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Doctor Who (TV Milestones Series) by
Publication Date: 2009-04-17
Doctor Who, the iconic British science-fiction series following a time-traveling alien scientist, was first broadcast November 23, 1963, on BBC Television. Though modestly conceived and produced, its depiction of the alien but strangely human "Doctor" proved to be such a commercial success that the program was shown in more than forty countries over twenty-six seasons-from 1963 to 1989-and returned successfully to television in 2005. In Doctor Who, Jim Leach explores the reasons behind the original series' popularity and the ways it evolved during its long run.
Reading Between Designs : Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who by
Publication Date: 2003-06-01
In this book, Piers Britton and Simon Barker offer a first analytical study of scenic and costume design for television drama series. They focus on three enduringly popular series of the 1960s - The Avengers,The Prisoner, and Doctor Who - and discuss such topics as the sartorial image of Steed in The Avengers, the juxtaposition of picturesque and fascistic architecture in The Prisoner, and the evolution of the high-tech interior of Doctor Who's TARDIS. Interviews with the series' original designers and reproductions of their original drawings complement the authors' analysis, which sheds new light on a variety of issues, from the discourse of fashion to that of the heritage industry, notions of "Pop" and retro, and the cultural preoccupation with realism and virtual reality.
Triumph of a Time Lord : Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century by
Publication Date: 2010-02-15
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-traveling brand of BBC Wales' "Doctor Who." In the twenty-first century, TV is changing, but the last of the Time Lords has been more than ready: he's been fantastic.
British Science Fiction Cinema by
Publication Date: 1999-06-22
While overshadowed by Hollywood's prolific output, British science fiction is responsible for many of the classics of the genre. In a series of case studies of key films, this book spans the history of sci-fi filmmaking in Britain, embracing not just British-produced films but classics by British directors in Hollywood such as Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, and Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner.
Science Fiction Audiences by
Publication Date: 1995-04-24
Science Fiction Audiences examines the astounding popularity of two television "institutions" - the series Doctor Who and Star Trek. Both of these programmes have survived cancellation and acquired a following that continues to grow. The book is based on over ten years of research including interviews with fans and followers of the series.
Music in Science Fiction Television by
Publication Date: 2012-12-11
The music for science fiction television programs, like music for science fiction films, is often highly distinctive, introducing cutting-edge electronic music and soundscapes. There is a highly particular role for sound and music in science fiction, because it regularly has to expand the vistas and imagination of the shows and plays a crucial role in setting up the time and place. Notable for its adoption of electronic instruments and integration of music and effects, science fiction programs explore sonic capabilities offered through the evolution of sound technology and design, which has allowed for the precise control and creation of unique and otherworldly sounds. This collection of essays analyzes the style and context of music and sound design in Science Fiction television. It provides a wide range of in-depth analyses of seminal live-action series such as Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone, and Lost; as well as animated series, such as The Jetsons. With thirteen essays from prominent contributors in the field of music and screen media, this anthology will appeal to students of Music and Media, as well as fans of science fiction television.
The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader by
Publication Date: 2008-05-02
Placing the genre in a broad context,The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader outlines where the genre has been, where it is today, and where it may travel in the future. No longer relegated to the periphery of television, science fiction now commands a viewership vast enough to sustain a cable channel devoted to the genre.
Music in Television: Channels of Listening by
Publication Date: 2011-02-28
Music in Television is a collection of essays examining television's production of meaning through music in terms of historical contexts, institutional frameworks, broadcast practices, technologies, and aesthetics. It presents the reader with overviews of major genres and issues, as well as specific case studies of important television programs and events. With contributions from a wide range of scholars, the essays range from historical-analytical surveys of TV sound and genre designations to studies of the music in individual programs, including South Park and Dr. Who.