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Modes of TV spectacle in the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who
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Contributing to an academic field that is beginning to appreciate spectacle in television drama, just as in the cinema, Dene October’s chapter on filming the new Doctor Who series focuses on three main areas: the contemplation of setting; curiosity and criticality of content; and personalized viewing pleasures. Contemplation of setting involves stopping and staring; curiosity and criticality of content points to an awesome presentation of the environment while messages about green management are still being enforced and recognized; while personalized viewing pleasures, for instance, include the private erotic spectacle of the worldwide reveal of the thirteenth Doctor. In concentrating on these topics, October sets out the ways in which spectacle enhances audience engagement and agency.

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