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Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  650 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Meet all the most important characters from the entire history of Doctor Who, including every Doctor and companion. Packed with fascinating facts and statistics for characters from the Abzorbaloff to the Zygons, and with large cut-out poses and stunning stills from the program, this is the ultimate compendium of Doctor Who characters.
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by DK Children (first published April 1st 2013)
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Aug 14, 2013 Terence rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Very fervent Dr. Who fans
This was a very disappointing reference work. I’ve mentioned in other reviews of similar books that I live for this kind of information. I’m not a follower of the Wheel of Time or A Song of Ice and Fire but I’ve got the encyclopedias. Nor am I a great fan of Peter Hamilton but I’ve got The Confederation Handbook. The same is true of Star Wars. My fanfic version of SW is radically different from the canon but I still have Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology and Star Wars Millennium Falcon Man ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Lily rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Learning more about the characters of one of my favorite shows was wonderful! I wished it would have had more characters and that it would have been more updated and had recent characters. I really liked learning more about Doctor Who.
Nicole Shehayed
Love it.
Aug 22, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was only 10 when the original Doctor Who began. It wasn't until the early 80's that I became aware of it. I watched it now and then as I was busy being a military spouse and college student. I moved quite often and some areas did not carry Doctor Who while others carried repeats, but not necessarily in order or even sticking to one season. Fast forward to this year and my British friend Pat telling me that Doctor Who was revived with new doctors and episodes in 2005. I have watched seasons 1-5 ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Erikka rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sci-fi, 2014
I know, not technically "non-fiction", but it's a fact book about the show, so it's kinda referency.

I think this would be really enjoyable for someone just beginning to watch the show, or just as a quick reflection on some of the more prevalent characters. However, there's nothing new about the characters you've met, just the stuff you learn about them in their episodes. I did get some new information, though, as there were many characters from the classic era that I've never seen. I honestly w
Mark Speed
Feb 07, 2014 Mark Speed rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a book that does very much what it says on the cover: it's an encyclopedia of characters who have appeared in Doctor Who. One or two reviewers seem to have missed this point. Just sayin'...

In terms of coverage, it's comprehensive. However, it lacks a good deal of depth. However, to have provided the kind of depth that some reviewers seem to have been expecting would have required several volumes of a similar size. It is, happily, image-rich. The facts (well, it's fiction, but...) are lai
May 24, 2015 Dante rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-books-2015
If you're a fan of Doctor Who, this is the book for you. It has all of the information you need to catch you up with this pop culture juggernaut.
If you are a fan of Doctor Who, you HAVE got to read this book. I find it very interesting and can recommend it. However, if you are not finished with the show then this book is a book of spoilers. I enjoyed it not only because it had the new doctor who stuff, but it had the old Doctor Who stuff as we'll. One BIG mistake they made was that on the Mickey Smith page where it says "Doctors Met" it doesn't include the ninth doctor. He was the first doctor Mickey met. Come on people! I do like the re ...more
Jun 22, 2014 shartyrant rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
For a price tag of $16.99 you would expect a bit more information and detail about all the characters. Instead you get a REALLY brief summery. Things like "Data File: Playing Soccer Reason for Regenerating" and that is it for the 11th Doctor and all the other characters have the same "data profile" Nothing beyond the bare minimal. No stating of whether so and so is human or half human or Gallifreyan. No real detail on what happens with any of the long running companions (Leela's entry was a joke ...more
Evalyn R.
Sep 22, 2015 Evalyn R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelsey Burke
Jan 23, 2014 Kelsey Burke rated it it was amazing
Becoming a HUGE Whovian over the summer last year, I found this book extremely interesting and informative. Especially with all of the characters from Classic Who.
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 03, 2015 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
I've actually read this several times, and it's always surprising how enjoyable something so simple can be. It's more of a picture book than a proper encyclopedia, and it's certainly aimed for younger fans. Yet it's hard to deny that it covers an enormous range of characters throughout "Doctor Who" history, right up to the end of 2012, as of this edition. Simple and visual it may be, but it's a useful, easy to use guide to everyone important over 49 years of the series. Extra bonus points for gi ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Jordan rated it liked it
This is a visually appealing guide that covers a fair amount of Doctor Who characters. Obviously it doesn't cover every single one since that would take a way bigger book, and it does favor the new series some. Characters like Sara Kingdom, the Quarks, and the Kandy Man are missing while characters like Grayle who play relatively more minor roles (I didn't even really remember Grayle at all until I read his description) are included. Some characters such as Jenny, Strax, and the Great Intelligen ...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
The "Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia" is a photographic collection of the hit BBC television series "Doctor Who." It's an ABC bind-up of every companion, alien, robot, and human that comes in contact with the Doctor. Full of colorful photos and details on every character, this encyclopedia is a must for every fan.

