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VINE VOICEon 12 October 2013
I had very high hopes for this year's Doctor Who annual as this is the 50th anniversary of the BBC television programme. It is also the 50th anniversary of the Daleks, something that seems to have been overlooked by the people involved with the television programme and its relevant merchandise.
The annual has Matt Smith and the TARDIS on the front cover and all the Doctors on the back cover, which is a nice touch. When you open the annual, you are confronted by the Vortex - nice - but when you look closely, there are two little cartoon figures drawn in. Bizarre, you might think. The contents page is illustrated with a montage of foes, past and present, along with Matt Smith and the TARDIS. And if you look closely, there's another cartoon drawing in the suction cup of the Dalek. What? We are then given an illustrated article, showing the eleven Doctors and a couple of black and white Hartnell photographs, explaining '50 Years of Doctor Who'! Don't get too excited - the article only lasts two pages and there's another pesky cartoon character poking its head round from behind the TARDIS! Yes, it does become irritating. After 'The Doctor's Diary', which introduces Clara, we finally learn the reason behind the cartoon characters and are asked to find fifty of the little 'horrors' hiding throughout the annual. Something to look forward to throughout the annual - great!
References are made to the classic Doctor Who series but the annual is geared to the current season with two illustrated stories and a 2-page text story which took just over a few minutes to read.
The high hopes I had for this year's annual from BBC Children's Books and published by Penguin Books were a little dashed by the annual's contents but it was nice to see references to Doctor Who's history over the past 50 years and so this makes this annual a nice addition to my collection of annuals which began with the first Hartnell annual published by World Distributors in 1964, along with the Dalek annual published the same year. Also, at the price offered by Amazon, it is easily affordable as a stocking filler gift.
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VINE VOICEon 18 January 2014
A great present for any Doctor Who fan, I'm sure that is will make a great present for both children and adults alike. It has good comic strips, puzzles and other fun games/activities. It Has lots of key and fun facts about the Doctor. This Dr Who annual should please all aficionados of this enigmatic British Science Fiction series.
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on 17 November 2013
I bought this for my 23 year old niece for Christmas as she is a massive Doctor Who fan. I wasn't sure if it was for children or adults as it contains puzzles and games for children. However it does contain a lot of Doctor Who facts so I think it will please all enthusiasts.
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on 18 February 2014
Doctor Who annuals these days seem to be produced to a higher standard than most annuals, probably because fans (even young ones) are picky and have plenty of choice. This has some good artwork but the content is fairly basic and largely aimed at younger children. Fun while you read it but not something to go back to.
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on 2 January 2014
The Official Annual full of wonderful Dr Who information. In typical Dr Who style lots of querky facts about the beings he has met. With vivd colour photographs to accompanying the information making the annual a true interesting guide to the Doctors journey.
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on 27 April 2014
I have all of the doctor who annuals from the new series and a few classics but in my opinion they are getting worse with the content, the comic stories included are getting worse I think less thought going into them
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on 11 January 2014
Part of Xmas present for Nephew. Fantastic quality and very informative. He is only 8 but loves Dr Who. He was well chuffed lol. Arrived super quick and although I ordered late in December it came before Xmas. Thanks guys
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on 18 February 2014
Its is a well presented annual but noting out of the extraordinary. I would have liked a poster inside so that I could have framed it and put it on my wall, but I guess BBC want to make their profit.
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on 15 January 2016
God-daughter is Dr Who fan (a person after my own heart - watched it since 1963) and therefore just the present required
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on 21 October 2013
A good example of a modern Who annual. Written stories and comic strips along with interesting articles in what could be Matt Smiths last Dr Who annual.
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