Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years Hardcover – October 29, 2013
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Produced by the BBC, this is the official story behind the making of Doctor Who, with the foreword written by Executive Producer, Steven Moffat. The book is laid out chronologically, but, being Doctor Who, in a rather timey-wimey manner.
There is a chapter for each year that the show was on TV. There is even one for the period 1997-2004 when the TV version was on hiatus, with fans having no idea when or if it would return.
Interspersed throughout, are photographic pieces of mementos: a note and picture from 1965 from Shepperton Studios Art Department regarding the first Daleks, a sketch by June Hudson for the "look" of the Fifth Doctor, a clipping from "The Radio Times" on November 21, 1963, and costume designs throughout the era. There are interviews with cast and crew and hundreds of pictures of memos and props. Each and every companion and enemy or monster has been immortalized in this vault.
And this brings me to the title of the book. This is certainly great fodder for all Doctor Who fans, but I believe the term "Vault" is a little misleading. I thought there would have been pull-out material from the set; replicas of props - maps, postcards, report cards.
Instinctively, I love this 50th anniversary publication. It's a celebration of each year of the television show's existence in rich and vivid color. Every fan should get this collector's item.
Realistically, it is impossible to cram the entirety of this show in 320 glorious pages, and as such, this is by no means a definitive source for everything any fan could want. You would need an encyclopedia to fulfill that need. But what this marvelous book has is very possibly the largest collection of behind the scenes photos of props, and costumes, as well as drawings, magazine clippings, and insights which I have never seen in any of my other Doctor Who books. And I have a soft spot for that.
Feel. This is hardback book, but the cover feels padded, so the book rests very comfortably when held for even long periods.
Size. The pages are roughly 9 3/4 inches by 11 inches. Or 24.7 millimeters by 28 millimeters. Due to its size, the photographs are presented in a large enough format to be better appreciated. Note, for fans who like to make their own costumes and props, this will become a fantastic resource for you. Personally, I'm ready to make a Polyphase Avatron.
Archive photos. As already mentioned these are more of these packed into this book than a Doctor Who Museum. I can only imagine the agony of the creative minds who made this book possible when they had to edit out certain photos just to keep this book from becoming to large to handle. If The Vault II is ever presented, I will be among the first to buy it.
Writing.Read more ›
The chapters are divided by years. At the beginning of each chapter is an introduction to what happened during that year, small pictures of the companions during that year and a full page image of the Doctor.
When I opened this book for the first time, I squealed. I'm currently taking a Television Production class, and when I saw this full two page blueprint of the studio, tears went down my cheeks. I was emotional when I reconized the studio control room, the lighting set, the TARDIS center console... everything.
YOU MUST GET THIS FOR YOUR COLLECTIONS!!!
Delivery was fast. I live in Puerto Rico and I received it in two days (I only payed for the standard shipping).
Have fun! Allons-y!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book it has a plethora of information and wonderful visuals the fact that it was released during the 50th anniversary is awesome. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Meghan
This is a wonderful coffee table book of all things Who--well, all things in the first 50 years. The artwork is excellent, the information is fascinating, and the quality of the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Travis Prescott
Perfect book for the Doctor Who fan of the whole series not just the revival from 2005.
Includes history, bloopers, some not too much known facts of the actors that have... Read more
The book is efficiently organized by year instead of going by show season or something like that. And thus each year is primarily an exploration of what happened during that year... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rocky Sunico
this is a great coffee table book for the whovians in your life...
this covers 50 years of dr who so it does not have the current doctor.