A Christmas message to #PeterCapaldi

Goodbye 12 We loved the colour of your kidneys   Up and down history he goes, zip, zip, zip, zip, zip—getting into scrapes #KnowHistoryMaterialiseAnywhen Wholiday Wishes Free articles Recent articles include: Trial of a Time Lord;  The Almost 500-year Diary; Watch with Mother; The Thirteen Doctors; Doctor Who in China. About the book Buy the […]

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Wholiday Advent(ures) Christmas Day

Adventures in Whostory Introducing Doctor Who and History Continuing from the previous post … Doctor Who had as part of its original plan historical stories—stories set in the past—to enlighten and entertain its audience. But it is unfair to dismiss the program as a budget-busting pastiche with the conceit of a time-traveling main character whose […]

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Watch with Mother

(Doreen Eleanor, 1935-2017) If you come here a lot, I owe you an apology. Publishing the blog every day has become a habit, and a convenient way to promote the thirteen writers of the Doctor Who and History book. But last week my Mum died. Last week I thought I’d never publish the blog again. […]

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The Thirteen Doctors – Part V

Surprise, Surprise? What did the thirteen academics behind Doctor Who and History make of the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor? Some waited with friends nervously while others were taken by surprise.   Contributor Andrew O’Day, who wrote a chapter on ‘The Awakening’, remembers, “I was at Harris Headquarters, among much merriment, when the […]

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The Thirteen Doctors – Part IV

Change .. and Not a Moment too Soon. What did the thirteen academics behind Doctor Who and History make of the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor? Peter Lowe on the fluctuations of regeneration. “As the success of Doctor Who has always rested on the main character’s ability to change into someone completely different […]

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The 13 Doctors – Part III

I’ve been holding out for David Warner since I was about 14 years old. What did the thirteen academics behind Doctor Who and History make of the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor? Carey Fleiner on getting over regenerations. “Wow – Is this the elephant in the room, or not? Why are people ducking […]

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The 13 Doctors – Part II

Ffion’s Revolving Wardrobe. What did the thirteen academics behind Doctor Who and History make of the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor? Karen Hellekson on 13 and gender-neutral accessories. Karen Hellekson cheered when Jodie Whittaker was cast as the Thirteenth Doctor. “I saw it on Facebook, but I didn’t believe it,” she said. “I had […]

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