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Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text

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On Saturday, 23 November 1963 at 5.25 p.m. the Doctor Who theme music was heard on BBC television for the first time, and just under twelve minutes later William Hartnell appeared through the London fog as the first Doctor. It was the birth of an institution. Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text is the first serious analysis of the BBC's longest-running fictional programme. Base ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 26th 1984 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 1983)
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Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I guess this was the first book on Who from an academic point of view (published 1983). Better such books have been published since (in particular Time and Relative Dissertations in Space, and the meatier parts of the About Time series) but this is a decent enough start - easy to mock for its slips ("Mandragola", "Castravalva" and variations, "Doug Adams") and for its rather partial selection of stories from the black and white era, and for ...more
One of the first, if not the first, academic studies of Doctor Who. It suffers from being over-jargony. (I used to read Science Fiction Studies now and then, and the jargon of literary science fiction studies is not totally unfamiliar to me, but even I had trouble keeping straight what the authors were saying about "hermeneutic" and "proairetic" codes.) It is also now dated - it's impossible to read the authors' discussion of the role of the female companion without wondering how Ace, much less ...more
Daniel Kukwa
I have a soft spot for this one. It's almost unfathomable at times, as it pours on media criticism in a manner that would have made Marshal McLuhan's head spin. But for a 14 year old discovering a love of academia, the thought that "Doctor Who" could intersect with my educational perspectives made me shiver with delight. It's dated incredibly...but it shows that "Doctor Who" attracted academic attention long before shows such as "Buffy" managed to trumpet their intellectual credentials. It's als ...more
I don't quite understand why people are saying that this book is jargon-heavy and laced with incomprehensible media theory, because it contains very little actual theory and none of it is of the kind that could be considered incomprehensible.
As with most studies of subjects one knows very well, this is bound to disappoint. It had some interesting points, but it's shallow, and really doesn't discuss much of what really interested me.
Sep 12, 2007 Gaz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sad bastards
Unfathomable media theory as applied to Doctor Who.
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