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Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-First Century

Matt Hills



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30 January 2010
Television; Science fiction; Popular culture; Doctor Who Reference; Filmography; Other Film, TV & Media; Sci-Fi Reference; Science; Space; Aliens; Time Travel; Eleventh Doctor
Series: Doctor Who
Before Saturday March 26th 2005, Doctor Who had been off the air as a regular, new TV series for more than fifteen years; until a production team led by Russell T. Davies re-imagined the programme so successfully, so triumphantly, that it's become an instant Christmas tradition, a BAFTA winner, an international 'superbrand' and a number one rated show. It's even been credited with reinventing family TV. This is the first full-length book to explore the 'new Who' phenomenon through to the casting of Matt Smith as the new Doctor. It explores Doctor Who through contemporary debates in TV Studies about quality TV and how can we define TV series as both 'cult' and 'mainstream'. Further, the book challenges assumptions in focusing on the importance of breath-taking, dramatic moments along with narrative structures, and in analysing the significance of Murray Gold's music as well as the series' visual representations. Matt Hills is a lifelong Who fan and he also considers the role of fandom in the show's return. He investigates too the multi-generic identity, the monster-led format, and the time-travelling brand of BBC Wales' 'Doctor Who'. In the twenty-first century, TV is changing, but the last of the Time Lords has been more than ready: he's been fantastic.
By:   Matt Hills
Imprint:   I B TAURUS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   299g
ISBN:   9781848850323
ISBN 10:   1848850328
Series:   Doctor Who
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   30 January 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  Adult education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matt Hills is Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies, Cardiff University. Author of 'Fan Cultures' (2002), 'The Pleasures of Horror (2005) and 'How To Do Things with Cultural Theory' (2005).

Reviews for Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-First Century

(continued) difficulties, ambiguities, and possibilities without forcing solutions, resolutions, or proofs....Reading such work is a scholar's delight....The book is extremely well organized....This work has advanced far beyond its predecessors in many ways, and therefore is indispensable for research in this era, whether in Jewish history, ancient Western European history, or inscriptional study. All who use this primary source material are now heavily indebted to David Noy's superb research and illuminating presentation. Lawrence J. Mykytiuk, Perdue University, SHOFAR

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