This is the perfect companion to re-watching (and re-enjoying) old eps of Doctor Who. Miles and Wood - though undoubtedly fanboys - are careful to make sure that their guide to the Doctor Who universe doesn't scare off outsiders, and is accessible and interesting throughout. The masterstroke here is placing each story in the wider cultural context it emerged from, so we see 70s trends - robots, Kung-Fu, Star Wars - as well as 70s politics - filter through the series as it enters the period widely acknowledged as its golden era.
A few criticisms - this is, at heart, a fanzine, albeit a beautifully produced one, and as such has retained some of the less-likable traits of sc-fi fandom. The most annoying of these, to me, was a strand of pseudery most evident in an essay on the philosophical ethics of the show, which seeks to find Utilitarian themes in "Robot", Tom Baker's debut story (really). The authors seem less sure of their philosophy than their TV history, yet seem determined to brazen it out. Fortunately, this is right at the start, and this lapse into the didactic is never repeated. So what we're left with, for the most part, is a fun, enjoyable, interesting, engaging and thorough (Lord, is it thorough!) discussion of the themes and preoccupations of everyone's favourite TV show. It's also very funny - I laughed out loud more than once.
Oh, and Star Trek is regularly dissed, too, which can only be for the good.