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Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens: Exploring the worlds of the Eleventh Doctor by [Collins, Frank]
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  • File Size: 2461 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Classic TV Press (August 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JU4EN0
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By Marie A. Parsons on December 2, 2011
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Frank Collins' intriguing book Doctor Who: The Pandorica opens is an intriguing mix of insight and context into Series 5 of Doctor Who.

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.
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For the landmark opening of the Steven Moffat/Matt Smith era of Doctor Who, Frank Collins has successfully drawn together deep and breathtakingly wide myriad strands of knowledge to create a companion to the series which shatters the barriers separating fan interest from academic insight.

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.
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