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May 19th, 2020 18 comments

Doctor Who The Monster Vault Hardcover

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Doctor Who’s biggest and most comprehensive monster guide yet, The Monster Vault takes you on the ultimate tour of the Whoniverse, discovering and cataloguing every wonderful and terrifying creature the Doctor has ever encountered.

From the notorious Daleks, to the evil Stenza warrior T’zim-Sha and the ancient Thijarians, The Monster Vault features in-depth profiles on each monster, showing the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies in their natural habitat and unveiling their secret histories. You will also discover how monsters were created and designed, through exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, anecdotes, case studies and unseen artwork.

This lavish and visually stunning book provides an unrivalled wealth of information, allowing you to explore the rich history of Doctor Who and expand your knowledge and understanding of monsters old and new.

Doctor Who: The Monster Vault is published on 22nd October 2020 by BBC Books, priced £25

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  • Moxx of Who

    October 30th, 2020 - 4:48pm

    I got this book today and whilst its a gorgeous catalogue of Monsters and enemies, to say it has every single monster is a white lie. Whilst some are obviously more villain’s like Cassandra and The Wire; there’s quite a lot of omissions. I’ve looked at monsters from New Who only, but I can tell there’s a fair few missing from Classic Who, but there’s no pages for; The Handbots, Sun Possessed, The Peg Dolls, The Repears, The Midnight Monster, Gameshow robots, The Smilers, Eknodines, The Siren, Headless Monks, Sandmen, Time Beetle, Futurekind, Hoix, Isolus, Graske, Emojibots or The Pandorica Alliance is briefly mentioned but scarcely.
    I can understand maybe why some might not appear but I’m sure a smaller page wouldn’t have been an issue. Perhaps if there is to be a Villain version, they will all be included in some form. It’s also rather odd to have Brannigan, Bannakafalata, the Vinvocci, the Tritovoeres and the Tivolians, considered as monsters and have Zellin and Rakaya considered as Monsters, but overall its a must buy and I would say its quite grown up in its content. It’s got lots of new information.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    October 22nd, 2020 - 7:47pm

    I got this today. The full page monster images are stunning.

    If you like your monsters then i highly recommend this. It’s the sort of book where you wish every image was a poster on your wall growing up.

  • Anonymous

    May 20th, 2020 - 1:04pm

    Pleeeease be a continuation of the old monsters and villains books from the RTD era

  • Mrs Croot

    May 20th, 2020 - 9:43am

    12 are new who
    6 are Jodie
    5 are series 12 (Resolution was on the boxset of series 12)
    3 Tennant originating monsters
    and 3 Smith originating monsters

    They really could have done better, and if they’re going to do new series monsters, then spread it across all the doctors.

    (There are no 9th doctor monsters or anything that started from Capaldi)

  • Wayne

    May 19th, 2020 - 9:43pm

    Awful cover, far too much new era stuff and no nod to the rich past

    • BigBangTwo

      May 20th, 2020 - 1:21pm

      These books have always emphasised the incumbent era, usually to an even higher extent than seen here.

  • Collector

    May 19th, 2020 - 8:54pm

    Why does the cover feature so many monsters for Jodie’s era though? Of all the monsters there have been, feels like odd choices, especially monsters who have had one episode and didn’t stand out

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2020 - 9:46pm

      Because she is the current doctor.

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2020 - 11:13pm

      When is this out please?

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2020 - 1:30am


    • Collector

      May 20th, 2020 - 9:16am

      She may be the current Doctor, but the book covers the whole history of monsters, so surely the cover should reflect that

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2020 - 2:54pm

      Every book of this kind released since the return has favoured the current doctor at time of publication. Besides… it’s just a cover

    • Anonymous

      May 21st, 2020 - 7:00am

      Because the cover is made to increase sales of the book (which showing the latest “monsters” that have appeared on TV would do), not to make old-school fans happy.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 19th, 2020 - 2:09pm

    Not keen on the cover art. I don’t even know what that is in the triangle bottom right.

    • bryan

      May 19th, 2020 - 2:15pm

      It could be a Hoix. It is a very odd cover design. Hopefully we will see more layout content nearer the time.

    • David

      May 19th, 2020 - 2:36pm

      It’s a Dreg from “Orphan 55”

    • Anonymous

      May 19th, 2020 - 4:26pm


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 19th, 2020 - 2:08pm

    I’d love to see sample pages of this. It’s of definite interest as long as it’s similar to The Dalek book or The Vault rather than a children’s book.


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