Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

May Books 24) The Eleventh Hour, ed. Andrew O'Day

This is another book of scholarly essays on New Who (and I think it's just great that I can type "another book of scholarly essays on New Who"), looking exclusively at the Matt Smith era - disappointingly cutting off at Christmas 2012, so missing the last few episodes, the 50th anniversary special and the regeneration. As I've come to expect from books like this, it's generally well-rooted in the discipline of media studies, and includes a piece by Livejournal's own parrot_knight. The standout chapters for me were actually those at the end that looked beyond the TV series at the computer games (even though I have barely played them myself), online fandom's reactions to Matt Smith, and the way in which Death of the Doctor was marketed as both a Sarah Jane and Doctor Who episode. All generally good to excellent stuff, with one curious exception - the introduction is clunky and seems to have been written in a rush to capture the 50th anniversary market, not really doing justice to the quality of the essays. However, as I have said before, I regret not reading it in time to nominate for the BSFA or Hugo Awards.
Tags: bookblog 2014, doctor who, doctor who: 11

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