Doctor Who: A History

Doctor Who: A History

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by Alan Kistler
     
 

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Premiering the day after the JFK assassination, Doctor Who humbly launched one of the entertainment world's first super-brands. We begin with a look at TV programming of the day and the original pitch documents before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn't make the cut but inspired many monsters to follow. After three years, First Doctor William Hartnell left

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Premiering the day after the JFK assassination, Doctor Who humbly launched one of the entertainment world's first super-brands. We begin with a look at TV programming of the day and the original pitch documents before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn't make the cut but inspired many monsters to follow. After three years, First Doctor William Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than end it, giving us the first "regeneration" and making TV history. We follow the succession of Doctors—including Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, exiled to Earth and targeted by the Master—and see how the program reflected the feminism of the 1970s while gaining mainstream popularity with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker . . . until declining support from the BBC eventually led to cancelation. Fan outcry saved the series only for it to suffer a repeat cancelation. Yet many continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication, novels, audio dramas, and Doctor Who Magazine. Paul McGann impressed many as the Eighth Doctor in a 1996 TV movie, but it failed to reignite the series. A new age dawned in 2005 with Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and a serious special effects budget before Tenth Doctor David Tennant helped rocket the series to international popularity and a new era of spinoffs. With Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, the show became a bona fide success here in America. Following the program's fiftieth anniversary, Whovians will meet the Twelfth Doctor, ushering in yet another era for the unstoppable Time Lord.Featuring discussions of concepts and characters, with insights from producers, writers, and actors from across the years, here is a rich, behind-the-camera investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who.

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"The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who." —Steven Spielberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762791880
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
235,895
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Kistler cohosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast. Recognized as a comic book historian by CNN, he has written for MTV.com, Wired.com, and ComicBookResources.com and has spoken at the Paley Center for Media on Star Trek and vampire fiction and at Geek Girl Con on women in science fiction. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. Visit him on Twitter @SizzlerKistler or at AlanKistler.com.

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Doctor Who: A History 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all Whovians like myself and I wold extremly recomend it to everyone, even if you aren't a Whovian.
hates_sunlight More than 1 year ago
I'm rating this a 1 star because the sidebars freeze my Nook HD+. Apparently quality control is even worse. And to think I paid full price for a book that isn't completely viewable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Michael, my grandauther Kaylie Raye, who is four years old, and my son Seth love Doctor Who. When we watch it on t. v. we talk about it all thru the show and afterwards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time lord
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ran out of money and REALLY want to read this. Someone please lend me none of my friends have nooooooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to coexist res 4 for rules 5 for room
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A whovian is some one who is a fan of doctor who.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Run you clever boy, and remember
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Re post this 3 times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love doctor who its my faviorit show
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a whovean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a biography of Doctor Who.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like doctor who
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Haley Harwell, this is my question, whats a whovian? ~ Haley Harwell :)