Doctor Who was always about getting lost… getting lost in space, lost in time, lost in reveries. It was also, sadly, about experiencing loss. The loss of our favourite Doctors. The loss of serials from the archive, The loss of the programme in the Eighties.
One of the most lamentable losses was that of the historical, and what it meant for travels backwards.
On August 2nd being lost is a thing of the past. While many recent publications have celebrated the show’s longevity, or reflected on the program as a product of the BBC as British institution, Doctor Who and History is the first volume of essays to focus on the topic of history as it is expressed thematically in the show itself, as well as how its program-makers and audience are situated within that history.
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ABOUT DOCTOR WHO AND HISTORY
When Sydney Newman conceived the idea for Doctor Who in 1963, he envisioned a show that would entertain as well as educate. Historical adventures were part of his vision-the Doctor and his companions would visit and observe, but not interfere with, events in history. That plan was dropped early on. Not only has the Doctor happily meddled with historical events for decades, his adventures-on television, in films, novels, comics, books and games-reflect how we regard our own place in history. This collection of new essays examines how the Doctor engages with history and inspires reflections upon it history. Topics includes reconstruction of lost historical serials, reflections on Britain’s colonial past, the subversion of nostalgia for village life, the depiction of Norse myths, alternate history, and the impact of historical decisions on the present.
|Number of Pages||193|
|Author||Fleiner, Carey, October, Dene|
|Publisher||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Publication Date||August, 2017|