The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011 Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010
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From the Back Cover
THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST
SECRETS OF THE DALEKS
THE LEGENDS OF THE WEEPING ANGELS
NEW FICTION BY BRIAN ALDISS
PLUS AMAZING FEATURES BY THE SHOW'S WRITERS
About the Author
Clayton Hickman was the longest-serving editor of Panini Comics' Doctor Who Magazine, and a regular interviewee on Doctor Who Confidential. He has written for Big Finish's Doctor Who audio dramas and short story collections, and he designed Russell T Davies' 2008 book Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale. Clayton also designs the covers of the classic Doctor Who DVD range.
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Top Customer Reviews
The amount of content in the book impressed me greatly. This is not just a magazine thinned out and given a hard cover as some annuals are; real thought has gone into the content, and there's a lot of it.
I'd recommend this for anyone with a child obsessed with Doctor Who, and there's enough in it to satisfy adult Who fans for the price, too.
Each story gets its own guide and supplementary material blending the fact and fiction elements of the series, some of it by the show's writers themselves - for instance, 'The Eleventh Hour' is accompanied by a guide to Amy's home of Leadworth, 'Victory of the Daleks' includes an insight into Winston Churchill's previous encounters with the Doctor, and 'The Lodger' is supplemented by writer Gareth Roberts' guide to writing for 'Doctor Who'. And if it's new adventures you're after, there are a few short stories in there as well, one of which is penned by renowned SF author Brian Aldiss.
The regular 'Doctor Who Annual' is aimed squarely at the younger end of the children's market, and 'The Brilliant Book' is ideally suited to older children or adult fans. It's been put together with a lot of love for the source material, and is very nicely designed. Many 'Who' fans would be happy to see this in their stocking come Christmas Day.
The book reads like an extra special edition of Confidential with lots of snippets from the writers/directors of each the episodes, we see how aliens and costumes evolved or were designed, there's even deleted scenes for each of the episodes.
There's been a great deal of thought put into the extras, there's a fantastic map of Leadworth complete with adverts for bingo night and the summer fete for example. Rory's Twitbook entries from his stag night show another side of him and his life in Leadworth. And his altered history as an Aunton is explored, we see that he and the Pandorica are in the Bayeux Tapestry and that one of his closest friends was Sir Samuel Pepys.
My favourite though has to be Winston Churchill's Lost Diaries which chronicle his meetings with each of the doctors. Starting in 1879, when he meets Doctor 4 during a Punch and Judy show, and ending in 1945, when he meets 9 for the first time and they travel back to Ancient Rome. These letters capture the essence of each incarnation perfectly.
There is of course interviews with all the main cast of season 5, Steven Moffat and composer Murray Gold. Some of the questions are a little mundane, yet are insightful and you really do feel that they all genuinely love working together. In 'Making Doctor Who' executive producer Beth Willis breaks down exactly what is involved in getting the show together.Read more ›
I purchased this book recently from Amazon.co.uk and I was amazed by the amount of content contained.
The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011 includes interviews with cast and crew featuring the main characters and from Steven Moffat, who talks through the first year as writer for the new series. There is also a behind the scenes look at the music from composer, Murray Gold.
This book has a Hardcover, includes over 100 pages and if you love reading, it will keep you entertained for hours!
There is also an interesting guide to all 13 episodes from series 5 of Matt Smith's debut as the Doctor. Each episode guide is printed on two pages and features lots of interesting and fun facts about each episode.
The cast and crew also take you behind the scenes on the making of the show, which features even more interesting facts and interviews, and lots more. So if you like Doctor Who Confidential this book is also a must buy!
Whether you would like to find out how the Tardis is made or how the new Daleks are designed, creating the Silurians or how the programme gets put together, you can find out in this must have book for all Doctor Who fans!
If you loved the Doctor Who 2011 annual, you'll love this as this is similar. Buy this book now and you won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, as the title says. Loads of detailed production info and background details from series 5Published 17 months ago by Bob the preacher
As the euphoria surrounding 'New Who' subsides somewhat, the BBC continues to support its flagship show with quality releases, such as this fascinating and sumptuously designed... Read morePublished on 4 May 2013 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
After reading such good reviews i had to get this book. So glad i did, it's not like your average yearly annual which are aimed at children but more of an adult feel. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2013 by Pagan moon
Purchased for a very keen Doctor Who fan
He loved it
Nothing bad to say about the book
Arrived on time, well packaged
What a cracker of a book to support the Dr Who programmes. I can't fault it in any way. A real gem and a worthy addition to any Dr Who collection.Published on 5 Dec. 2012 by Mary
Our Son is mad about Doctor Who items, can't even get away from the programme either, so we had to get this book for him as he had seen it and said he wanted one. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2012 by Mrs. Samantha J. Fisher
excellent book, packed with info on all the favourite villans and some not so well known. up-to-date with the 11th Dr & Amy.Published on 27 Jan. 2011 by P. Williams
I bought this for a Christmas present, but of course read it myself before wrapping. Fun and worth buying, but some of it could have been taken from a fan magazine (eg. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2011 by Dorothy Connor
I am 13 and I love it! There is lots of information and cast interviews and a fantastic challenge from the Dream Lord!Published on 3 Jan. 2011 by chalphwi