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- Publisher: Classic TV Press (August 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JU4EN0
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Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens: Exploring the worlds of the Eleventh Doctor Kindle Edition
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Series 5 is the first year viewers see Matt Smith in the role of this iconic Doctor. The use of the Pandorica in the title is a message in itself. Like Pandora's Box of mythology, what the Pandorica itself holds, in Doctor Who, is perhaps not what one might expect, and can be used in a way that one also might not expect.
Viewers and fans of Doctor Who may have their own opinions about the new Doctor, about the direction of the series under Mr. Steven Moffat, writer and now producer of the show. That is as it should be. Mr. Collins, a self-acknowledged fan, demonstrates his knowledge of the episodes, both current and "classic", and his ability to weave together both in context, with connections between classic and current in scenes, bits of dialogue, and character. Mr. Collins also aptly and ably provides an understanding of the symbolism and significance of the current characters, based on the analyses of fairy-tale, mythology, fantasy literature, and just perhaps a good dose of common sense observation of how people interact (in this sense, even the Doctor is considered "people"!)
This reader does not always relish reading reviews of episodes by other individuals. Enjoyment of a book or tv show is often a very personal matter, and not every fan will agree on every point. I am also not at all knowledgeable about how fairy-tale and fantasy speak to the human psyche. I generally just enjoy watching Doctor Who because--well--I find the Doctor's character (in any regeneration, but admittedly especially now) engaging, charming, whimsical, boyish--and a few other adjectives. After reading Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens, I have somewhat more of an appreciation for the creative process behind the character, for the dynamic of the show, for the vision of the storyteller, and the talent of the actor. I do marvel that with many of his points, it felt like he had been in my own head, as we agreed on many. Even where we disagreed, and yes there were a few--I have my own opinion of the character of River Song and her place in the story frame, for example--I do really appreciate the new insights from various areas of psychology and myth-study.
I hope that Mr. Collins plans more analyses of some kind for the show.
With a keen understanding of the underlying mythos of the series, the author near effortlessly links those embedded tropes to the wider, far-reaching tapestry of popular cultural trends, advanced media theory and deep critical analysis that impresses by the sheer bravura of its scope.
Glowing with a deep and abiding affection for its subject matter, both the book and the often surprising conclusions it offers up to the reader; artfully treads the tightrope of successful serious criticism balanced with a respect for its subject with subtle wit, flair and a wholly engaging prose style that is as impressive as it is welcome.
Although the reader might not always find themselves agreeing with all of the author's findings - I guarantee that even during those rare instances of disagreement, they will still find themselves appreciative of the intelligence with which they find their views challenged.
Make no mistake; I'm convinced that this is an important book in the field of not just Doctor Who, but also of media criticism as a whole. Frank Collins is not only to be applauded for presenting us with a volume worthy of the quality of the series it addresses - but also for throwing wide the door allowing us a different way of looking at it.
To say that I await the author's next work with keen anticipation would be an understatement.