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Doctor Who: The Vault
on 29 December 2013
This is another book released in time to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show. Written by Marcus Hearn, this book covers in over 300 packed pages, the 50 years (so far) of Doctor Who. Largely presented in a chronological order, with `chapters' from 1963 to 2013, each year shows the episodes made in that year, and has a written overview of the year. Within some of the years, larger (less time-dependent) topics are briefly covered; included among these are the Master, companions, the Daleks, the Targel novelisations, Doctor Who in the theatre, and many more.
The articles presented in each of the sections are highly informative and very interesting. What makes this book a real treasure are all of the photographs - of props, designs, costumes, publicity shots, convention tickets and programs, actors headshots, script pages, even a phone message typed in 1964 for Verity Lambert. Who would have thought they would have kept such things from so long ago? But thank goodness they did, for now we get to enjoy them in a way that would never previously have been possible.
I was astounded to see photos and pictures of so many things I had no idea existed, and I was delighted to be reminded by the articles and images of so many stories that were (after so many years) now rather vague in my memory. They all come flooding back when you see them in a wonderfully presented book like this, which is designed to be lovingly treasured for many years. The book is a large format, and has really quality paper and solid covers, so should last as a memento of the good Doctor on our small screens (and more) for many years to come. Absolutely fantastic stuff.