Wholiday Advent(ures) 11


Adventures in Whostory

Introducing Doctor Who and History


Continuing from the previous post …

Tulloch and Alvarado’s The Unfolding Text (St. Martin’s Press, 1983) was the first serious analysis of the program which sought to examine it through an institutional lens. Of the many program guides available, John Kenneth Muir’s A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television (McFarland, 1999/2008) also reflects critically on the themes that shape the program’s stories. Other such titles include Contents & Contexts of Doctor Who (Pop Matters, 2016) which includes Dene October’s essay “That’s Not Right: Television, History and Education during the Hartnell Era” on the BBC audience as a critical witness to “public history.” The program as media history is investigated through particular media contexts such as narrative, adaptations studies, soundtracks, and so forth, for example, Harmes’ Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). From the perspectives of audience and reception studies, there is an increase in titles such as Tulloch and Jenkins’ Science Fiction Audiences: Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek (Routledge, 1995) particularly in the area of fan studies. Booy’s Love and Monsters (I.B. Tauris, 2012), for example, attempts a historical account of Doctor Who fandom as it changes and influences the program.




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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.

Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 193
Author Fleiner, Carey, October, Dene
Publisher McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication Date August, 2017
ISBN-13 9781476666563
ISBN-10 1476666563


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