Synopses & Reviews
The Doctor may have regenerated on many occasions, but so too has Doctor Who. Moving with the times, the show has evolved across fifty years. New Dimensions of Doctor Who brings together experts on the Doctors, on TV brands, bioethics, trans media, and cultural icons to explore contemporary developments in the series' music, design and representations of technology, plus issues of show runner authority and star authorship.
Putting these new dimensions into context means thinking about changes in the TV industry such as the rise of branding and trans media storytelling. Along with its faster narrative pace, and producer/fan interaction via Twitter, 'new Who' also has a new home: Roath Lock Studios at Cardiff Bay. Studying the Doctor Who Experience in its Cardiff setting, and considering audience nostalgia alongside anniversary celebrations, this book explores how current Doctor Who relates to real-world spaces and times.
About the Author
Matt Hills is Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. He is the author of five previous books, including Fan Cultures (2002), Triumph of a Time Lord (I.B. Tauris, 2010) and forthcoming from I.B. Tauris, Torchwood. Matt Hills is a regular reviewer for doctorwhonews.net, and has published widely on Doctor Who and media fandom
Table of Contents
Introduction: Doctor Who Studies?
PART I: NEW DOCTOR WHO
1. A Good Score Goes to War: Multiculturalism, Monsters and Music in New Doctor Who
2. Making 'a Superior Brand of Alien Mastermind': Doctor Who Monsters and the Rhetoric of (Re)design
3. The Cybermen as Human.2
4. Talking to the TARDIS: Doctor Who, Neil Gaiman, and Cultural Mythology
PART II: NEW TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA
5. Doctor Who as Programme Brand
6. On Speed: The Ordering of Time and Pace of Action in Doctor Who
7. Learning with the Doctor: Pedagogic Strategies in Transmedia Doctor Who
8. Tweeting the TARDIS: Interaction, Liveness and Social Media in Doctor Who Fandom
PART III: NEW SPACES AND TIMES
9. The 'Doctor Who Experience' (2012—) and the Commodification of Cardiff Bay
10. Remembering Sarah Jane: Intradiegetic Allusions, Embodied Presence/Absence and Nostalgia
11. Anniversary Adventures in Space and Time: The Changing Faces of Doctor Who's Commemoration
Notes on Contributors
Further Reading: A Selective Bibliography