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A good account of the Time Lord and his world
on 17 October 2013
Dorling Kingsley have produced a variety of Character Encyclopedias for various franchises over the last few years. Marvel, DC, Pixar, Star Wars...so it's only fitting that Doctor Who receives the same treatment, especially with this year (2013) being the 50th Anniversary celebration of the show/franchise.
Like previous Character Encyclopedias, Dorling Kingsley have put together a splendid book for readers. Doctor Who fans can enjoy a concise, easily digestible guide that's well laid-out, has great pictures & use of text and a very good structure to it.
Jason Loborik, Annabel Gibson & Moray Laing are the team of writers who have compiled all the entries in this encyclopedia, and on the whole, they've produced a fine piece of work, condensing the whole cast of the Doctor Who Universe into a nice hardback for fans, one that's light & easy to handle.
The A-Z doesn't cover EVERY-SINGLE-CHARACTER in the show's 50-year-history, but it does a great job in covering the most prominent players from the classic eras and those of Russell T Davies & Steven Moffat. (N.B. This Character Encyclopedia covers the Doctor's history from the show's very beginning to "The Snowmen" (the 2012 Christmas Special), so there's no updated information on Clara (as revealed at the end of Series 7) or things like the revamped Ice Warriors or Whispermen.)
All (to-date) 11 incarnations of the Doctor, his greatest/deadliest enemies (Daleks, Cybermen, Master, Davros, Weeping Angels, Silence etc), companions/friends (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah-Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, Captain Jack Harkness, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song etc) and miscellaneous characters are all profiled/detailed in separate one-page spreads that feature excellent photos, stills & text-boxes. It's not the ULTIMATE guide to the Time Lord's world, but the encyclopedia certainly does it justice. The contents and index further solidify this as a good source of information.
Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia is like all the other counterparts Dorling Kingsley has released. It's a handy hardback with good information for new fans who wish to know more about the show's history. For the more learned fans, it may come across as a bit lacking, but it's still worth having for being so well compiled and presented. Recommended.