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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant... Brilliant Book, 13 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC (Hardcover)
The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 had a lot to live up to. Its predecessor was an excellent annual, filled with exclusive interviews and content written by some of series 5's guest writers, and an episode guide, with two pages for each episode.

Good news: The Brilliant Book 2012's even better. There's content written by all but one (Toby Whitehouse, writer of The God Complex) of the the year's guest writers, FOUR pages per episode (although the page size is a little smaller this year, made up by a larger page count), interviews with the four stars of series six, plus Steven Moffat, and loads more. It's a brilliant book, so don't hesitate to buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says on the cover!!, 22 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC (Hardcover)
I got this book for Christmas and it has been a brilliant read. I can't fault it in any way. It showed me what it was like to work on the crew of Doctor Who and reminded me why I love Doctor Who. It was really interesting to read the deleted scenes and the facts about every episode. If you missed an episode of the latest series, this book will fill you in perfectly. Well done BBC!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Books are cool!", 31 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC (Hardcover)
For anyone who enjoyed Doctor Who Series Six, this is absolutely essential reading. It's effectively the Annual for older fans, though on closer inspection it's even better than that. It's the ultimate companion to Series Six; all 13 episodes (plus A Christmas Carol) are covered in depth with facts, interviews with the writers, "Magic Moment" script extracts and even deleted scenes - in the case of The Doctor's Wife, the lost "Planet of the Rain Gods" scene has been adapted into a comic strip! And as you'd expect, there are exclusive interviews with all the main cast - Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston.

There is also a wealth of fictional material - letters, newspaper clippings and other media from all corners of the universe - that enriches the backstory of each episode and makes the world of Doctor Who come alive more than ever before. Just some of the many highlights include the Adventures of Madame Vastra, Amy and Mels's school reports, the user guide for the Teselecta, Charles Dickens' Twitter feed, and many more surprises I don't want to spoil. There's even written accounts from the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River, filling in what happened in the three-month period between The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon. In-keeping with the spirit of the series, the book is also brimming with humour - some of which only die-hard fans will appreciate. The Doctor's job application in particular had me in stitches. The writers' love and geeky enthusiasm for the show is obvious; it shines on every page.

The style of The Brilliant Book is sort of like a deluxe hardback magazine, and some of the images are quite breathtaking, with the photoshopped illustrations for each episode reminiscent of the DVD covers of classic stories. It's the kind of book that can be easily dipped into and read in any order. While it appears to be mostly intended for teenagers and adults, there is still enough material here to interest the younger generation as well, such as the behind-the-scenes guides on how the monsters are made. It's certainly more intellectual than the Annuals, and is a book that I would delight in reading with my children, if I had any.

Fans will want to find a very special place on their bookshelf for the Brilliant Book, or even keep it on their bedside table so they can reach for it on demand. This is only the second Brilliant Book, but I hope that it becomes a tradition that continues for many years to come. I'm so impressed with the 2012 edition that I'm tempted to buy last year's one as well!

Someone should make a book for the earlier series as well, like the Christopher Eccleston era - The Fantastic Book, anyone?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It lives up to it's name... like last year!, 14 Oct. 2011
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This book really is brilliant, and it's the ultimate guide to Series 6. It also has some peeks of Series 7, as well as covering the 2010 Christmas special.

Only problem is the website provided to download the audio book doesn't work...
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5.0 out of 5 stars As unique as a Time Lord in a Type 40 TARDIS - The essential book for DOCTOR WHO fans this year, 25 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC (Hardcover)
Amongst the more discerning fans - those who have recognised the DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL publication is far beyond its usefulness and sell-by-date - the expectation of Clayton Hickman's creative `end of term report' is equal to that of the Christmas Day television episode itself.

How can that be, especially as this is only the second year of release?

What makes DOCTOR WHO (THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE HIT TV SERIES) - THE BRILLIANT BOOK 2012 so special (and there's an even a `homage' website dedicated to re-imagineering its format for a CLASSIC SERIES fan-base) and widely recognised as being singularly definitive, astute, creatively visual and, above all, fun.

Firstly, at nearly 170 pages, this £12.99 (though the retailers such as AMAZON.CO.UK will heavily discount the publication) hardcover publication is as colourful and cheerful as an episode of STRICTLY COME DANCING (or DANCING WITH THE STARS, if you like) and, at times, inspiring and bedazzling within a blink of an eye (and, yes, even though the Weeping Angels are featured, you can blink without fear).

A winning formula of cast and crew interviews (including enigmatic glimpses into the future courtesy of both Matt Smith and Steven Moffat), exclusive tours of behind the scenes that demonstrate the professional creativity of production staff (in this edition director, Toby Haynes guides fans through the tortuous yet rewarding aspects of bring the printed script to life on the screen), analysis of each of the fourteen (including A CHRISTMAS CAROL special episode broadcast in 2011) episodes, and an array of photo-compositions that hark back to the early days TARGET novel cover illustrations from Chris Achilleos.

This is what the DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2012 should have been. I know that the ANNUAL is "aimed" at pre-teens but my pre-teen was, sadly, bored quickly with it but with THE BRILLIANT BOOK 2012 tucked beneath his arm he slumped back into the sofa and apart from the occasional "awesome!" and "no way!" we didn't hear from him for hours.

