- Taschenbuch: 390 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4. April 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1484030230
- ISBN-13: 978-1484030233
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,2 x 21,6 cm
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TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 3: Jon Pertwee (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. April 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Philip Sandifer is a PhD in media studies, and the author of three books on Doctor Who at this point. And counting.
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It's a good read, though, finding nuggets of brilliance in episodes not generally thought to have them, and critiquing fan favorites. His salutes to David Whitaker and Robert Holmes convince, and his reading of and appreciation for Katy Manning and Pertwee himself (though not always when you'd expect it) repay reading. Sandifer continues to find the alchemy within Doctor Who, even at its most earthbound, drawing a convincing link between the series and William Blake, and coming up with a great theory of the Time Lords as they function, which explains the earthbound exile of the Doctor. Great fun, in short for the fan. I miss the warmth, though, which he brought to the two previous "Now My Doctor" essays, and which is lacking in this third.
I kind of ignore it when Tat Wood and Lawrence Miles are disparaging in About Time. They call themselves fans even as they don’t seem to really like the show. I started thinking about it more when I read Neil Perryman’s Adventures with the Wife in Space. By a large margin, Sue Perryman rates the Pertwee era the highest (with season 7 being by far the highest rated season) even as she dislikes Pertwee: “I won’t be disappointed to see him go.” Then, along comes Sandifer.
He makes no secret of his dislike of the Pertwee era, repeating that mantra in almost every essay to the point of tediousness. On the other hand, he generally makes an effort to find the positive in the show, and I respect that. He clearly makes himself out as someone who is a fan. His main complaints seem to fall into three categories: he doesn’t really like Pertwee as an actor, he doesn’t like the concept of the show during this period (glam meets action hero), and he doesn’t like the blatant male chauvinism that runs through the series at this point. All of which is fair, albeit a matter of taste to a certain extent.
Here’s the thing: though Sandifer seems to be aware of judging a show too much because of the period in which it’s made, that seems to me to be the trap he’s fallen into here. More than any other era, this time on Doctor Who is a mirror of the times. As much as some people want to push the UNIT stories into some imaginary future, they are basically ‘70’s shows through and through. That means both good and back and, generally, odd. You have to accept it and just go with it if you’re going to enjoy these shows. And there is much to enjoy here.
The same is true of Sandifer’s book. Though I don’t really understand what comes across as his almost visceral dislike of Pertwee, he is almost as desperate to remind us that he is always a fan even when he is being critical. For that, I can forgive much. And, even as I don’t really care about most of the beyond-the-episodes Doctor Who material he discusses (e.g. novels and the like), he does find ways to make it interesting. I’m even reading one of the novels he discussed, which is something I’ve never done before. (So far, I’m not sure it’s been a good idea. Still, he got me to do it.) So, overall, I’ve found this reading valuable and I suspect I will continue to see what Sandifer has to say.