Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century
Before Saturday March 26th 2005, 'Doctor Who' had been off the air as a regular, new TV series for more than fifteen years. And yet 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. Triumph of a Time Lord is the first book-length, scholarly study to explore the 'new Who' phenomenon. 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"? More than that, it challenges academic assumptions, analysing the significance of Murray Gold's music as well as visual representations. Written by a lifelong 'Who' fan, Triumph of a Time Lord 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'. In the twenty-first century, TV is changing, but the last of the Time Lords has been more than ready: he's been fantastic.
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Well I'm not really a media geek, so I didn't understand a lot of what the author was saying. Nevertheless I enjoyed the discussion and insight, especially about Russell T Davies, Murray Gold, and the ... Read full review
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