Wholiday Advent(ures) 8

Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … The historical timeline established by Doctor Who on television is not entirely secure from reimagining by new episodes or via the paratextual and transmedia environment within which alternative books and audios challenge the canon. The third part in this volume considers […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) 7

  Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … Part two, “Historical Drama: Genre and Conventions,” examines how television drama negotiates issues of historical fidelity through literary and artistic conventions. In particular, the essays here reflect on the shift to genre as pure historicals that inevitably give way to […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) 6

  Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … The essays in the first part, “Television as History: Inform and Entertain,” evaluate how the program affords education to audiences through entertain- ment and distinguishes between the dissemination of classical history through school and books, and that of “public history.” […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) 5

  Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … In 2015, a decade into the reboot of the program, figures from both history and folklore populate “celebrity historicals.” Russell T. Davies envisioned that the inclusion of real people from the past would lend not only continuity but legitimacy to […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) 4

Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … In December 1963 Donald Baverstock, BBC’s chief of programs, author- ized the making of an additional ten episodes of Doctor Who, meaning that there would be 36 in total in the first series. He used this as an opportunity both to […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) 3

Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … Early efforts of the program and its production team at teaching history were earnest, and the production crew expected writers and script-editors to do their homework, even in comedies. Several of Doctor Who’s writers have had degrees or a background in […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) 2

Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … The story of the Doctor’s character development is well-documented; he is a mysterious being traveling through the “past, future, and sideways” in his TARDIS, a time machine stuck in the shape of a British police phone box, itself now an icon […]

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