Review: Doctor Who: Books: The Essential Guide: Twelfth Doctor Edition

essential-guideBy Justin Richards

BBC Children’s Books, out now

The key elements of the Doctor’s lives…

This well put together handy guide to Doctor Who first came out in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show, covering everything from An Unearthly Child (and yes, it’s called that, with its sequel known as The Daleks) up to that date. That of course didn’t include the many revelations of the anniversary year, including the introduction and later appearance of the War Doctor, or Matt Smith’s regeneration into Peter Capaldi. A new edition has therefore been released, adding a new tranche of pages to the end.

We’ve now got equal coverage for the end of the Eleventh Doctor and a section on the Twelfth covering everything that we’ve seen so far, up to The Husbands of River Song. Each Doctor (with some caveats) now has a complete entry on their arrival, departure, their friends and foes, their key adventures, and the “time tech” that they use. Pretty much every entry gets an accompanying photograph with some screen grabs used to fill in the gaps in the BBC Library.

Unfortunately the new edition doesn’t tie off the Eighth Doctor’s story, or include the War Doctor. There are obvious technical reasons for this – it would alter the whole layout of the book from page 134 onwards – but it’s the only real snag with what is otherwise an excellent summation of the series.

Verdict: A solid primer to the lives of the Doctors. 9/10

Paul Simpson

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