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Doctor Who - The Vault: Treasures from the First 50 Years

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  894 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harper Design (first published October 24th 2013)
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this when it first came out and realized I never added it to my shelves! Well, that's been rectified!
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one brilliant, enticing book. They may have well subtitled it EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DOCTOR WHO THAT YOU DIDN'T ALREADY. Unlike a lot of fly by night stuff, this one really delivers. The information here is amazing and it also reminded me that I'm still pissed at the BBC because I'll never see The Daleks Masterplan or Evil of the Daleks. But, as a long time fan, I can take solace by the increase of my knowledge of Who. (And it'll help me on jeopardy!) GET THIS BOOK if you ar ...more
Sophie Crane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
A comprehensive and well-written guide to fifty years of Doctor Who, covering episodes as they appeared on screen, behind-the-scenes info and the merchandise and trivia associated with the show. There's enjoyable nostalgia as well as up-to-the-minute coverage of the programme, with the fiftieth anniversary special, 'The Day of the Doctor', included.
Mr Shahabi
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They say that this book is a must have for any fan or that..etc, but this is One Beautifully illustrated book!!!!!!! The material is just so vast and wow! It's has like a billion photos and its soaked in a very fine hard cover print which is worth every penny! A very highly recommended for any Doctor Who fan

Ps: doctor Who died, no we don't believe in the female doctor, call me when they put a dude back in the set
Damian Dubois
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I was lucky enough to score this gorgeous Doctor Who, 50th anniversary book for Christmas last year and over the past couple of weeks have paced myself by reading a few 'year' chapters each night. Seems like I'm getting into the habit of reading one Doctor Who reference book a year these days. But what can I say? I've always enjoyed a trip down memory lane.

This book is elegantly presented and as mentioned above each chapter covers a year of the show, essentially from 1963 through to 2013. Each c
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this as a present. It's the first 50th anniversary book that I've had and I did really enjoy it. It has pictures of events and merchandise from each year of the show. There is a synopsis of the show and events that happened that year and then a short essay on a related topic. The only reason that I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that quite often the essays didn't match up with the pictures (or the themes of the year in question) given all the th ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a middle-age geek who somehow managed to not watch "Doctor Who" for most of his life* until last year when I binged on the rebooted series, reading this comprehensive look at the show's history was a blast.

*I do remember watching the occasional Tom Baker-era episode on our local PBS station when I was in my pre-teen years. (Oddly enough, Now that I started watching the classic episodes available on Netflix, I just finished off the Jon Pertwee years and I'm about to start Baker's run.)
Richard Guion
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book for a Doctor Who fan, covers a lot of history from the very beginning of the show in 1963 until 2013. I learned a number of behind the scenes secrets I never knew before. What seems the most amazing is how popular the Daleks were after their first two appearances, there are photos of early merchandise like Dalek cigarettes and so on.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
An insightful series of light essays exploring ideas, motifs and the history of my favourite TV show. The book is an archive of images, stories and behind the scenes tidbits that keeps dawntime anoraks like me enthralled.
tony dillard jr
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Celebrating everything Doctor Who, just in time for it's 50th anniversary- which occurred 6 years ago!

I got this amazing book right around when Doctor Who turned 50th. I was born on November 24th. Doctor Who's first appearance on TV was November 23rd, 1963. So this was a birthday present.

I remember that I read it through Christmas of 2013. But sometime in early 2014, I got off track and put this book away in my reading cabinet. I promptly forgot about it. that was until about a week ago.

Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5 / 5

I would say I can't believe I've been reading this for 2 years but to be honest I thought it was longer than that!
This was an intense, packed full of knowledge rollercoaster of a book.
Admittedly, by page 200 I started quick reading/skimming a lot of it because some of the detailed information was tedious... As you can imagine by how long it took me. It's actually a little embarrassing really because it's filled with pictures and the text doesn't even reach the sides! Howev
It's December 2013. I really want Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey for christmas. I love Harry Potter. And on christmas eve I unwrap this book, Doctor Who - The Vault. Because my parents couldn't find the big blue book I wanted, so they got me another big blue book.

Bless them, they tried.

Anyway, I'm not a huge Doctor Who fan. I've seen a couple of seasons, maybe the first one with the ninth doctor and the first one with David Tennant. So it can't really be compared to
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you're a Doctor Who fan and you don't own this book you're really missing out! There was a lot of the things I already knew but there were a lot of little details that I didn't and I really really enjoyed learning about the part of doctor who that I wasn't around yet to see. Since I was born in 1990 I missed a lot of the older stuff but I missed a lot of really good stuff and this book brought it all to life for me! A MUST READ!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every Whovian must own this. Spans both major series.
João Machado
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deep and interesting look into the history of Doctor Who. Highly recomended but only for fans of the show.
Adam Watson
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a Christmas present from my wife, and began gobbling it up immediately as the 11th Doctor Matt Smith was saying his goodbyes in the recent special.

