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With the 50th Anniversary coming up and no more than a few weeks to go until we see the big celebrations, you might be tempted to pick up this book in order that you can refresh your memory of some of those events in the Doctor's past that you might otherwise have forgotten. But be warned: this book is less of an Essential Guide and more of a quick snapshot, a postcard if you will, of some of the key events that have occurred over the last 907 years of the Doctor's life.
And therein lies my problem with this: The book looks at each of the Doctor's regenerations in turn and highlights key moments only rather than analyzing each and every adventure. Not very essential then...
To be fair, if you are a fan of the new series only and not an uber-fan who has grown up with early Doctor Who then you might very well like this. But for somebody who came in at Tom Baker, for example, and only has vague memories of life before Russell T Davies and Stephen Moffatt, the book leaves you feeling a tad disappointed.
Things I do like this book include a handy reference guide to all the Doctor's companions right up to the present day and Clara, The Impossible Girl. There is also a kind of Spotter's Guide to the majority of the Doctor's greatest enemies. This too is virtually complete for the Television show and is a nice touch. It is only in the episode guide that the book is lacking!
I got this out of the library and, in hindsight, I am glad I did. I wouldn't have wanted to pay £12.99 for this as I had exhausted it in an hour. (okay,okay I know my title says 5 mins but I exaggerated a little, okay?)
Don't get me wrong the book IS good, it just skims over many of the Doctor's adventures without a mention and isn't as comprehensive as I would have liked!
Any book on my favourite subject is of course bound to receive a lot of scrutiny, I just think this smacks a little of cash-in (ker-ching) and is less for real fans but more a way of getting more money out of Joe Public for as little expenditure as they can get away with.
I would have preferred something more detailed and, for that, would have happily paid more money. As this is, this book leaves an empty hole in the reader that should have been filled with more extensive Doctor Who knowledge.
In short, I think this book should be upgraded and deleted.....Delete...delete...delete...