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Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV

Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV

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Starting with the current stratospheric popularity of Doctor Who, Timeless Adventures sees leading Who-ologist and cult TV expert Brian J. Robb explore each decade of the show’s history in a unique political and pop cultural context that draw links between contemporary Britain and the Doctor Who stories. Robb argues that Doctor Who is at its best (and remembered by viewers) when it plugs into realworld fears in the audience.

By way of illustration Brian J. Robb - whose previous books include a New York Times best-selling biography of Leonardo DiCaprio and Screams and Nightmares, the definitive book on horror director Wes Craven - throws fresh light on the cultural and political relevance of villains such as the Daleks (who expressed lingering wartime fears) and the Cybermen (who symbolised concerns about 1960s spare-part replacement surgery).

Bringing the analysis up to date, Robb then looks at how the latest TV series has successfully engaged with its audience by reflecting current issues such as energy and environment, consumerism and dieting. The book also includes rare and exclusive interviews with Doctor Who producers Barry Letts and Philip Hinchcliffe.

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