When I was a little girl, I had a lot of Where's Wally? books (or Where's Waldo? for the confused Americans) that I could spend ages pouring over, seeking out the characters and looking through the different scenarios. Those that I didn't own, I would find in my school library, where I would sit in the reading corner and adore the imagination of it all.
I'm now without my Where's Wally? books and it has been years since I have flipped through the pages of one, absorbed in its wonders. When I discovered 'Where's the Doctor?' I knew I had to have it. To my dismay, it was soon out of stock over at the Book Depository and someone at Amazon was asking over $100 for a copy. So, I put myself on a list to be informed when it was back in stock at the Book Depository and I snatched it up as soon as it was.
The book is illustrated by Jamie Smart and is an absolute treasure. In each scene you must try and spot the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the TARDIS, amongst hoards of aliens, some plenty more villainous than others.
I suppose the book is marketed at children but really it is for all avid Doctor Who fans. I found it plenty hard to spot some things, particularly Rory in the Adipose Nursery. He had to be found by one of my friends, even though it turned out he was right where I had been looking for him.
The aliens in 'Where's the Doctor?' are just so...cute - with the exception of the Daleks - but still look like themselves. Each scene was busy and comical and so fun to look through. Whether it was a Sontaran in a 'Kiss the Cook' apron or an Ood in an igloo, there was always something new happening in the picture that you could find.
What I found peculiar was the inclusion of Fido the Dog, Fido's Dinner and Fido's Ball. They did not seem to immediately factor into the realms of Doctor Who. I couldn't understand why K-9 or the Sonic Screwdriver weren't used instead. These three things are not in every scene but are scattered throughout the book. With the exception of Fido's Ball, I could not find any of them myself, whereas my friend, Alexis, could. She proved quite skilled at finding what I couldn't. However, I later discovered that FIDO was the original name for K-9. I'm discovering more and more!
At the end of the book, there is a check list of a whole lot of new things to find in each scene. A few of the things included I had seen in my original search but there are so many waiting to be spotted. I am sure I will have lots of fun ahead of me seeking them all. Even K-9 is somewhere within these pages...
To finish it all off there is a Spot the Difference, where you must look over two different illustrations of the Pandorica and find the ten differences between them. So far I have found two.
'Where's the Doctor?' is a splendid book which I am glad to have purchased. A must-own for all avid Doctor Who fans. I would be quite keen to see more of them in future, although that might be wishful thinking.* Until then, I have plenty more things to find!
In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer purchased this book. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of BBC Children’s Books and is used solely as an aide to the review.