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

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467951587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467951586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite the book's shortcomings in editing, it is well worth reading.
The Smiling Stallion Inn
Through the Eruditorium, Sandifer breaks down a lot of fan misconception and gives a fresh, new view of the Hartnell era and the origins of Doctor Who.
M. Nixon
All of this painted how early Who was made, and it's fascinating history to read.
A. Hayes

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pango on January 20, 2012
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I had thought no one would be able to match the legendary six-volume Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood analysis of Doctor Who, which seemed like the last (very long) word on the subject. Then came a blog started last year by one incredibly productive academic, and suddenly there's a viable challenger.

First, a caveat: as other reviewers have noted, the book version is missing a chapter, and sadly, it's for a fantastic story (and good essay), "The Massacre." You may wish to get the Kindle version if that omission will bother you (Sandifer has put his revised essay up for free on his site, and will include it in the next volume.) Also, the restrictions of self-publishing are evident in places. I wished for some different fonts now and again, some pull quotes or something to break up what can seem like an endless run of identical-looking pages. But that's really minor stuff.

What's great about Phil's book is his fearlessness, his willingness to stake out a jaw-dropping argument (e.g., that "The Ark" and "Celestial Toymaker," two fairly revered Who stories, are irredeemable racist garbage) and make his case clearly and succinctly (and convincingly). His take on the "Tenth Planet" argues that serial has been entirely misunderstood by generations of fans, and that it's in fact the horrifying sudden demise of the show, from which Who has never quite recovered. He analyses the much-maligned "The Chase" as postmodern goof. He rightly praises Maureen O'Brien, the oft-forgotten, secret Mod heart of Hartnell's best era. With great insights into Nineties novels that attempted to reclaim the era.

Essential stuff. Buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wagner on January 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Phil Sandifer has been blogging the history of Dr. Who from the very first episode on 1963, wandering through a "psychonography" of the program, not just the characters, but the actors, the producers, the writers, and the times and cultural events that shaped it, unconsciously. This first volume collects his blog from the very first entry through the end of the William Hartnell era, but also includes some excellent expanded material, essays written just for the book, and a nice wrap up of Hartnell the man and "The Doctor" as portrayed by same.

It's a fascinating and thought provoking ride - not always fun, as Sandifer is unafraid of challenging quite a bit of received fan wisdom, and of bringing to light painful topics such as the blatant racism in several early stories, but honest and interesting, with a voice that invites discussion.

To be fair to the reader, I'd point out that there were some printing mistakes in the paper edition of this first volume, including an entire missing chapter. If you've got a kindle or e-reader that will support the electronic edition, I'd go for that first since you'll get the corrected form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Beasley on January 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Much like the blog where this material was originally written, this book is a thought-provoking look at the William Hartnell years of Doctor Who. I loved Sandifer's efforts to interpret these stories in the context of their time. The essay on The Tenth Planet is a great example of this approach, where Sandifer strips away all of the fan lore that has built up over the years to look at how intensely frightening this story must have been. Also valuable were Sandifer's look at the influences on the writers, from other television shows to the occult, and at how fandom has reinterpreted this era of the show.

A downside of this format is that it requires knowledge of the stories themselves, or access to a good reference. Sandifer doesn't spend time summarizing what each story is about. This is something to keep in mind. My print edition also had numerous typos and a missing essay (however, the essay will appear in the next volume, which I intend to buy!). These are minor downsides - on the whole, this book is an excellent read for dedicated fans of Doctor Who and deserves to stand with other works like About Time and the Discontinuity Guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Smiling Stallion Inn on May 10, 2013
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I do love this book, which I am in the middle of reading right now, although the editing for it was imperfect. You can tell that there are gaps in the sentence structure, like a sentence might begin to talk about a subject, but it doesn't finish the thought before the period. And then, I was reading the critical review/examination for The Romans, and on the last page...just two lines, ending in the middle of a sentence, and the rest of the page is blank. Now that annoys me. Most of the book was taken off of a blog that the writer has been working on, so I suppose I can look up the rest of that on his blog, but it still annoys me!

Anyway, the writer is a very thorough critic/reviewer of Doctor Who, and he takes a historical/cultural stance in his review, noting the progress of the show's development and how the show was developing its ethos/mythos of the Doctor in the process. It makes a point of noting what was happening in the world at the time the episodes were first airing on television, and how British culture was influencing the show in general and how the show might have influenced British culture, while also exploring how future generations have perceived the past era of the show, and how their own contributions, like in Past Doctor books, might change how the Doctor is perceived.

The writer makes a very good point that at the start of the series, the four main components of the TARDIS, the monsters, the companions and the Doctor were only just being developed in that order. The Doctor, as future generations came to know him, was the last of the four main components to reach its fruition. Despite the book's shortcomings in editing, it is well worth reading. I do intend to read the other volumes as well.
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