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The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011
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on 4 October 2010
The must have book of the year for all Who fans is finally here, and boy does it live up to it's ambitious title. It's 131 jam packed pages of all the information, behind the scenes photos, interviews, stories and tips from the last season.

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. The sheer size of the operation from Moffat's original ideas to finishing the last of the CGI elements is phenomenal task, and makes me wonder how she can always seems to unflustered on Confidential.

The page that I think a lot of people will be talking about it the Dream Lords teasers, a long list he calls a miscellany of misdirection. 'Concealed within the following statements are a smattering of truths about what is to come for our intrepid amigo on his Saturday night sorties on BBC One in 2011. Everything else is a load of codswallop - fabrication - farrago - dream, geddit?!'.

We know that Moffat spent some time hiding some genuine spoilers in this article, some of them seem to hint some pretty big stuff too. I imagine that he will be chuckling away to himself for sometime before may of these, if any, are worked out.
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on 4 February 2011
The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011

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!
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on 6 October 2010
'Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2011' is best described as a companion volume to Matt Smith's first series as TV's favourite Time Lord. Part episode-guide, part-behind the scenes tome, part-annual, it pulls together a whole range of features in such a way that it's certain to keep even the most discerning 'Who' fan happy for a while.

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.
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on 23 March 2013
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. ful colour pages of all the monsters the 11th doctor faced in series 5. great stories too.
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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 hardback book. Rather than a bog-standard annual with a glossy cover, this is a detailed and original attempt to appeal to existing Doctor Who fans and those less familiar with the iconic show's current personnel and many exotic worlds. With an episode-by-episode breakdown of the 2011 season, as well as new information from behind-the-scenes and imaginatively thought-up snippets such as a series of diary extracts detailing The Doctor's various encounters with Winston Churchill, this is guaranteed to keep any fan absorbed for quite some time.
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on 4 October 2010
Fabulously detailed, nicely balanced between fact and fiction, and beautifully artworked: this book really lives up to its name. Although aimed squarely at the ten-year-old, there is enough in there to engage younger children (my seven year old is totally absorbed in it), and there are a few bones thrown to the older Who geek too (the Target novel cover artwork for each episode in the current series being my favourite part - sadly not by Chris Achilleos, but you can't have everything ;)).

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.
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on 11 February 2015
Brilliant, as the title says. Loads of detailed production info and background details from series 5
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on 5 December 2012
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.
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on 21 December 2012
Purchased for a very keen Doctor Who fan

He loved it

Nothing bad to say about the book

Arrived on time, well packaged
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on 3 January 2011
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. interviews with series actors).
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