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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075666876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756668761
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its a beautiful book with colorful pictures and information.
Sarah J. Kindermann
This book, updated with the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, is a perfect companion to any Doctor Who fan of the new, modern series.
Paul Jarzembowski
My son has become a huge Dr. Who fan and loves to read, this was just one of many great gifts for him!
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jarzembowski on October 20, 2010
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This book, updated with the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, is a perfect companion to any Doctor Who fan of the new, modern series. Just a warning: if you are looking for details on the original series from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, look elsewhere. 99% of this book features the modern series... but if that's what you like, you won't be disappointed. The design is well laid out (would you expect anything else from DK books?), and both David Tennant and Matt Smith are featured prominently (with a slight edge to the new guy). The villains, aliens, and situations from the past five years are featured in full color and enjoyable descriptions. The book does not include details about the cast, crew, and "making of" highlights of the series - that is not the point here. Instead, it is an in-depth look at the world of Who from a fan's point of view... let your imagination roll.

Exterminate your doubts and, if you haven't bought the first Who visual dictionary yet, get this one and relive the Doctor's adventures - until the next episode comes around.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J.B. on December 2, 2010
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Ordered this book for my son for Christmas. Just looked through it and liked what I saw. Had to remind myself several times to stop reading... There were other books to choose from, but thumbing through this one, I can't imagine there's a better one out there. I don't feel like I over-paid, either.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M101 on February 12, 2011
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This is a beautiful book, splendid pictures, tons of info, for the Who fan that likes things classified!
Pluses are many: Great spread of TARDIS' interior, awesome portrait of the Master, Dalek flagship, Angels, Torchwood ( yes, few great pics of Captain Jack!) companions... I love the map of Leadworth ( British humor!) great profiles of Amy, Rory, and the 11th!
Fans of previous Doctors will be disappointed, there is more about past series in the Guinness Book of World Records 2011 ( if you haven't seen it yet check it out, even Torchwood is featured!) than in this dictionary.
I did find couple of minuses: my favorite episode Midnight is not featured, Waters of Mars and Vashta Nerada only have 1 page ( tiny profile and picture of Adelaide Brooke, which is a shame as far as great female characters go!)
Overall, it's a great gift for a Who fan ( significant others out-there, take note!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2013
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My biggest disappointment with this book is it does not get into the lore of the older Doctor Who series at all. It sticks only to the new ones. And it seems to spend most of its time on Matt Smith years.

The pictures are cool but little light on content and history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Just ask me! VINE VOICE on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It is evident from the last couple of episodes in Season Seven (which provided a lot of "review" material) that the 50th Anniversary episode will contain references to the modern era AND classic series, although it does focus on the reboot (perhaps because the images are better!). Short of watching all seven hundred plus episodes (some of which are not even available), this Visual Dictionary explains a lot of the references and will enhance your enjoyment, not only of the Special, but of all episodes you watch as you catch up.
While all Doctor Who eras are represented, the photos in the book focus on the "reboot", probably because the photos are so much better and more detailed. (The first episodes weren't even in color, remember!)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AnonymousFour on December 26, 2010
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We got this as a Christmas gift for our almost 7 year old daughter who is a NuWho fanatic. She hasn't put it down since she opened the gift yesterday morning. She even tried to bring it to church this morning (we did convince her to leave it in the car LOL).

About half of the book seems to be 11-centric. She's a big 10 fan, so perhaps I'll get her the previous edition for her birthday. DK books are always loads of fun and great quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Approbato on December 28, 2012
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Fans of Dr Who will appreciate the pictures and synopsis in this book. I gave it as a gift to a friend who has recently discovered the Doctor and needed to be brought up to speed a little!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
All it takes is one look inside and you can tell that this is a DK book. Does anyone make books that are more visually appealing, mentally stimulating, and heart-meltingly nostalgic? No, no one does. The book goes beyond the story lines to examine the characters, aliens, weapons and curiosities of Doctor Who. Have you ever wanted to know exactly what was what inside the TARDIS control room? This book has a section that opens up to a 4 page spread that shows you the inner workings of the console. Until this book, I never realized that the console was divided into 6 distinct sections, each with specific functions such as the communications panel or the navigation panel. I really enjoyed the character biographies and cut away images.
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