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Doctor Who in Time and Space: Essays on Themes, Characters, History and Fandom, 1963-2012 (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy #39)

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This collection of fresh essays addresses a broad range of topics in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, both old (1963-1989) and new (2005-present). The book begins with the fan: There are essays on how the show is viewed and identified with, fan interactions with each other, reactions to changes, the wilderness years when it wasn't in production. Essays ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by McFarland & Company
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Liz Barr
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Doctor Who in Time and Space is a recent collection of essays about … you know. The JN-T book made me curious about the fanzines of the ’80s, and Google Books threw this up as a result.

I am … disappointed. There are a few good essays here, including an outstanding piece by J. M. Frey called “Whose Doctor?”, about Sydney Newman and Doctor Who‘s ties to Canada, and colonialism and cultural cringe. That alone was worth the $16 I paid for the Kindle edition.

A lot of the essays, though, just made me
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Gemma Field
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: theory-criticism
I will never get back the time I wasted trying to decipher this appallingly written collection. There's so much interesting stuff going on in Doctor Who, this was such a waste. And completely uncritical of the series. The spelling of "Gandolph" was especially painful to behold.
Tara Brabazon
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Dreadful. I nearly headed for one star when assessing this book. How can such stunning and brilliant popular culture create such dull, predictable and boring analyses of it? This is a 'theory-lite' book. It is also an 'ideas lite' book. It features basic discussions of fandom, embedded with some rather diabolical sexism towards female fans, no mentions of bricolage and - most disturbingly - a lack of contexual investigations of the programme.

Why Doctor Who is so remarkable is that it weaves a co
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Elisabeth
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fandom, non-fiction
A collection of thoughtful, intellectual essays on a range of topics as they relate to Doctor Who. Feminism, imperialism, horror, the news media, and fans themselves, among other topics, are discussed in detail. Some of the essays are shallow; some could do with a bit more editorial oversight; there are a few too many failed sentences, misspellings, and other errors for a book of this bent. But overall the ideas presented are intelligently considered and discussed.

Recommended for intellectual su
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The quality of the essays in Doctor Who in Time and Space varies, but none of them are outright bad. My favorite was Kristine Larsen’s “Everything Dies: The Message of Mortality in the Eccleston and Tennant Years.” The most disappointing essay was David Whitt’s “‘Whatever you do, don’t blink!’ Gothic Horror and the Weeping Angels Trilogy” because it basically just summarized the episodes and didn’t really explore their relationship to the Gothic.
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