Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition by Simon Guerrier
It’s impossible to deny the appeal of acquiring trivia relevant to one’s interests or chosen fandom; whether slinging obscure Star Wars minutiae across a family dining table or competing against teams at a local bar’s Harry Potter-themed trivia contest, it’s always fun to discover what fan is truly the most committed. To that end, I present Simon Guerrier’s Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition (2018).
If you’ve ever wondered what the “greatest potential threat to Gallifrey” was, when the very first Dalek appeared on screen, or which of the various Companions appeared in the most episodes, that information and much, much more will be found within these pages. Perhaps you want to know which of the Doctors was the longest-lived, which Doctor had the best horsemanship, or who the Doctor’s greatest enemies were — in which case, this is definitely the book for you.
The Book of Whoniversal Records spans from the First Doctor to the Twelfth, and since Doctor Who is currently ongoing, it’s obvious that the records will need to be adapted and updated as the show continues its run. It’s noticeable that every Doctor mentioned has been a man, especially since the first-ever female Thirteenth Doctor recently made her debut in the 2017 Christmas episode, though fans will have to wait until late 2018 to see her in action. There’s also a truly impressive list of awards won by the show, which, again, will surely need to be amended as time continues marching forward.
I read this book with the full knowledge that I am not the target audience, and none of the details or trivia I learned persuaded me to give Doctor Who another try. But I’ve spoken with dyed-in-the-wool Whovian friends of mine, who universally agreed that Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records would be an invaluable resource for fans, and I am inclined to agree with them.