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Visually very good but overall disappointing
on 25 August 2012
The Official Doctor Who Annual 2013 is exactly what is expected - following the trend of the past few annuals but without the free poster, hologram cover or gold prismatic visual cover. The pages are visually produced with colourful photographs taken from Matt Smith's role of the Doctor with just a very few from early Classic episodes, including Hartnell's 'The Celestial Toymaker', Troughton's 'The Mind Robber' and Pertwee's 'Terror Of The Autons'. There are two crudely drawn picture strip stories and one illustrated text story told over just two pages and various puzzles and games to entertain.
Despite the potential to produce a really fantastic annual which would be greatly accepted by die-hard fans of the long-running show, this annual would certainly suit a very young fan of the show - as an adult, I read the annual in just a very short time and now it is relegated to the top of the pile of previous Doctor Who annuals, including those wonderful annuals produced by World Distributor, to collect dust.
Maybe we can expect something different next year since it will be the fiftieth anniversary of the show - but I doubt it...