The Brilliant Book 2012 is a behind-the-scenes illustrated guide to Series 6 of the new series of the show published in 2011. It features information from both an in-universe and real world perspective and new stories.[1]

Publisher's summary[]

The indispensable official guide to Series 6 of Doctor Who!

Packed with unseen photographs and original artwork and illustrations, The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 is your indispensable guide to Series 6 of Doctor Who.

Weaving fact and fiction, interviews and information, the Brilliant Book boasts brand new material from the writers of the TV show, including Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts, Matthew Graham, Tom MacRae and Steve Thompson, plus exclusive extras from Neil Gaiman. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston take us behind the scenes in revealing new interviews, while showrunner Steven Moffat unravels the secrets of the scripts.

Learn the art of making a memorable monster, discover how the show's secrets are kept, and see a full episode by episode guide, including deleted scenes and hidden gems you might have missed. Find out who legendary Time Lord The Corsair really was, and voyage with the Pirate crew of the good ship Fancy before they heard the Siren's song; discover the full story of the fight for Ganger rights and get a taste of the future with Dorium Maldovar.

The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 — no TARDIS traveller should be without it!

The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 contains the code for a free download of Eleventh Doctor audiobook, Doctor Who: Night of the Humans (produced by AudioGo) by David Llewellyn.


Features (Fictional Context)[]


  • None. In lieu of original prose fiction, the book instead features a number of features presented in historical context, featuring characters from the various episodes.

Comic strip[]

Episodes (behind the scenes)[]


  • "The Doctor is a thrill-seeker. He's addicted to it." - Interview with Matt Smith.
  • "Once Amy's gone, she's gone. Death could be an option." - Interview with Karen Gillan.
  • "He's still Rory, still panicky and nervous, but he's more of a man." - Interview with Arthur Darvill.
  • "I should, in theory, be kissing the Doctor a lot more now." - Interview with Alex Kingston.
  • "I'm not writing for diehard fans. I'm writing for the other 100% of the audience." - Interview with Steven Moffat.

Behind the scenes[]


  • The Changing Hats of Doctor Who