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

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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 credite ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by I. B. Tauris (first published November 30th 2009)
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Nicholas Whyte
May 01, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was amazing

This is one of the better academic books about Who that I have read. Hills is a sympathetic fan and also a media studies lecturer in Cardiff. In this book he has sensibly not tried to provide a global guide to Who, but instead has taken a small number of (big) issues and tried to illuminate them in detail. Looking mainly at New Who up to early 2009, he basically has seven things that he wants to say and takes a chapter to say each of them:

1) New Who is s
Tara Brabazon
Feb 11, 2016 Tara Brabazon rated it it was ok
Although published in 2010, this book has a dated quality from - at best - the mid 1990s. This lag is caused through the inappropriate theoretical apparatus summoned to explore Dr Who. Why use Foucault and the 'author function'? Why summon Derrida and basic deconstruction? While the title refers to Nu Who in the 21st century, the theories deployed carry an archaeology from the 1970s. There is little theorization of digitization, deterritorialization, disintermediation, mobility, speed, capitalis ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Erik rated it liked it
First, a compliment: This is likely the only book about Doctor Who out there that thoroughly considers the implications of DW through the lens of Cultural Theory, Foucault, Derrida, and their progeny. In other words, this packs more theoretical punch than most introductory college texts.

However insightful and scholarly written and considered, I found Mills style to be irritatingly elitist by his heavy reliance on what I can only term “cultural theory-speak.” That is, nearly every idea of his is
Debra Manskey
Jun 03, 2016 Debra Manskey rated it really liked it
I read this book for a university course on Television Studies and thoroughly enjoyed it.
While it's well written, it is a text book and is applying some fairly dense cultural theory to Doctor Who, so perhaps it wouldn't be appropriate for all fans of the show.
Having said that, I learnt a tremendous amount from it, and it led to exploring other scholarly articles in the field.
Apr 06, 2012 Simone rated it liked it

I read this for a book review I needed to do for class, I had just checked it out of the school library because it seemed interesting. He approaches the show from several different angles, thinking about authorship and fandom. Definitely written for fans by a fan though.
Jan 04, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Saved my dissertation! More media/academic text than a fan non-fiction book. Explores the regenerations (teehee) of the series in 2005 by Russell T. Davis - would recommend you pair it with RTD's "The Writer's Tale" if you're doing an essay on Doctor Who.
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