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Doctor Who: A Cultural Reading

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From 1963 to 1989  Doctor Who  was a British TV institution. Over the years it developed a uniquely eccentric style, at once cosily familiar and cosmically terrifying. Many of its characters, creatures, and objects have become indelibly iconic: the Doctor and his assistants, the TARDIS, the Time Lords, and a nightmarish universe of monsters and villains. 

The idea that the
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 26th 2006 by British Film Institute (first published January 26th 2005)
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Clare
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: film-tv-studies
This review is also posted on my blog (complete with links not included here) at http://inputs.wordpress.com/2009/08/1...

Kim Newman is a well-known and prolific author of genre novels, overviews on cult and horror film and TV and a reviewer for the film magazine Empire.

This book, an entry in the excellent BFI TV classics series, is an enjoyable if sometimes hastily written, short handbook. It manages to provide a nicely opinionated overview of ‘classic’ Doctor Who with a few references to the n
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Katherine Sas
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A concise and useful history of the series up to the first season of the revival. Colored by Newman's personal tastes and biases, but he's fairly open about that, so it doesn't detract too much from the overall effect.
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
BFI produces in-depth critical readings of films and television series. Here, Kim Newman delves into the history of Doctor Who. Starting from the very beginning in 1963, to the probably welcomed ending in 1989, even including the attempted revival TV movie in 1996, and continuing through to the newest series revival starting in 2005, Newman hits the high points, and the very low points of this show that has captivated audiences for decades.

There have been whole series of books focusing on the pr
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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