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The Visual Dictionary was an illustrated guide to BBC Wales Doctor Who. As of January 2015, five editions had been published. The inaugural edition was published coincident with the broadcast of Smith and Jones in 2007. A revised edition was released in Matt Smith's first year as the Eleventh Doctor, and a second revised edition was released following Peter Capaldi's first year as the Twelfth Doctor. In 2015 it was combined with Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia (Updated Edition) to create The Complete Visual Collection.

2007 edition[edit | edit source]

The first edition of The Visual Dictionary focused mainly on the first two years of BBC Wales Doctor Who, examing the Ninth Doctor and the early days of the Tenth Doctor.

Chapters[edit | edit source]

(Featuring artwork by Peter McKinstry)
(Featuring artwork by Peter McKinstry)
(Featuring artwork by John Maloney)
(Featuring artwork by Richard Bonson)

Notable features[edit | edit source]

  • This well-illustrated hardback volume, complete with an embedded blue glass Dalek eye on the cover, conforms to the publisher (Dorling Kindersley)'s usual high standard of visual guides, offering annotated and cut-away photographs/illustrations throughout.
  • The attention to detail is impressive, even including the exhibits in Henry van Statten's collection.
  • The fold-out "Inside the TARDIS" pages are themselves stunning and, for the first time ever, reveal the concept drawings of the whole TARDIS in all its sceptre-shaped glory, and include the "Nerve Centre" (aka console) layout.

2009 edition[edit | edit source]

This US edition of The Visual Dictionary was updated and expanded to cover the first four years of BBC Wales Doctor Who, examining the Ninth and Tenth Doctors.

Chapters[edit | edit source]

(Featuring artwork by Peter McKinstry)
(Featuring artwork by John Maloney)
(Featuring artwork by Richard Bonson)

Notable features Edit[edit | edit source]

  • This updated and expanded hardback volume conforms to the publisher (Dorling Kindersley)'s usual high standard of visual guides, offering annotated and cut-away photographs/illustrations throughout.
  • The attention to detail is impressive, even including the exhibits in Henry van Statten's collection.
  • The fold-out "Inside the TARDIS" pages depict the 10th Doctor's TARDIS interior's console room layout.

2010 edition[edit | edit source]

The second edition was a greatly expanded illustrated guide to Doctor Who — from its return in 2005, up to and including the Eleventh Doctor's first series.

Chapters[edit | edit source]

featuring illustration by Lee Binding
featuring illustration by Peter McKinstry
featuring illustration by James Southall
featuring illustration by John Malony
featuring illustration by Richard Bonson
featuring illustration by Peter McKinstry

Notable features[edit | edit source]

  • Following the format of the previous edition, this well-illustrated hardback volume, conforms to the publisher (Dorling Kindersley)'s usual high standard of visual guides, offering annotated and cut-away photographs/illustrations throughout.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Reproducing some of the content from Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary first published in 2007, this expanded edition is fully updated to include all stories up to the end of Series 5.
  • Topics from the first release whose references are significantly reduced include Jackie Tyler, Pete Tyler, Abzorbaloff, Van Statten's Vault, Nanogenes, John Lumic, Parallel Worlds, Robotic mercenaries, and the Last Great Time War.
  • On the Master's entry it is stated that John Simm portrayed the seventeenth form of the Master. It could be noted that at the time Alex Macqueen and Titan comics' "Asian child" incarnations were not introduced yet.

2014 edition[edit | edit source]

A new volume billed The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded was released in 2014, this time covering Doctor Who up to and including the eighth series and the Twelfth Doctor. The book comes with a lenticular cover picture consisting of the 12th Doctor in front of the TARDIS with open doors, the 12th Doctor vanishing in a flash of light in front of the TARDIS with open doors, and the TARDIS with closed doors and its top light turned on.

Chapters[edit | edit source]

featuring illustration by Peter McKinstry
featuring illustration by James Southall
featuring illustration by John Malony
featuring illustration by Richard Bonson
featuring illustration by Peter McKinstry

Notable features[edit | edit source]

  • Following the format of the previous edition, this well-illustrated hardback volume, conforms to the publisher (Dorling Kindersley)'s usual high standard of visual guides, offering annotated and cut-away photographs/illustrations throughout.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Reproducing some of the content from Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary first published in 2010, this updated and expanded edition includes all stories up to the end of series 8.

2015 edition[edit | edit source]

This is a US softcover edition released in 2015. This is essentially the same as the 2014 edition with a different cover and slightly smaller measuring only 10 1/8" x 12". It spans series 1-8 featuring the then current Twelfth Doctor.

Chapters[edit | edit source]

featuring illustration by Peter McKinstry
featuring illustration by James Southall
featuring illustration by John Malony
featuring illustration by Richard Bonson
featuring illustration by Peter McKinstry

Notable features[edit | edit source]

  • Following the format of the previous edition, this well-illustrated softback volume, conforms to the publisher (Dorling Kindersley)'s usual high standard of visual guides, offering annotated and cut-away photographs/illustrations throughout.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Reproducing some of the content from Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary first published in 2010, this newer edition includes all stories up to the end of Series 8.
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