The world of Doctor Who is massive, with all of the planets traveled, aliens encountered and times visited. I mean after all, you’re talking about all of time & space here.
As a relatively recent Whovian myself, only having gotten into Doctor Who since the introduction of the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) in 2005, a new comprehensive encyclopedia is something I’ve been waiting a long time for. And now it’s here.
Written by former Doctor Who script editor Gary Russell, the app is the ultimate guide to seven years of thrilling Doctor Who adventures, which includes up to date information on every episode since the show’s return to our screens in 2005. It allows you to scroll your way through a complete A-Z of the show and explore and search thousands of entries by series or episode. You will discover the Doctor’s fiercest enemies, closest allies and key places and objects and have the opportunity to preview and buy those must-have episodes.
The encyclopedia app contains over 3,000 entries and each entry includes links to episodes, people, places and objects related to it. Additionally, each entry has an episode reference, allowing you to search the Encyclopedia by episode or series – so you can find out all you ever need to know about the Doctor, his allies, enemies and everywhere he’s ever visited. You can also preview episodes and buy your favorites directly from iTunes.
The app also contains 11 unique portals – special interactive entries, for the Doctor, Amy, Rory, River and other major characters in the show. The Doctors’ portal uses parallax technology which allows users to move their iPad to scroll through a 3D environment, featuring the Doctor’s closest companions and deadliest enemies.
The Doctor Who Encyclopedia (iPad version) costs $6.99 (and worth the cost in my opinion) and is exclusively for the Apple iPad, but is also available in hardcover as well. As much as I would love to get the iPad app version, I just simply do not have an iPad, nor will I be able to afford one anytime soon. It looks as if the only way I’ll get to enjoy any of what this encyclopedia has to offer is to invest in the hardcover version, though I’ll be missing out on the interactive elements. You can find the hardcover edition through any book retailer such as Barnes & Noble (ranging in price from $26.19 on up) or Amazon.com (retails $26.39).
If you like the Doctor Who Encyclopedia, then you may also be interested in these other Doctor Who titles:
Doctor Who: The TARDIS Handbook (prices ranging from $13.34 and up [independent sellers] on Amazon.com)
Doctor Who: The Time Traveller’s Almanac (retails $27.99 at Amazon.com)
Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia (retails $11.55 at Amazon.com)
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Monster Guide (retails $18.47 at Amazon.com)
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by John Minton