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3.0 out of 5 stars lackluster attempt at celebrating the shows history, 28 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia (Dr Who) (Hardcover)
just arrived in the post, and after leafing through its pages, i have to say i,m very disapointed. considering this enclclopedia is supposed to be celebrating 50 years of doctor who, its a lot smaller then i expected it to be. when i saw how small it actually was, alarm bells started to ring.

once opening it up, things didn,t get much better either. although its understandible that minor characters who only appeared in 1 episode get a small 1 page entry, the authors have taken this approach with every single character in the book, every doctor, every enemy and every companion. the daleks, 1 page, the cybermen, 1 page, davros, 1 page, i could go on, but i think you get the idea.

although i understand that encyclopedias don,t necessarily have to have extensive entries, this book is supposed to be celebrating the shows 50 years, so a better attempt could have been made. considering the daleks and cybermen have such extensive histories, its sad to see them relegated to 1 page. anyone remember ACE? well, her entry basically says that she is the troubled girl who likes to blow things up.

its sad when authors just try to make money from doctor who by pushing something this lackluster on its fans. the official anneversary isn,t till september, so maybe they should have taken more time and produced something bigger and better than this. as it is, this is poor, very poor
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Initial post: 11 Apr 2013 11:53:39 BDT
CarlottaB says:
I was thinking about buying this for my sons birthday, but now I've read your review I've changed my mind. The 2012 annual I bought at christmas was extremely thin and not good value either. We're just not getting quality Dr Who prducts at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 14:27:33 BDT
yeah, I know what you mean. this close to the shows 50th anniversary you would expect better than that. the encyclopaedia is roughly a bit thicker than an annual, but the content is very poor. each page is mostly taken up with a large picture of the character, with a few paragraphs here and there briefly summing up the character. you expect it with minor characters, but not major ones. your son may like it if he is a who fan, but I would wait until the price has dropped

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2013 16:08:43 BDT
The Penguin Children's Books Doctor Who annuals are really thin on content and full of stock images. BBC Books did a 14+ version called The Brilliant Book, which was bigger and packed with great content (specially commissioned stories, new artwork and fun articles). If you haven't got The Brilliant Book 2012 and 2013 I'd recommend them.
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