Under Hickman's stewardship, the balance and pace of the book is perfect as it skips from factual-filled spreads to the frivolity of fiction ("A message from Madame Kovarian" or a brief overview of the soon-to-return Madame Vastra), and a brief (yet intelligent) foray into `comic book' (a prelude to Neil Gaiman's THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, titled PLANET OF THE RAIN GODS complete with hangman's gallows ready for the Doctor, Amy and Rory).

So, the highlights?

An interview with Matt Smith as he heads towards the filming of the 2011 Christmas Day episode is charmingly articulate and, seemingly, demonstrates that he truly feels comfortable (and appreciative; "Does that mean I'm a proper DOCTOR WHO fan now, then? Brilliant!) in the role as he discusses polar topics such as his `instant' fame, the development of his character and, of course, working with Elisabeth Sladen ("I was honoured to work with he, and thrilled to meet her"). Fans will be relieved that he reveals that he will "get to go into the 50th Anniversary in 2013, which is really cool" and that "We're still going to shoot 14 episodes... just maybe not (broadcast) all in 2012." This basically means that (confirmed by Moffat) six or seven episodes will be broadcast in autumn 2012 - followed by a Christmas episode - and then the remainder of the 14 broadcast from January 2013. This, in effect, echoes Tom Baker's final season (SEASON 18) of broadcast schedule of autumn/winter.

MAKING MONSTERS (page 32-35) is a horrendous article but in a positive way as it follows the creation of the Doctor's most forgettable (but, again, in a positive way) alien, the Silence, from Neil Gorton's drawing board through clay models to the final fitting of the space-defying actor, Marnix Van Deb Broeke.

It is interesting which alien or monster has more impact than another within a series, and this borne by the success of the Silence and mediocrity of the Flesh Creature. However, the benefit of THE BRILLIANT BOOK 2012 is that you are lead through the design process, understanding why decisions are made and the level of pre-production work that is required in bringing a simple description ("...eyeball material") in the script alive. MAKING MONSTERS (page 74 -77) focuses on the Flesh from Matthew Graham's two-parter, THE REBEL FLESH/THE ALMOST PEOPLE, and, whilst the story was hardly groundbreaking, you can appreciate from this article the skill in prosthetics and CGI to realise an author's dream.

The mature fans, those who grew-up with the likes of William Hartnell or Tom Baker as `their Doctor' will smile wryly as Hickman relates the 11th. Doctor's adventures back to the CLASSIC SERIES. In THE DOC'S SIDE OF THE MOON (smart title, Clayton), the Time Lord discusses his relationship with Earth's satellite. Recalling SERIES 3's the Judoon's intervention to his imprisonment within its penal colony (FRONTIER IN SPACE from 1973) to the several attempts to take control it by Cybermen and Martians, this is a genuinely absorbing article.

Special appreciation must be directed to digital photo-composite artist, Lee Johnson who has provided a range of `art plates' (that's old fashioned phrase that your parents may know...) that succinctly encapsulated the flavour of an episode on a single page. From the chilling oppression of George by his imagined Peg Dolls to the darkest moments within a seemingly incongruous hotel to the bubble universe where the Time Lord finally meets his TARDIS face-to-face, Johnson crafts a series of tableaux that are truly legendary and, if BBC BOOKS want to branch-out, would be very popular `postcards'.

Like a puppy wrapped (loosely. Very loosely.), DOCTOR WHO - THE BRILLIANT BOOK 2012 is not just for Christmas but an essential essay of SERIES 6 to be drifted over for years to come. Whilst it is intelligently written it is not staid or complicated and can be thoroughly enjoyed by younger fans (five year olds onwards) and older fans alike. It's a challenge to do as much but it succeeds with aplomb and an antidote to a plethora of mediocrity that have been granted a BBC DOCTOR WHO licence in recent years.

DOCTOR WHO - THE BRILLIANT BOOK 2013?

Undoubtedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Book of Dr Who 2012, 13 Dec. 2011
This review is from: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC (Hardcover)
Once again a birthday gift for an avid Dr Who fan. Very good quality product and the friend loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value For Money, 18 Dec. 2011
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This book is brillaint for Real Doctor Who fans.Doctor Who: Official Annual 2012 (Annuals 2012) is essentially a children's activity book but this book is a proper fan book. Even for kids but more so for adult fans. There is just so much content on every episode with in depth articles on characters and monsters and even in-universe things like Amy and Rory's shopping list. There is also tons of beautifully coloured images especially the full page image they have for each episode guide. They look really nice. All this in hardback form for less than £7!! I purchased an SFX Collection - Doctor Who: The Fanzine Special (January 2012) for £11 and it is rubbish in comparison to this book. A great cheap present for any Doctor Who fans you have as even though the price is small the content and presentation is very nice and seems very premium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 April 2012
This review is from: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 HC (Hardcover)
I've purchsed this wonderful book recently, and I must say it is outstanding!
I'm a massive Doctor Who fan, and I enjoy flipping through the pages of this book. It carries almost a "complete" summary to what happens on the show and in the Doctor's world. Simply fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fans deam book!, 17 Mar. 2013
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Already had the 2011 edition, and this is even better! What more could a 'hard core' Doctor Who fan want or need? Hope there is another edition at the end of this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who 2012 HC, 21 Dec. 2012
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Purchased for a very keen Doctor Who fan

He loved it

Nothing bad to say about the book

Arrived on time, well packaged
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