First, some context: I am a committed fan to Doctor Who, somewhere between the casual fan who knows the basic premise of the show and catches an episode here and there and the completist who has watched all the serials since 1963. As for myself, I began watching reruns on PBS in the 1980's, and the first and only Doctor I knew at the tim
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bibliothèque
A very very good book !!! You learn a lot about Dr Who over the 50 years. there are pictures, fun facts and a lot of informations about our doctor and his adventures.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The highest five of five-star ratings. I simply loved this book. It's well-crafted, comprehensive within reason, and well-written. Capturing the entire history of the show from its initial concept to it's 50th anniversary the book is a love-letter to everything and everyone who birthed and maintained it through thick and thin. I was honesty not sure what to expect but this book manages to give a wonderfully comprehensive overview of all the key elements, eras and events that make up Doctor Who w ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I admit it. I tried in the 20th century to get into Dr. Who because all my friends loved it and I just didn't get it. Now in the 21st century I love all the recent Doctors so I picked this book up. It made me want to go to Netflix and see what I could find of the earlier Doctors (I know that many are missing and I'm still not feeling the love for the earliest Doctors).

Still, this is a little treasure trove of factoids. Maybe an old-time Dr. Who fan would know most of this but I didn't. It shed
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful treasure for anyone who enjoys the Doctor Who show. It is well laid out, following the history from its rough beginning through 2013. There are certainly some things missing, such as any in-depth look at each actor that played The Doctor. That is to be expected, though. It would take volumes to do a definitive approach on every aspect of the show. The book, though, does an awesome job at looking at so many of the important aspects. There is a huge collection of pictures throu ...more
Sara Habein
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Really great in a nuts-and-bolts, behind the scenes sort of way. This is not the book you want if you need detailed descriptions of every episode, but this is perfect for the overarching details and almost everything that has gone into making the show over the past 50 years. I could've used a little bit more on the Big Finish productions, since the Eighth Doctor content is so scant, but by the time this book was in production, I don't think they'd even made the audios canon yet through "Night of ...more
Bob Jr.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent book for Who fans new and old, though it probably has more for the casual fan. Divided by years since the show began, each chapter starts with an overview of Doctor Who for the given year (or years in the case of the time it was off the air). There then follows an essay on various aspects of the show and its cultural impact. There are also a ton of pictures showcasing things like production memos, props, promotional items, comic strips and more.

There's a lot of familiar ground that get
Jeni Enjaian
I had hoped for more out of this book. When I first started reading I was a little excited about it. I thought the organization would be excellent. On the surface it seemed to be well-organized; each chapter designated was designated by a year (or series of years). I also loved the illustrations, the old toys and promotional photos. That being said, this book was not nearly as in-depth as I wanted. Also, the year designations ended up being more in name only than actual. This book was more about ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was not exactly the book I wanted it to be; however, it was definitely the book I needed. Eschewing a simple review of every Doctor Who story, each year in the life of the show focused on some facet of its production, from the behind the scenes work of its creators to the world of licensed tie-in products. I learned exceedingly more interesting information through this format than I would have by reading plot synopses or retreads of well-known anecdotes. Non-fans might find the informa ...more
Diane Heath
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference
I think a true fan of Doctor Who would rate this higher than I did. I am only aware of Doctor Who from Tom Baker (who I always thought was #5 not #4) sigh. I also have enjoyed the later incarnations played by David Tennant and Matt Smith. On one level this book sounds more interesting than it actually is because it talks about the background of the making of Dr. Who yet manages to fail in imparting any information. It has a "chapter" for each of the 50 years but it seems to talk more about the p ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was delighted to stumble on this displayed in my library's "new books" section when I wasn't even looking for it. Never would have checked the library for this type of book!

Really nicely put together history of the show in coffee-table-book format. It's broken into chapters by years with several pages each full of a mix of text and photos of the show, behind-the-scenes, merchandise, etc. All very detailed. I've only seen glimpses of Old Who so I did skim a bit but still enjoyed it. Only compl
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of all the books (and there do seem to be quite a lot) celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who this one seems the most worthwhile, at least to the general reader. Lots of glossy pictures throughout that concentrate on merchandising and memorabilia and avoid the use of screen shots. A general year by year survey of the show, that doesn't go into too much detail, then each years entry is followed by an article on a different aspect of the programme, altogether a format that works very well. ...more
Jan 03, 2014 marked it as not-going-to-finish
This one was a gift for the whole family. I am loving reading it and (pause for the blasphemy) pretty stoked about getting all the background of the 60s and 70s without having to watch the episodes. I saw many of them as a child on out-of-focus snowy black-and-white television -- I do prefer the re-boot that started with Christopher Eccleston. Still, as a librarian, history fan, and persnickety sort, I have a need to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. This book does it, and enjoyably! It's a keep ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Easily four stars. I haven't sat down and read this cover to cover, since it's really not that kind of book, but I've been reading along in it by year as I work my way through all the old episodes. It's a really cool look at all the behind-the-scenes stuff going on with some amazing photos. If you haven't seen much of the original series, it's probably not as interesting since it's really about production and behind-the-scenes information and not so much about the episodes and characters themsel ...more
Adam James
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, 2016
Originally I had dismissed The Vault as a childish coffee table book; I was very wrong. The Vault details every year of Doctor Who since its beginning in 1963 (even the wilderness years!) with quotes and artifacts from insiders. While I wish Marcus Hearn could have dug deeper into the more controversial opinions surrounding the show (Eccleston's leaving; JNT's ineptitude; Eric Saward's warring with an inept JNT), he does touch on the important moments from each of these years.

Definitely recommen
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