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Triumph of a Time Lord

Matt Hills

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Triumph of a Time LordBefore 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 programme 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 credited with reinventing family TV. This is the first full-length book to explore the ‘new Who’ phenomenon through to the casting of Matt Smith as the new Doctor. It explores Doctor Who through contemporary debates in TV Studies about quality TV and how can we define TV series as both ‘cult’ and ‘mainstream’. Further, the book challenges assumptions in focusing on the importance of breath-taking, dramatic moments along with narrative structures, and in analysing the significance of Murray Gold’s music as well as the series’ visual representations. Matt Hills is a lifelong Who fan and he also considers the role of fandom in the show’s return. He investigates too the multi-generic identity, the monster-led format, and the time-travelling brand of BBC Wales’ Doctor Who.

‘Brilliant fan-producer (Russell T. Davies) meets brilliant fan-academic (Matt Hills) across the ‘fan-tastic’ new series of Doctor Who. Wittily written, with extended forays on Rose’s “intimate epic” and the reconfiguration of Who’s “unfolding text”, here Time Lords Eccleston and Tennant meet the lords and ladies of Cultural Theory. I predict you will read this book several times, and it will get better each time.’
John Tulloch, co-author of Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text and Science Fiction Audiences: Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek
Matt Hills is Professor in Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University. He is the author of five other books, including Fan Cultures (2002) and New Dimensions of Dctor Who (2013). He is a regular reviewer for doctorwhonews.net, and has published widely on Doctor Who and media fandom.
Paperback | 272 pp | 9781848850323 | 216 x 134 mm

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