Philip Sandifer is back, yes, he's back, with another brilliant edition of TARDIS Eruditorum, a critical, ethical, cultural, ontological, metafictional, aesthetic and production study of Doctor Who, this time covering the Philip Hinchcliffe era of Tom Baker's years. (The next volume will deal with the second half of Tom Baker's career under Graham Williams and John Nathan Turner as producers.) Sandifer started this project as a blog and these books compile all of his Doctor Who entries, plus some new just-for-the-book entries, into a very well-produced, readable volume.
Sandifer is a talented writer who artistically/creatively forms his arguments, defenses, and examinations for some of the most popular, well-known Doctor Who serials. He is very thorough and even critical at times, but his goals and methods are to expose the avant-garde, alchemical, and even mystical nature of Doctor Who, such as the fact that The Deadly Assassin deals with the dreamscape/conspiracy surrounding Kennedy's assassination as a point of origin and death in Doctor Who.
The Brain of Morbius, with its mad and brilliant marvels, creates a thread for alchemy in material social progress. He even explores how the Time Lords are agents of history, not time, and how they become subjects of history in trying to change Dalek history in Genesis of the Daleks. Overall, Sandifer creates a brilliant book/series that is unlike many cultural, critical studies of Doctor Who, and that is a good thing. Reexamining the past at times can lead to new interpretations and new paths for the future.