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January 09 2013

Pop Between Realities, Home in Time for Tea 51 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). TARDIS Eruditorum is dramatically long cultural studies essay project about the history of Doctor Who from theorist Philip Sandifer. Sometimes he glances at other influences. Today, it's Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

It's perhaps worth noting that some of what he's written is in the context of the wider project and at the moment he's considering the Doctor Who novels published through the 90s and 00s, the Virgin New Adventures and BBC Eight Doctor Adventures, of which the writers Paul Cornell and Kate Orman he argues were two of their primary creative forces.
Nice article, well reasoned and in my opinion pretty spot on.
What a lovely piece and now I know why I love The Doctor too.

Buffy saved him...

****waves hands at watery eyes****


[ edited by hann23 on 2013-01-09 14:46 ]
Yes, great read. As the author pointed out himself there are many different things that make Buffy great, but the strong use of metaphor (especially in the high school years, some later examples like the magic is drugs thing worked out less brilliantly IMO) and the thematic unity of the episodes are two interesting strengths that are often overlooked.

I love the way this article is written, the author does seem to have a bit of a penchant for overstating things (like when he suggests that there are no obsessive list makers among Whedon fans) but it works for him. Another example of this is when insists that Whedon has doggedly watched over the thematic unity of every episode (the part where he writes: "by God every single scene of that episode was going to actively support that theme"). This image clashes strongly with my memory of the jarring and pointless inclusion of the Gorch brothers in Bad Eggs, but it get the point across with great humor and flair.

The Neverwhere article was pretty good too. I almost wish I was a bigger Doctor Who fan just so that I could really delve in and enjoy the entirety of this project.

[ edited by the Groosalugg on 2013-01-09 15:35 ]

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