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Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who

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-traveling, 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 program.
Featuring full color 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.

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164 pages | 50 color plates | 6.69 x 9.61 | © 2013

Fan Phenomena

Culture Studies

Film Studies

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Eleven Fandoms?

      Matt Hills


      Paul Booth

Part 1: Who are Doctor Who Fans?

Frock Coats, Yo-Yos and a Chair with a Panda on It: Nostalgia for the Future in the Life of a Doctor Who Fan

      Ivan Phillips

Joint Ventures and Loose Cannons: Reconstructing Doctor Who’s Missing Past

      Richard Wallace

Life in the Hiatus: New Doctor Who Fans, 1989-2005

      Craig Owen Jones

Britain as Fantasy: New Series Doctor Who in Young American Nerd Culture

      Dylan Morris

“You Anorak”: The Doctor Who Experience and Experiencing Doctor Who

      Teresa Forde

The First Time

      Paul Booth

Part 2: What Do Doctor Who Fans Do?

Do It Yourself: Women, Fanzines and Doctor Who

      Leslie McMurtry

“We’re Making Our Own Happy Ending!”: The Doctor Who Fan Vidding Community

      Katharina Freund

Extermi…Knit!: Female Fans and Feminine Handicrafting

      Brigid Cherry

The Language(s) of Gallifrey

      Denise Vultee

“Doctor Who Unbound”, the Alternate History and the Fannish Text

      Karen Hellekson

Doctor Who, Slacktivism and Social Media Fandom

      Jeremy Sarachan

Gif Fics and the Rebloggable Canon of “SuperWhoLock”

      Nistasha Perez

Contributor Biographies

Image Credits

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