In this final post in Antenna’s The Cultural Lives of Doctor Who series, Matt Hills looks at the promotion and marketing that’s occurred around the Doctor Who franchise across 2013.
In this penultimate post in our The Cultural Lives of Doctor Who series, Pam Wojcik argues that female Doctor Who fans are the ur-fans of the series, the original targeted audience and point of identification within the show.
In this latest entry in The Cultural Lives of Doctor Who series, Piers Britton discusses the use of costume as a marker of authenticity in “The Name of the Doctor” and its many ramifications for Who tradition and canon.
In this latest post in Antenna’s The Cultural Lives of Doctor Who series, Paul Booth examines Doctor Who fan celebrations and conventions and how they demonstrate the continued affective and communal power of the cult television franchise.
In this latest post in Antenna’s The Cultural Lives of Doctor Who series, Jenna Stoeber discusses the recent “The Night of the Doctor” mini-episode and its impact on canonical knowledge of the series.
One of the defining characteristics of Doctor Who is that, despite its academic and popular scrutiny, there are many gaps in its history, which remind us that histories – including media histories – are always only assembled from the perspective of the present.
Analyzing the role of the Doctor’s female companions, Keara Goin argues that despite her independence and brash image, Clara Oswald is little more than the Doctor’s caretaker and a re-packaging of the traditional mother archetype.
In this inaugural post in Antenna’s new series The Cultural Lives of Doctor Who, Matt Hills discusses the show’s regular anniversary celebrations and the phenomena of “multi-Doctor” stories.
At the University of Hertfordshire earlier this month, a small group of media scholars, journalists, and writers gathered for the Doctor Who: Walking in Eternity conference, commemorating that series’ 50th anniversary and its remarkable cultural impact. Derek Kompare provides a report.
Recent episodes of Doctor Who and Supernatural take up the narrative of storyteller as God, raising questions about our fascination with the auteur.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.