The time of another Doctor is almost at an end. This December we’ll say goodbye to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor and welcome Jodie Whitaker’s Thirteenth Doctor to the TARDIS. As with all Doctor farewells, it will be sad to see Capaldi go, but exciting to see what’s going to happen next with Whitaker. During these transitions, I always find myself revisiting one of my favorite Doctor Who books: Doctor Who The Encyclopedia: A Definitive Guide to Time and Space.
This guide has everything you might want to know about the show since it returned to our TV screens in 2005. The book was written by Gary Russell, who has been involved with Doctor Who in a number of ways over the years. It’s a well-organized A-to-Z guide that makes it easy to look up anything you’re wondering about characters, places, and more that the Doctor and companions have encountered since the new series began. It has a section in the beginning that lists numbers referenced on the show, from years visited by the Doctor to telephone numbers, and to go along with the great information packed within, the book features wonderful images that add to the fun of just looking through it every once in a while.
I love keeping this book handy even if there are no new episodes airing at the moment. That way I can easily look something up. It's always a lot of fun to revisit anytime I want to check on something related to the show, whether I’m discussing it with a friend, just watched an episode, or preparing for a new Doctor!
The book has been around for a while, so you’ll want to track down a newer, updated version for your bookshelf. It’s a must-read for any fan!