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A brilliant critical analysis of Matt Smith's first year as the Doctor,
This review is from: Doctor Who: the Pandorica Opens: Exploring the Worlds of the Eleventh Doctor (Paperback)
Frank Collins' book is not so much a review of each of the thirteen episodes in Matt Smith's first series as the Doctor, but an in depth academic-level examination of the stories, drawing on self-analysis, literary criticism, and references to other non-Who related critical texts. His stunningly detailed approach not only pulls apart the inner workings of the themes, imagery and characters, but encourages new ways of looking and thinking of the stories, comparing and contrasting these episodes to a myriad of other works, with a specific fondness for Peter Pan.
Although you may not be convinced by every one of his comparisons and observations, so much of the book will show you a new way of looking and thinking about this wonderful series of the programme, which is a wonderful, exciting feeling, especially if you are already over familiar with the episodes in question.
It's not always an easy book to read due to the density of the references, and if there are future volumes I would hope that he eases up on the quotations and injects some of his own personal critique of the show instead, at it is in those moments that the book really shines.
Nevertheless this is an impressive work, imbued with so much analytical love and passion, and is an absolute must-read for any fan captivated by Moffat's vision of the programme thus far.
(Note to the potential purchaser: Amazon lists this item permanently as "temporarily out of stock". It isn't out of stock; each order just comes through the publisher rather than being stored in their warehouse, so order away!)