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Fascinating... Erudite, Even!,
This review is from: TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unauthorized Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 2: Patrick Troughton (Kindle Edition)
This is the second book based on the author's blog about Doctor Who. It analyses the series by going through it, story by story, and examining it with an academically critical eye.
This might not be to everyone's taste, and some people have derided it as being pretentious. Fortunately, being an English Literature graduate, pretension is right up my alley and I absolutely loved the book. Each entry starts by putting the story into some sort of historical context, and then goes on to have a look at what exactly is going on with these nearly 50 year old stories, often relating them to high concepts (alchemy being perhaps the most important in this volume). The author is unashamedly intellectual in his approach, treating fan criticism as a playground for academic discussion. This makes it sound quite dry perhaps, but the book is written with great humour and is very readable. It is certainly more interesting than continuity-obsessed spoddy reviews that aren't interested in such irrelevant things as, you know, the rest of the world...
The one chapter I didn't enjoy much was the one on The Invasion which is basically a 'what I did on my holiday in London' piece and is a little self-indulgent. Everything else was fascinating though, including chapters on stories I know nothing about.
Although the blog is obviously free and all the articles are still up, each entry has been lengthened and goes into more detail; perhaps the best thing to do is to try out the blog to see if you like the style. I love it, and look forward to the next volumes!