The arrival of the Doctor Who Annual for 2010 brought back many happy childhood memories to me. Those sepia coloured moments recalling where time spent during Boxing Days, dressed in gaudy coloured pyjamas, stuffing my face with chocolate and tangerines and my head stuck between the covers of that years Doctor Who Annual.
These days the annual (or yearbook as it was once called) is a lot more polished than it was in my day and is more reliant on the TV series as well. The content here focuses mainly on David Tennantâ€™s era, understandable really as his era is about to come to an end so itâ€™s a nostalgic release paying tribute to his time. Thereâ€™s also a lot of puzzles and quizzes to try out, and even a piece to discover what kind of alien you are! All light fluff its true but this isnâ€™t aimed at hardcore fans, this is for the casual, young viewer who enjoys the series because itâ€™s a fun distraction not because they memorise the cast and crew lists each week. If anyone is interested I turned out to be a Cyberman!
Elsewhere in the book we’re treated to some of the more recent adventures charting The Children Of Time, presents a list of Earth Invaders and Alien Armies and a take on The Next Doctor. Written in the same style as the DWA comic these are quick bites filled with little nuggets of information. The obligatory look at past Doctors is here but the classic series isnâ€™t really touched upon after this.
Comic strips The Vortex Code and Health & Safety are as light as the rest of the book and will probably be skipped over by older readers.
All-in-all this is a great little book for the young niece or nephew in your life and with the words â€œThe 10th Doctorâ€™s Last Annual!â€ written boldly across the back, it heralds a new period for the show and a nice farewell to DTâ€™s reign. Now where did I put that chocolate orange?
Get your copy of the Doctor Who Annual 2010 from Amazon now for just Â£3.99!