented overview of the series. Longtime fans will love being reminded of their favorites. Those who don't know Doctor Who just might find themselves intrigued enough to go get hooked.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kris K. Gorham on December 9, 2013
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We all know "that" guy ; the super fan that knows everything about what ever the topic is , in this case DoctorWho , and acts like it is all that matters , and even talks down to any other fan that doesnt know as much as they do about the subject ..........ironically they dont usually dont know anything about anything else BUT Doctor Who .

This is NOT the book for "that" guy , its "the" book for the rest of us who LOVE doctor who , but have lives and realize there is a world beyond a sci fi TV show .

First what the book is NOT : the go to encyclopedia of DrWho , listing every character and tool and species , etc ........ of the series . It does NOT give you a super indepth discription of every episode . It does NOT talk over your head , or expect you to be "that " guy to understand the material inside . This book does NOT cover all the "making of" , or behind the scenes drama that went into the shows , if you are looking for that , you can find several other books , which usually appeal to "that" guy .

What the book IS : Each doctor is covered in their own section . each section covers just one doctor , with a brief 2 paragraph introduction about who the doctor "is" , how he compares to the last one , and a briefe paragraph or 2 about the actor who was chosen . Next , each section lists all the episodes that doctor stared in durring his tenure in the part . This is followed by a brief listing of some of the more important episodes that doctor was in with a paragraph or 2 about them . Next is a list of the companions for that doctor along with a brief blurb about the character and when they came in and left the doctors company .
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 25, 2013
"Doctor Who: Essential Guide" by Justin Richards is another book published on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary since this world-famous series started broadcasting, a book that many fans of the series would be happy to find this year under the Christmas tree.

The author puts more emphasis on the graphical representations and illustrations, not so much on the text, so don't expect an encyclopedia type of book.
The book is around 200 pages that makes it quite fast to read/view, though it provides a great retrospective of Dr. Who series through all generations and actors who participated in its rich history.

Also, it is evident that the author intended this book to already hardened Dr. Who fans because he didn't try to give a lot of background of the series, only making the excellent retrospective of what viewers could watch for the last 50 years

The only error, though it's only a minor one, I found is incorrect name of "The Dream Lord" who was called instead "The Dream Master", though I believe that hardcore fans will forgive to author that mistake.

Therefore Richards's "Essential Guide" is an interesting and certainly desired by many fans book full of nice pictures which despite its shortness gives a nice summary of the history including all eleven incarnations of the Doctor.
For this reason, if by chance your kid or seasoned fan who loves Doctor Who hasn't heard about the book release, I suggest you consider this book as a gift for Christmas, you will surely cheer her/him up...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VLPinVA on December 9, 2013
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I bought 2 of these guides, one for my Whovian hubby and the other for his Whovian best friend! As I am also a Whovian, with Dr. #10 being my favorite ~ David Tennant, I was compelled to look at the book before wrapping them for Christmas! You do receive color photos of all of the characters, where applicable. It shows every doctor through Doctor #11, Matt Smith. It goes through each doctor, his companions, and his foes. In the beginning of each chapter, where the new doctor has regenerated, it goes through a tiny bio of that actor's personal life; describes a bit about his doctor's character and any costume and personality changes. There is a "Through the Vortex" section, describing each season of that particular doctor. This really is a guide. Enjoy!
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