Doctor Who & Authorship

Lost and Found Doctor Who: Time-Travelling TV?

December 19, 2011
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Lost and Found <em>Doctor Who</em>: Time-Travelling TV?

The tantalising return of two episodes of early Doctor Who deserves celebration. But perhaps the tempting notion of two cultures or past/present eras of TV deserves a measure of critique.
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The Doctor Will Be Back: Doctor Who and the Showrunner’s Cliffhangers

June 13, 2011
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The Doctor Will Be Back: Doctor Who and the Showrunner’s Cliffhangers

After all the publicity focused on this “game-changing” episode, what interests me is the following question: is there such a thing as a distinctively Moffat-esque cliffhanger?
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A Showrunner Goes To War: Doctor Who and the Almost Fans?

June 6, 2011
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A Showrunner Goes To War: Doctor Who and the Almost Fans?

With episode 6.06 having transmitted in the US, and 6.07 – the 'game-changing' midseries finale – already broadcast in the UK, this week seems like a good time to ponder the issue of Doctor Who spoilers.
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Matthew Graham’s Doctor Who: Fear Him?

May 23, 2011
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Matthew Graham’s Doctor Who: Fear Him?

The obvious critical question is this: which Matthew Graham do we get here? The Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes scribe? Or the 'Fear Her' and Bonekickers doppelganger?
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Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who: Fan Service Meets the Junkyard Look

May 16, 2011
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Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who: Fan Service Meets the Junkyard Look

There's an illusion of transformative work here – although this seems to alter the rules of the Whoniverse, in fact it leaves all the game pieces in play as they were.
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Steve Thompson’s Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who: A Pirate Copy?

May 9, 2011
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Steve Thompson’s Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who: A Pirate Copy?

'The Curse of the Black Spot' serves up warmed-over intertextualities with gusto. But such manic repetition of generic fare seems to over-ride considerations of authorial distinction.
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Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who: Challenging the Format Theorem?

May 2, 2011
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Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who: Challenging the Format Theorem?

Moffat challenges the TV industry establishment far more notably than did series one through four. He's the Tom Baker to Russell T. Davies's Jon Pertwee.
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Words are Cool: The Magic of Moffat’s Doctor Who

July 26, 2010
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Words are Cool: The Magic of Moffat’s <i>Doctor Who</i>

The fifth season of Doctor Who saw the introduction of a new showrunner. In this post, Matt Hills considers his impact on series.
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‘New New’ Doctor Who: Brand Regeneration?

April 19, 2010
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‘New New’ Doctor Who: Brand Regeneration?

2010 poses a key threat to the brand, and to its 'flagship drama' status in the UK – what if a new Doctor, companion, and exec-producer team represents too much change for audiences to take?
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