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The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011 (edition 2010)

by Steven Moffat, Various, Clayton Hickman (Editor)

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Title:The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011
Authors:Steven Moffat
Other authors:Various, Clayton Hickman (Editor)
Info:Random House UK (2010), Hardcover, 128 pages
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Okay, it's a little weird to be reading a guide to the first series of eleventh Doctor adventures just after the last one has gone out, but whatever. The Brilliant Book 2011 is a charming guide to the 2010 series, but much more besides-- it's filled with interviews, original fiction, and goofy features like a map of Amy Pond's hometown of Leadworth, instructions for dancing like the Doctor, "twitbook" and updates from Rory's stag party. I appreciate that they got Brian W. Aldiss(!) to write fiction for the book, but "Umwelts for Hire" didn't entirely come off, I'm afraid. The book is gorgeous overall; I love Anthony Dry's collage illustrations for each episode, and Paul Lang's visual design is top-notch.
  Stevil2001 | Oct 21, 2013 |
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Having read all but two of the Old Who annuals, and most of the new ones as well, I can say this is one of the best large-format annual-style books to be associated with the Who franchise. The core of it is a combination of two-page reviews of the 13 episodes of 2010, plus interviews with the cast and crew; but there are lots of joyous extras as well, including a page of teasers for the 2011 stories (only two of which I recognise) and a rather joyous look at the past appearances of vampires and other blood-sucking horrors in Who (including a lovely reference to The Chase).

There are also two original short stories, one of them being a brief but effective retake by David Llewellyn of Malcolm Hulke's prologue to Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters, the other a story of mind-altering drugs, exploration of inner space and a corrupt political system by none other than Brian Aldiss, who I had not identified as a Who fan before I got this book. Not totally successful as a story - Amy sidelined, Doctor slightly out of character, and odd pacing - but interesting all the same. This engagement of some of the major figures of the genre has happened under Moffatt rather than Davies; to pick only the most obvious examples, while ten years ago a Who novel by Moorcock and an episode by Gaiman would of course have seemed impossible, they would not have seemed a lot more likely five years ago either. Looking forward to the Second Doctor novel by ******* ******. ( )
  nwhyte | Jul 3, 2011 |
Highly enjoyable book, which is essentially a hardback magazine without advertisements. It includes a variety of different articles, interviews and fiction.

Some of the more interesting parts include a page of what will happen in the 2011 series intermingled with flat out lies about the series, making it up to the reader to decide which they are hoping to occur.

I also enjoyed the production interviews with the cast and the crew. I imagine some of this is redundant for many, but as I have not seen the Confidential series, it was a lot of fun for me!

Note that the cover is slightly metallic, which comes off nicer than it sounds like it would. ( )
  casperthegoth | Feb 24, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Clayton Hickmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lang, PaulDesignermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnopp, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Binding, LeeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, BenjaminContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dry, AnthonyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gatiss, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geraghty, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gold, MurrayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, LeeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Llewellyn, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moffat, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, BenIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pegg, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, GarethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, DarrenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, OliContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Celebrate the rebirth of the UK's number one drama series with this hardback, containing everything you need to know about the eleventh Doctor's first year. Explore Amy Pond's home village, Leadworth, read a lost section from Churchill's memoirs that covers his adventures with the Doctor, and learn all about the legend of the Weeping Angels.… (more)

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