Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who
 

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By:Paul Booth (ed.)
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When:  July 2013
Publisher:  Intellect
ISBN:978-1-78320-020-7
Format: paperback
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Note:  One of a "Fan Phenomena" series of books devoted to cult fandoms in TV, movies and literature. Some of the other books in the series include Batman, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Star Wars and Twin Peaks.

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Since its premiere in November 1963, the classic British television program Doctor Who has been a cornerstone of popular culture for half a century. From the earliest "Exterminate!" to the recent "Allons-y!," from the white-haired grandfather to the wide-grinned youth, the show has depicted the adventures of a time-travelling, dual-hearted, quick-witted, and multi-faced hero as he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, and all manner of nasties. And, like its main character, who can regenerate his body and change his appearance, Doctor Who fandom has developed and changed significantly in the fifty years since its inception.

In this engaging and insightful collection, fans and scholars from around the globe explore fan fiction, fan videos and fan knitting, as well as the creation of new languages. As multifaceted as the character himself, Doctor Who fans come in many forms, and this book investigates thoroughly the multitude of fandoms, fan works, and fan discussions about this always-surprising and energetic programme.

Featuring full-colour images of fan work and discussions of both classic and New Who fandom, this book takes reader on a journey of discovery into one of the largest worldwide fan audiences that has ever existed. Thoughtful, insightful, and readable, this is one of only a few — and certainly one of the best — guides to Doctor Who fan culture and is certain to appeal to the show's many ardent fans across the globe.

Paul Booth is assistant professor at DePaul University and the author of Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television and Digital Fandom: New Media Studies. He is a life-long fan of Doctor Who.



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