Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century by Matt HillsTriumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century by Matt Hills

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

byMatt Hills

Paperback | February 15, 2010

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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 program 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-traveling 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.            

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).
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Title:Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.68 × 5.48 × 0.75 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

* Introduction - Bringing Back a TV Icon * PART ONE: FANS AND PRODUCERS * 'The Russell T. Davies Era': Authorship and Organisation * 'The Doctor Who Mafia': Textual Poachers Turned Gamekeepers * PART TWO: GENRE AND FORMAT * Time Travel in New Who as Comedy, Soap Opera, Adventure... and Science Fiction * TV Horror -- The Importance of Monsters * Creating Moments? * PART THREE: QUALITY AND MAINSTREAM TV * The 'Quality TV' Debate... and the Value of Doctor Who * Mainstreaming Who -- The Importance of Music * Mainstream Cult? * Bibliography * Index *