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Doctor Who” fans have something exciting to celebrate this holiday season: After a year-long break, the BBC series is back for a Christmas special titled, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” Airing on Christmas Day on BBC America, the superhero-themed episode will follow the Doctor as he teams up with a mysterious vigilantek The Ghost (Justin Chatwin), and a reporter (Charity Wakefield) to save New York City. What’s more festive than that?

To hold you over until it airs, here are three books every fan should have in their collection.

“‘Doctor Who’: A History of Humankind: The Doctor’s Official Guide”

Through his billions of years of time travel, the Doctor has met some of history’s most famous figures. This guide gives his honest (perhaps, at times, too honest) take on all of those important people.

$16.45 @ Amazon

“‘Doctor Who’: Character Encyclopedia”

Created in full collaboration with the producers of “Doctor Who,” the “‘Doctor Who’ Character Encyclopedia” includes an in-depth look at all 11 incarnations of the Doctor and more than 200 of his friends and foes.

$14.24 @ Amazon

“‘Doctor Who’: The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter”

For the real, candid story behind the BBC series and what it takes to create “Doctor Who,” we suggest reading this filmmaker-friendly book from Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook.

$24.95 @ Amazon

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