Doctor Who: The Vault (First Edition) Hardcover – 24 Oct 2013
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A visual journey through five decades of the BBC's most popular family drama
About the Author
Marcus Hearn is the acclaimed author of Titan's The Art of Hammer, Hammer Glamour, The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes) and The Hammer Vault. His other books include authorised biographies of filmmakers George Lucas and Gerry Anderson, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles' final world tour.
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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.
This book is another product that was released on the occasion of its 50th anniversary from date the first episode was shown on TV.
It's not an exaggeration to say that this book is everything that someone interested in Dr. Who would like to know because it offers information and pictures about each season of the show broadcasting providing summary of the season and accompanying text that tells all about the events which marked that season.
Where the book really excels are its illustrations because a picture says more than 1000 words allowing longtime fans of the series to remember all good and bad things their favorite TV hero went through.
Although the text is of decent quality, it might be even better if the author was able to add more details, and not only speaking generally about show components and also somehow the book lacks more active participation from actors who are represented only with quotes from interviews.
Nevertheless, "Doctor Who: The Vault" is a nostalgic piece that recalls the rich history of this TV show that during its long term broadcast has become much more than a TV show.
And this book that celebrates its 50 years manages to explain precisely this popularity and longevity phenomenon, why it happened and due to that it can be recommended...
There are plenty of soundbites from those who were there at various points and some chapters break off the narrative to consider a specific aspect e.g. the Daleks.
What really makes this unmissable is that Mr Hearn persuauded current owners of props and costumes to let him have a photo (I'm assuming he doesn't own the lot himse1f!) and they are all well taken and reproduced. Fancy a look at an original Cyber head or Mavic Chen's spaceship in colour? Look no further than this book. The photo of Mavic Chen's spaceship show that it was a much better model than it appears onscreen in surviving footage.
Generally choice of photos is top notch, steering clear of only using the well worn endlessly reproduced shots. There are some you'll have seen before but also some rarer ones.
There are also reproductions of original costume designs (the Fish People from Underwater Menace looked better on paper) and other rare bits.
Hearn does not shy away from controversial topics e.g. the downside of JNT's long tenure but where such subjects are covered you hear from both sides.
A much better book than the 40th anniversary publication Dr Who: The Legend, whether you're buying it now or when it goes down in price, I'll be surprised if you don't find something to like.
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"Doctor Who:The Vault" is a very interesting book about the history of the ever popular TV show and what I like about it is that each chapter represents a year in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice
the book gives an good inside in the history of dr who, is it nicely illustratedPublished 3 months ago by c vd burg
WOW, huge book, loads to read! A must-have for the whovian. Grest qualitu book, very recommended! :-)Published 6 months ago by Comax420
Brilliant item for any Dr Who fan. Great quality book was given as a gift and it looked much more expensive than it was which I personally liked :)Published 7 months ago by sarah dalton