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TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 1: William Hartnell

TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 1: William Hartnell [Kindle Edition]

Philip Sandifer
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In this newly revised and expanded first volume of essays adapted from the acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum you'll find a critical history of William Hartnell's three seasons of Doctor Who. TARDIS Eruditorum tells the ongoing story of Doctor Who from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day, pushing beyond received wisdom and fan dogma to understand that story not just as the story of a geeky sci-fi show but as the story of an entire line of mystical, avant-garde, and radical British culture. It treats Doctor Who as a show that really is about everything that has ever happened, and everything that ever will.

This volume focuses on the earliest years of the program, looking at how it emerged from the existing traditions of science fiction in the UK and how it quickly found its kinship with the emerging counterculture of the 1960s. Every essay from the Hartnell era has been revised and expanded from its original form, and the eight new essays exclusive to the collected edition have been augmented by a further eleven, providing nineteen book-exclusive essays on topics like what happened before An Unearthly Child, whether the lead character's name is really Doctor Who, and how David Whitaker created the idea of a Doctor Who novel. Plus, you'll learn:

How acid-fueled occultism influenced the creation of the Cybermen.

Why The Celestial Toymaker is irredeemably racist.

The Problem of Susan Foreman

About the Author

Philip Sandifer has a PhD in English focusing on film and media studies. He teaches and is a freelance writer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 377 pages
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  • Publisher: Eruditorum Press; 2 edition (12 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot be praised enough...! 28 Feb 2012
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This book is something very rare, in that it's something I feel I need to write a review on Amazon about. But for a Doctor Who fan that's looking for an intellectual critique of the programme that's still perfectly accessible, this is exactly spot on. Each story is put into its historical and cultural context with a brief round up of that month's charts and headlines, and then the story is analysed with intelligence and humour. It's really readable and the use of literary critical techniques is judged just right so that intelligent points are made without needing a degree to understand them.

There are also whole essays about other cultural goings-on of the time and also some entries cover some of the 90's novels set during the era.

This isn't even my favourite era of Dr Who but it's fascinating to see the evolution of the character interpreted by the author, and I very much look forward to his next volume!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great value 11 Feb 2012
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The Tardis Eruditorum is based on a blog of the same name-- a work in progress that has just now arrived at the Peter Davison era. So why spend 3 and a bit quid for something you can get free? The author has taken time to expand his blog with many additional entries and even change some of his raw reactions to the William Hartnell era whilst charmingly letting us know what his original opinion was.It is probably necessary to be a bit of a fan to get full value out of this book. (You need to have watched or listened to the stories), but the book puts the stories in their context both in terms of the program's history (both past and future) as well as the contemporary context. A well written and thought provoking book with some nice controversial opinions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 23 Oct 2013
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I was dubious of buying this book, thinking it yet another analysis of Doctor Who, but the Kindle version was cheap at the time so I thought, why not? I am very glad I did. Sandifer's analysis is always interesting and thought-provoking.

The one fly in the ointment was his review of The Ark. I could accept his criticisms of the racism in The Celestial Toymaker as I think the accusation of racism is warranted by the content of the story as bordacast and as novelised. However I am unconvinced by his criticisms of The Ark, as I just don't see the same pro-colonial and racist overtones that he sees in the story. Certainly his take on it is one possible interpretation, and whilst his arguments are plausible, they are not persuasive enough to carry the day. His very strong condemnation of what he sees as racism would be justified if he could prove beyond reasonable doubt that racism was present, but when he fails to do so I think he ought to have pulled his punches and qualified his condemnation somewhat to allow for the possibility that he had misinterpreted the text. What I am really saying is that the principle of innocent until proven guilty should apply, and since he fails to prove convincingly that the writer/producer/director/script editor are guilty of racism, it goes against any sense of fair play to see them condemend in such strong terms.

That is however only one minor point in what is overall a very impressive book.

This is actually the first review I have ever written on Amazon (or anywhere) and I like to think Dr Sandifer would be pleased that his book was thought-provoking enough to prompt me to review it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous new angle 23 Dec 2013
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I love Eruditorum. I discovered the series in the Kindle book store (I have not been a follower of the blog) and love his approach to the history of Doctor Who. His essays (blogs) are always well written, develop themes across the different eras of Who and make their points with the assured confidence only a thoroughly well researched devotee of Doctor Who can achieve. I do not agree with everything he writes (and I am sure he would be upset if I did) but the case presented in Eruditorum make you analyse your own views properly rather than simply disregard someone else's opinion simply because you do not agree with it.
I have just finished the first Tom Baker volume (same review applies to all volumes, truth be told) and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalments.
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