Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition

Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition by Simon GuerrierDoctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records: Official Timey-Wimey Edition by Simon GuerrierDoctor 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.

Published January 2, 2018. A fact-packed, full-color illustrated collection of records that celebrates the best, biggest and most memorable moments from the world of Doctor Who. Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records is a handy compilation of the greatest—and strangest—details from the brilliant, imaginative world of Doctor Who. Bursting with firsts and bests both human and alien, this expansive compendium has the answer to any and every question about the Doctor, his companions and adversaries, and his adventures through time and space. Discover a multi-universe of astounding facts, figures, and fun—from the biggest explosion in the universe to the first human to time-travel; from the longest fall through space to the shortest life-form that ever lived—inside this ultimate must-have reference. Filled with full-color images throughout, Doctor Who: The Book of Whoniversal Records is a must for every Doctor Who devotee everywhere . . . and everywhen. A Whovian twist on bestselling gift reference books such as The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, this informative and entertaining digest features a cool graphic cover with special effects that reflects the Doctor Whoaesthetic.

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JANA NYMAN, with us since January 2015, is a freelance copy-editor who has lived all over the United States, but now makes her home in Colorado with her dog and a Wookiee. Jana was exposed to science fiction and fantasy at an early age, watching Star Wars and Star Trek movie marathons with her family and reading works by Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury WAY before she was old enough to understand them; thus began a lifelong fascination with what it means to be human. Jana enjoys reading all kinds of books, but her particular favorites are fairy- and folktales (old and new), fantasy involving dragons or other mythological beasties, contemporary science fiction, and superhero fiction. Some of her favorite authors are James Tiptree, Jr., Madeleine L'Engle, Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, and Seanan McGuire.

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