The Vault is an unforgettable journey through 50 years of Doctor Who, via carefully selected photos, props, costume designs, memos, letters, script pages and more. Select and enlarge any image, and delve deeper into a number of products featured in its pages: sample chapters from books, pages from the first issue of Doctor Who Magazine, and clips from audio releases THE DEAD SHOES, THE PESCATONS and GENESIS OF THE DALEKS.
This is the full and official story of Doctor Who, from the first pre-production memos in 1963 to the most recent props created for the 2013 series, including interviews with key contributors and scores of prop photos, design sketches and behind the scenes stills from every decade of the show's production. Taking you year by year through the world's longest running science fiction series, Marcus Hearn explores the show's groundbreaking innovations as well as its impact on popular culture through books and comics, magazines and toys, merchandise and ephemera.
The Vault is a collector’s dream and the ultimate celebration of Doctor Who.
A nice companion to the book itself
I bought the actual book and then (at first) downloaded a sample of this. First impressions on this interactive version are that the small print on certain articles are easier to read plus you can double click on any picture to enlarge and view separately. It's also easier to read on the go as the book is quite large and bulky (which is not a bad thing). It also looks stunning on a retina iPad!
I am happy with both versions of this excellent book.
Bigger on the inside
As author Marcus Hearn bills it, The Vault is 'a journey through the greatest Doctor Who museum that never was.' Even at full price, the admission fee is worth it (and at currently £2.99, even more so).
Rather than slavishly detailing each episode, Hearn highlights year on year how the programme came about and how quickly it anchored itself in pop culture. The book is illustrated with props, memos and examples of merchandising as the programme slipped away from the confines of the small screen into a larger world.
A fun feature of reading this book on iPad is that you can manipulate images and move them around the page. A great read and undeniably one of the publishing highlights in the anniversary year.
Especially at the knocked down price!