A Rude Awakening. Metafiction in Eric Pringle’s “The Awakening”.
The writers of Doctor Who and History focus on a different aspect of history as it expressed thematically in the show. Andrew O’Day looks at story-telling in 1984’s “The Awakening”.
The serial is focused on a modern-day village and takes a traditional May Day festival and subverts it into something more sinister due to the outside influence of an alien being.
“The story and the essay consider the use and misuse of history in storytelling, a compelling meta-fictional reflection of the show’s use of history, as there is presented a conflict between a history teacher (who is terrified of the misuse of history by her fellow villagers) and the villagers compelled to act out a deadly version of an historic tradition.”
Andrew reflects on how history, popular conception, and the influence of an alien outside of that history are interwoven in a single story.
“I examine the way the narrative pastiches texts in a post-modernist historical fashion, also pointing to its constructed quality.”
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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|