Inside the TARDIS: A Cultural History of Doctor Who
 

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By:James Chapman
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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  April 2006
Publisher:  I.B. Tauris
ISBN:1-84511-163-X
Format: paperback
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With the successful twenty-first century revival of an old favourite for a new generation of viewers, this is the time to look afresh at one of the great classics of British television. Doctor Who enjoys the distinction of being the longest-running science fiction series in the world. The adventures of everyone's favourite Time Lord and his many companions, as they battle it out with Daleks, Cybermen and many more intergalactic menaces, have become an indelible part of popular culture. In this new study of a television institution — the first to draw extensively on the full riches of the BBC Written Archives — James Chapman explores the history of Doctor Who from its origins to the present day. He shows how the series has evolved to meet changing contexts inside the BBC and in the wider culture, while all the time retaining its quirky, eccentric and distinctively British characteristics. And he demonstrates how the production history of the series has allowed it to renew and refresh its format in response to developments in the wider world of science fiction. Chapman writes from the perspective of a fan as well as a historian: this will be the essential text for all serious Doctor Who aficionados.

James Chapman is Professor of Film at the University of Leicester. His previous books for I.B. Tauris include Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films and Saints and Avengers: British Adventure Series of the 1960s.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
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ISBN:1-84511-162-1
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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who
Released:  September 2013
Publisher:  I.B. Tauris
ISBN:978-1-78076-140-4
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Inside the Tardis has been acclaimed as a definitive history of the world's longest-running television science fiction series. In this second edition, published to mark the 50th anniversary of everyone's favourite Time Lord, James Chapman has brought the story up to date to include the new series of Doctor Who as well as its successful spin offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

With new material on the 'eras' of showrunners Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat, as well as the latest incarnations of the Doctor in David Tennant and Matt Smith, this updated edition shows how Doctor Who has triumphantly reinvented itself for the twenty-first century. Doctor Who has not only become essential viewing once again, but is also one of British television's most successful exports. Chapman maps both the continuities with classic Doctor Who, as well as exploring how the series has evolved to take account of new institutional and cultural contexts.

Written by someone who is a life-long Doctor Who fan as well as a historian, this new edition of Inside the Tardis is essential and enjoyable reading for all those interested in both the classic series and its thoroughly modern reincarnation.

James Chapman is Professor of Film at the University of Leicester. He is a leading cinema and television historian and his books from I.B. Tauris include Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films, Saints and Avengers: British Adventure Series of the 1960s, Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film, and (with Nicholas J. Cull) Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema and Projecting Tomorrow: Science Fiction and Popular Cinema.

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Edition: UK (3rd paperback)
Title:  Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who
Released:  28 May 2020
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN:978-1-350-17949-3
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