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Doctor Who - The Vault

Updated on October 30, 2014

I recently received Doctor Who - The Vault by Marcus Hearn for Christmas and I love it. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and, as everybody knows this, I regularly get Doctor Who related presents for Christmas and my birthday and I have many, many books about it. The Vault, however, is different to any other Doctor Who book I've seen. Its subtitle is 'Treasures from the First 50 years' and this is the thing that marks this book out as special; it's basically a Doctor Who museum in book form.

Starting with the foreword by the brilliant Steven Moffat, I could tell this book was going to be something special. It's packed full of information and fantastic illustrations, but the best thing for me with The Vault is that it doesn't stop at pictures of the cast or screen shots like most books do. Instead it is packed full of pictures of the kind of things you would see in a museum. It is laid out chronologically, year by year and in the 1963 section, for example, there are photos of newspaper and television guide cut-outs from the time of the first few episodes, photos of signed postcards of the cast and copies of original letters sent between people working at the BBC during the show's creation.

As you continue through the book you find pictures of Dalek toys and jigsaws, various alien costumes and much more. Each section also contains a full list of all the episodes shown that year, along with the original air date and writing, directing and producing credits.

The Vault is an absolutely fantastic, not to be missed addition to any Doctor Who fan's library.

Some great Doctor Who videos. I love the theme tunes compilation.

Doctor Who theme tune compilation

A video review of 'The Vault'

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