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Doctor Who: The Dangerous Book of Monsters (The Doctor’s Official Guide) by Justin Richards (2015)

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Doctor Who: The Dangerous Book of Monsters (The Doctor’s Official Guide)
by Justin Richards
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2015
176 pages

The Doctor Who series has introduced some of the most creative and terrifying monsters to the world, and Justin Richards collects a good number of them in The Dangerous Book of Monsters. A brief description, basic data (such as origin, speed, size, and “dangerous rating), and survival tips are included with each entry, along with color photographs and sketches throughout. The book is colorful and engaging, and will keep those interested in fighting these monsters busy for hours, studying each species’ weakness just in case they attack. The Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and Silents are all here, along with some lesser-celebrated baddies like the Foretold, Adipose, and Spoonheads.

Designed for children seven to eleven years old, The Dangerous Book of Monsters is an entertaining and attractive hardbound book. It ends with some sage advice from the time traveler from Gallifrey: “Do as I say. Always….Trust your instincts….Keep alert….If in doubt, hide….Failing that: run!” A great book for kids…and adults who refuse to grow up.

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Doctor Who: Bumper Activity Book (2011)

Doctor Who: Bumper Activity Book
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2012
80 pages

Something for all ages, this Doctor Who: Bumper Activity Book features crossword puzzles, word finds, spot the difference, and many more puzzles. It’s not all simple games, however. Some of the activities are very specific to particular episodes of the Doctor Who program. Others ask the reader to put events in order of when they appeared on the television show.

Whatever the age of the Doctor Who fan in your life, this book will keep him entertained for hours with stickers, coloring pages, and time-traveling trivia.

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Doctor Who: Postcards from Time and Space (2012)

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Doctor Who: Postcards from Time and Space
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2012

Many of the greatest scenes from Matt Smith’s first couple of seasons as the Doctor can be found in this wonderful collection of one hundred postcards. The Doctor is here, along with Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song. A good number of enemies are present as well, including Daleks, the Silence, and frequent visitors to my own nightmares, the Weeping Angels.

the eleventh doctor

These are not flimsy postcards like you will find in souvenir shops while vacationing. They are printed on high-quality, thick card stock with full-color photographs or artwork on the front, and space on the reverse for a short note to your friend and his address. The corner where the stamp goes features a silhouetted TARDIS, Dalek, or sonic screwdriver. It would almost be a shame to cover it up with a real stamp!

amelia pond

These cards are, of course, highly collectible. Doctor Who fans of all ages will absolutely love this set…but don’t expect to see the postcards go out in the mail. They are more likely to be taped up on bedroom walls or preserved in the TARDIS keepsake box, which is almost as exciting as the cards themselves.

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Doctor Who: Where’s The Doctor? by Jamie Smart

Doctor Who: Where’s The Doctor?
illustrations by Jamie Smart
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2011
40 pages

A collection of illustrations originally published in Doctor Who: Monster Invasion magazine, this book is a fantastic addition to any Doctor Who fan’s bookshelf. As you might have guessed, Doctor Who: Where’s The Doctor? is filled with “Where’s Waldo”-type puzzles in which you can search for the Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and the TARDIS as they hide among their enemies. An additional list of items can be spotted as well, including Fido the Dog, clowns, astronauts and more.

The amount of details included in each puzzle is mind-boggling. The Cyberfactory page is one of my favorites, featuring an overweight Cyberman munching on French fries, another sitting on the edge of the platform with a fishing pole, and another handing out ice cream cones. The page featuring The Silence was the most challenging for me; it took a good fifteen minutes to find the Doctor. After finding the Doctor and his friends, there is one additional puzzle at the end of the book in which the reader is challenged to spot ten differences.

Illustrator Jamie Smart does a marvelous job with the characters, from the Daleks to the Weeping Angels to the Slitheen. It is just as fun to look through the drawings as it is trying to find the Doctor’s hiding spot.

Doctor Who fans of all ages will love the challenges presented in Where’s The Doctor?

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Doctor Who: 100 Scariest Monsters (2011)

Doctor Who: 100 Scariest Monsters
BBC Children’s Books, Published by the Penguin Group, 2011
208 pages

You can try, but you will never convince me that “Doctor Who” is just a kids’ show. I believe this book, Doctor Who: 100 Scariest Monsters, backs up my belief. From the Daleks to the Cybermen, the Nestene Consciousness to the Silence, there have been some truly terrifying villains on this BBC television series.

“Doctor Who” is one of the longest-running television shows in the world, and has an insanely loyal fan base. Everyone has a different favorite Doctor, companion, and villain. This book covers all eras of the franchise, from the first Doctor’s enemies (War Machines, Zarbi) to the eleventh Doctor’s foes (Peg Dolls, Krafayis). Full-color photos (when available), a short description, and a “Fear Factor” meter round out each entry, along with which Doctors did battle with each monster. It goes without saying, this is a must-have book for “Doctor Who” fans.

The only shortcoming I see in this book is the omisson of episode titles. It may not be difficult to ascertain which episodes feature the Hoix by using other resources, but it would nice to have all the information in one place.

Which is your favorite monster? Personally, the Weeping Angels have given me nightmares, and I can’t wait to see what role they play in the upcoming episodes.

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