Tuesday, 2 July 2013

New Dimensions of "Doctor Who"

 I. B. Tauris is publishing an anthology of Doctor Who essays, edited by David Mellor, Matt Hills, and Benjamin Earl. New Dimensions of "Doctor Who": Adventures in Space, Time and Television is coming out in September. Here's the blurb: "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, transmedia, and cultural icons to explore contemporary developments in the series' music, design and representations of technology, plus issues of showrunner 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 transmedia 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."

It's the latest entry in the I. B. Tauris Reading Contemporary Television series, which "aims to offer a varied, intellectually groundbreaking and often polemical response to what is happening in television today...providing an intellectual and creative platform for thinking differently and ingeniously writing about contemporary television culture." The editors plan to launch the book at the University of Hertfordshire's academic conference "Walking in Eternity." The 3 - 5 September event is an interdisciplinary celebration of the show's 50th anniversary, and Matt Hills is booked as a keynote speaker. A programme of events can be found here.

The book will be in paperback and is priced at £12.99.

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