Since we’re among friends, I think it’s safe to make you all jealous by telling you how many books I got for Christmas. Are you ready? I think you’ll be shocked and amazed…
Yup, you read that right. One single, solitary book for Christmas. But am I crying? No siree, Bob! Because the book I received is an absolute cracker of a read – and best of all, I didn’t even know it existed!
So what was this intriguing, involving and all around excellent book? Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time by Simon Guerrier, Steve O’Brien and Ben Morris.
Now, if you aren’t a fan of Doctor Who you can probably switch off now because I’m not sure you’ll appreciate how kick-ass this book really is. If you are still reading, I will assume that you too are a fan of all things Who, so here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Captivating, intriguing, beautiful and strange, Whographica explores the rich universe of Doctor Who like no book before it. Through creative visualisations, infographics, charts, maps and more, it offers a unique introduction to the extraordinary worlds of the show – from the Doctor’s family tree to the strangest weapons in the universe; from a star chart showing the exact co-ordinates of Gallifrey to a flow diagram of allegiances between Daleks and Cybermen throughout history.
Bursting with colour, expert knowledge, and fun, Whographica will delight new and long-term fans alike. And, like the show it celebrates, it will make you see the world in an entirely new way.
If you, like me, are a fan of Doctor Who and would like to extend your Who-related knowledge, but lack the time to watch every episode ever made or read long nonfiction texts about the series, its creators, its social impact and other bits of Who-minutiae, you should really get your paws on this book. Every single page in it has an infographic about some fascinating aspect of the show – from the Doctors themselves to the actors who played them, from when and where particular episodes were screened, to the frequency of words used in their titles, from the comparative appearances of cybermen to daleks, to the percentages of male-to-female job roles in the production team – this book will tell you every little thing you ever needed to know about Doctor Who.
Best of all, for someone like me who likes a bit of variation in illustrative style, the infographic designs range widely. There are some infographics packed full of graphs and bits and bobs, like the pages devoted to each specific Doctor:
Note the pictograph showing relative heights of each doctor!! There are geographical infographics galore – this particular one shows all the countries in which 50th Anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor was simultaneously screened:
There are many infographics devoted to the Doctors’ companions, like this one about Sarah Jane Smith:
There are plenty of infographics that just have interesting facts that you may never have considered. This one, for instance, names the six episodes in which every speaking character, not including the Doctor and his companion/s, ends up dead:
Don’t be too downhearted though, because this infographic is a companion to an earlier one, which shows all the episodes in which everyone lives.
For us bookish folk, there’s even a graphic showing the dominant colours on the covers of all the published Doctor Who novelisations!
Truly, I was immediately engrossed in this nifty, satisfyingly chunky book as soon as I unwrapped it and I have had it on my shelfside table ever since. I will no doubt be dipping into this one for a long time to come yet and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who considers themselves part of the Doctor Who fandom.
Did the Annual Gift Man leave any book-shaped packages under your tree last year?
Until next time,