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It may not officially be part of our Who Watching series, but we are still very excited to announce that this spring we will be publishing a brand new study on Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood. The project, edited by Rebecca Williams, brings together some of the finest film and television experts working in the UK today – including Matt Hills, author of Triumph of a Time Lord – covering topics as wide-ranging as branding, fandom, reception, audiences and setting. All signs point to this being great, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Torchwood started its life on television as a spin-off from Doctor Who, bringing Captain Jack to join new colleagues in a television series that quickly established itself as fresh and watchable television. Its fourth series, subtitled ‘Miracle Day’, also moved from the niche channel of BBC3 to metamorphose into an international production between the BBC and the US network Starz. Torchwood has continued to entertain, provoke and attract large audiences and an expanding fandom. This is the first critical celebration of Torchwood across its four series, considering issues of representation, as well as the fandom that surrounds the show and its complex contexts. Focusing in particular on how the meanings and understandings of cult television have shifted and become subject to technological, industry and marketing changes in recent years, Torchwood Declassified explores aspects of the show including its aesthetics and branding, its use of tropes from the horror genre, vast tie-in merchandise, status as a spin-off, the nature of a celebrity that is both cult and mainstream, as well as the use of sound and music, and Torchwood‘s connection to place and location.
More details can be found here.
Rebecca Williams is Lecturer in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Glamorgan. She has written on contemporary cult television series in the collections Reading Angel (I.B.Tauris) and British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays, and has published in journals including Critical Studies in Television, Popular Communication, Continuum, Television and New Media and Media History.