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Adventures in Whostory

Introducing Doctor Who and History


Continuing from the previous post …

Finally, it will surely not have escaped the reader’s attention that there is a great deal of publishing activity surrounding Doctor Who, particularly responding to the 50th anniversary of the program in 2013. Books aimed at the general audience of the 2005 reboot of the program tend to be summative evaluations of specific seasons or auteur tenures, such as Russell T. Davies’ The Writer’s Tale (BBC, 2008). Books targeting fans include titles from inde- pendent publishers—such as Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Aliens, Humans and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who (Mad Norwegian Press, 2015)—and mainstream ones such as Doctor Who Fan Phenomena (Intellect, 2013). Besides the continuing publishing activity, a further importance of such books lies in the considerable crossover appeal between Doctor Who fans and academics for material aiming to put the program into wider cultural contexts. The term acafan, popularized by Hills’ monograph Fan Cultures (Routledge, 2002), itself points to the shared interests of academics and fans both as writers and readers of critical material for cult programs like Doctor Who. Critical celebrations of the program, such as the upcoming Twelfth Night (Andrew O’Day, ed., I.B. Tauris, 2017) appeal to fans and academics and offer a range of approaches and critical viewpoints on an aspect of the show (here, the Twelfth Doctor’s first season). That fans are increasingly encouraged to make relationships between fictional texts and the wider culture is evidenced by Guerrier and Kukula’s The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who (BBC, 2015) where short stories are accompanied by critical commentaries.



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Please shop thoughtfully. History is for life, not just for Christmas. Doctor Who and History is available on Amazon UK  Amazon US  McFarland shop and also available on Kindle. Check out the McFarland catalogue.


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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