This was a great little bind-up. I've only been watching "Doctor Who" since the new series started in 2005, but I have managed to catch up on at least one episode (or one movie in the
May 01, 2015 Stan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A visually appealing book with colorful layouts, it does disappoint a bit with how little information about each character is included. I'm not sure that it was a good call to give characters like the Cybermen and Daleks the same amount of space as, say, Adipose. Also, the book is already feeling dated since it does not include Peter Capaldi or John Hurt. Still, an entertaining read, if a bit light, recommended for all the hard core Whovians out there in time and space.
Jan 20, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a really fun book and the entries aren't just on modern Who, so that's a nice feature.

It's obviously geared towards children, but (just like the show) it is still enjoyable for an adult to read. However, that means that the entries aren't exactly groundbreaking, nor are they particularly complex. If you are looking for in-depth analysis and detailed histories, I'm afraid you need to look elsewhere.

Still, it's cute and fun and nerdy so it gets 3.5 stars :)
May 23, 2013 Alan rated it liked it
As character guides for a television show goes this is one of the better efforts, and I think much better than DK Book's other recent genre effort the Star Wars Clone Wars Character Guide. The information is very recent as it includes all of the doctors (except Peter Cushing) and many of the companions, including Clara.

There is a nice use of color photography where available, but I think the book places too much emphasis on the characters introduced during the 10th and 11th doctors tour of duty.
Jaime Hendrickson
Jan 05, 2015 Jaime Hendrickson rated it really liked it
Shelves: tv-shows
I bought this book for Christmas for my 9 year old daughter. We love th show but I thought the book would be more on the childish side since that's what it as written for however I found myself stealing it from her constantly lol. She goes to be reading it and wakes up with it missing. It really went over all the characters of the series, Drs, and companions. Also it was only 11.99 price can't be beat!!!
Feb 04, 2014 Elsa rated it it was ok
As a long time Doctor Who fan (pre-remake), I don't know what I was expecting, but somehow I was expecting more. More indepth, maybe? I found it a little disappointing that each Doctor received only one page, so equal time and value was placed on characters from one episode. I know it's my own bias, but my favorite characters seemed a little short changed, and there was a little too much of telling us how great everything is, but since that is also my problem with the latest seasons, again, my b ...more
Lori Schiele
For anyone who is a Doctor Who fan (like I am), this is a must see book! It outlines the beasts and companions from all current 11 doctors--starting from Hartnell and ending with Matt Smith. The photographs are awesome and in no short supply.
It was a great day down "memory lane" with me exclaiming: "Hey! I remember them!"
I truly enjoyed the bit of nostalgia.
Jan 28, 2015 Kayla rated it it was amazing

Pun intended. I thought this was a great way to learn about the various reincarnations of The Doctor, his many companions, his many enemies, and all the other species he's encountered over the years without having to read a book that would be bigger than The Bible (let's get real, it would happen). I enjoyed the breakdown of all of the different aspects of the characters and creatures, and being told what planet they reign from, their special abilities, and what reincarnations of the
May 02, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
This was fun, but the format of it left something to be desired: each character got one page, whether that’s the Fourth Doctor who was there seven years or the Pirate Hugh Bonneville played in one episode with the Eleventh Doctor. It would have been nice to name the episodes for those characters who appeared only once. Borrowed from Interlibrary loan.
Stephen Purdy
Jun 07, 2015 Stephen Purdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, and light reference work. Has both classic Dr Who and modern Dr Who. Some elements are missing (for example the Dark Guardian is listed but not the White Guardian). So it's more a fun read/reference then a try collection for the researcher.
Dec 05, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Made it through the entire recent series and picking up a few of the old series as I have time. This book is a nice reminder of the many characters. To date, my favoirte are the Weeping Angles -creep me out more than any other villian introduced.
Oct 09, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
Kind of a tough call. On the one hand, it is useful to be able to look up someone and answer questions. And, it was a pleasant way to pass time. But a number of the entries seemed spoiler-y to me, and the costuming comments seemed odd: why would one draw a box around the observation that a companion's clothes were colorful? Do3esn't that seem like something the full-color photograph would cover? Since I'm not at all up on the first thirty years of the Doctor, it was helpful to learn about the co ...more
Laura Marinkovich
This book was such a fun bit of nostalgia. However, it's a bit behind and it was very vague. Part of me wanted it to delve into the characters and their connections more but it was a refreshing little memory jogger none the less.
I certainly expected more. I think there was not enough information about the most important characters, like the Doctors themselves, companions, and important enemies like Daleks. One page per character just wasn't enough.
Jun 06, 2014 Chloé rated it it was amazing
I loved this! The only thing I didn't like is some of the characters, especially newer companions, had very vague descriptions. Although, to be fair, certain people just can't be described in a few paragraphs. I did love the fact that they had a page for the TARDIS. This is a good book for any Whovian to review the series and to go over the characters.
Michael Otway
Jun 07, 2016 Michael Otway rated it it was ok
Pretty standard cash grab book. Nothing really of any interest inside. No extra or interesting information of any note. Something for the kids.
Rick Decorie
Jun 20, 2015 Rick Decorie rated it liked it
Met some characters from Classic Doctor Who that I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet. Look forward to seeing some old episodes with them.
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