New Dimensions of "Doctor Who": Adventures in Space, Time and Television

New Dimensions of "Doctor Who": Adventures in Space, Time and Television

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 22mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845118669
  • ISBN 13: 9781845118662
  • Sales rank: 602,224

Product description

The Doctor may have regenerated on many occasions, but so too has Doctor Who. Moving with the times, the show has evolved across fifty years...New Dimensions of Doctor Who explores contemporary developments in Doctor Who's music, design and representations of technology, as well as issues of showrunner authority and star authorship. Putting these new dimensions in context means thinking about changes in the TV industry such as the rise of branding and transmedia storytelling. Along with its faster narrative pace, and producer/fan interaction via Twitter, 'new Who' also has a new home at Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff Bay. Studying the 'Doctor Who Experience' in its Cardiff setting, and considering audience nostalgia alongside anniversary celebrations, this book explores how current Doctor Who relates to real-world spaces and times. New Directions of Doctor Who is the scholarly equivalent of a multi-Doctor story, bringing together the authors of Triumph of a Time Lord and TARDISbound, as well as the editors of Time and Relative Dissertations in Space, Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things, Torchwood Declassified and Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour. It also features contributions from experts on TV brands, bioethics, transmedia and cultural icons. As 'new Who' creates ongoing mysteries and poses exciting questions, this collection demonstrates the vitality of Doctor Who studies.

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Author information

Matt Hills is Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University. He is the author of five previous books, including Fan Cultures (2002), and Triumph of a Time Lord (2010). Matt Hills is a regular reviewer for, and has published widely on Doctor Who and media fandom.

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A pop-cultural Matrix of a show, Doctor Who needs exploratory missions from as many different worlds and disciplines as possible. Chewy, provocative ideas and sly insights combine in unexpected ways here, making sure this book will spark many more useful conversations than "who's your favourite Doctor?" - Tat Wood, author of About Time 7

Table of contents

Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: Doctor Who Studies? - Matt Hills Part 1 - New Doctor Who 1. A Good Score Goes to War: Multiculturalism, Monsters and Music in New Doctor Who - David Butler 2. Making 'a Superior Brand of Alien Mastermind': Doctor Who Monsters and the Rhetoric of (Re)design - Piers D. Britton 3. The Cybermen as Human.2 - Bonnie Green and Chris Willmott 4. Talking to the TARDIS: Doctor Who, Neil Gaiman, and Cultural Mythology - Will Brooker Part 2 - New Television, New Media 5. Doctor Who as Programme Brand - Catherine Johnson 6. On Speed: The Ordering of Time and Pace of Action in Doctor Who - Andrew O'Day 7. Learning with the Doctor: Pedagogic Strategies in Transmedia Doctor Who - Elizabeth Evans 8. Tweeting the TARDIS: Interaction, Liveness and Social Media in Doctor Who Fandom - Rebecca Williams Part 3 - New Spaces and Times 9. The 'Doctor Who Experience' (2012-) and the Commodification of Cardiff Bay - Melissa Beattie 10. Remembering Sarah Jane: Intradiegetic Allusions, Embodied Presence/Absence and Nostalgia - Ross P. Garner 11. Anniversary Adventures in Space and Time: The Changing Faces of Doctor Who's Commemoration - Matt Hills Further Reading