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April 5th, 2017 5 comments

Doctor Who and History: Critical Essays on Imaging the Past

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When Sydney Newman conceived the idea for Doctor Who in 1963, he envisioned a show that would entertain as well as educate.

Historical adventures were part of his vision–the Doctor and his companions would visit and observe, but not interfere with, events in history.

That plan was dropped early on. Not only has the Doctor happily meddled with historical events for decades, his adventures–on television, in films, novels, comics, books and games–reflect how we regard our own place in history.

This collection of new essays examines how the Doctor engages with history and inspires reflections upon it history.

Topics includes reconstruction of lost historical serials, reflections on Britain’s colonial past, the subversion of nostalgia for village life, the depiction of Norse myths, alternate history, and the impact of historical decisions on the present

Categorised under: Books, Reference books


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    August 2nd, 2017 - 7:38am

    ??? That’s not the cover of the book — did someone at BBC merch get a copy and use it to smush a zarbi?

    Here’s the actual cover on Amazon

    • booboo

      August 2nd, 2017 - 7:45am

      probably an early draft

  • Anonymous

    April 5th, 2017 - 10:09pm

    Is that Ben on the cover? Bit of a weird companion to pick but hey whatever floats your boat

    • Vortexsurfer

      April 5th, 2017 - 11:04pm

      Er no, I think it’s the Emperor Nero.

    • Anonymous

      April 8th, 2017 - 9:24pm

      Is it really lol awkward

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