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The Doctor Who Official Annual 2022 is part of the BBC Children's Books range published by Puffin Books and written and designed by Paul Lang. As a collector of the Doctor Who annuals range since their first publication in 1964 by World Distributors and featuring the first incarnation of Doctor Who, played by William Hartnell, it has been interesting to see how the annual has changed from text story volumes to photographic representations of the current series. This current 2022 annual concentrates on the last broadcast season and includes the Doctor's prison diary, three puzzles, articles on enemies such as the Weeping Angels, the Daleks, the Ood and the Silence, a feature on the Timeless Child and the Doctor's hidden history. Finally, I was excited to see there was a Time Lord Victorious picture strip story spread throughout the annual, featuring the Daleks and their golden Emperor Dalek, who first appeared back in the mid-1960s on the back pages of TV21 comic. Disappointingly, at the end of part 4 was a box which stated: To be continued on the official Doctor Who YouTube channel. As Time Lord Victorious was an event under licence from the BBC, and the annual is published under licence from the BBC, then why not include the whole story in comic strip form? This seriously let the annual down. On a positive note, the annual still makes a great gift at Christmas for any Doctor Who fan.
This is a quality hard back book but is very thin on content..the arrivals are short and the number of pages is very limited for the price. Disappointing yes that the BBC didn’t put more effort in to merchandising such a flagship show
Like with most Dr who Annuals it is two dimensional story telling and could relate to any basic Dr Character, really just for collectors who want the set. To my mind it reflects the current female Dr Who Character who regretfully has not brought a female perspective to the worlds of Dr Who. A missed opportunity here.