The Doctor Who Annual 1978
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The Doctor Who Annual 1978 (Doctor Who Annuals #12)

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Text Stories: The Sleeping Beast, The Sands of Tymus, A New Life, The Sea of Faces
Comic Strips: The Rival Robots, The Traitor
Notes: The page count dropped back to 64. Sarah was again the Doctor's companion, though it is not possible to tell from the illustrations alone. Two separate stories (The Sleeping Beast and The Rival Robots) both feature similar-looking aliens with...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1977
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Nicholas Richard
Apr 30, 2014 Nicholas Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All dedicated Whovians
Recommended to Nicholas by: My father
The British Hardback Annual has become somewhat of a Christmas tradition over the last few decades, to be a small stocking filler for young kids and kids-at-heart alike. They are normally aimed at a younger audience, with comic stories, small prose pieces and puzzles relating to the annual's main subject matter.
Since the 'Doctor Who' television series returned to our screens in 2005, revived for a modern audience by the talented Russell T Davies, I have become a dedicated Whovian, and the 'Docto...more
Nicholas Whyte
The drawbacks first: the annual features Sarah Jane Smith as the companion, though she had left the show more than a year before most people would have read this, and in addition she is once again very poorly portrayed in the art (see right), looking more like a somewhat chunkier version of Leela than at all resembling Elisabeth Sladen. The filler material is as banal as ever. The whole thing is only 62 pages, which I think is a new low.

But the stories are actually rather good, and some of the...more
This was a nice collection of stories of the Doctor and Sarah. They were nearly all space stories. There was also a nice collection of old space facts, missions, planets, even a little Greek history. The puzzles and quizzes were geared much more towards teaching children about science and astronomy and much less to do with the monsters on the show than the modern annuals. However, there were few pictures and nobody really looked like who they were supposed to. Especially poor Sarah!
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