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Essays on the Jodie Whittaker era

This book explores a new cultural moment in the history of the BBC TV series, Doctor Who: the casting of a female lead. Following the reveal that Jodie Whittaker would be the thirteenth Doctor, the series has been caught up in media and fan controversies – has it become ‘too political’? Has showrunner Chris Chibnall tampered disastrously with long-running continuity? And has the regendered thirteenth Doctor been represented differently from her predecessors? Analysing Whittaker’s era – up to and including Doctor Who’s responses to 2020’s first lockdown – this edited collection addresses how the show has been repositioned as a self-consciously inclusive brand. Featuring brand-new interview material with those working on-screen (series regular Mandip Gill and guest star Julie Hesmondhalgh) and those operating behind the scenes in crucial roles (Segun Akinola, composer of the current theme and incidental music), Doctor Who – New Dawn focuses on how the thirteenth Doctor’s era of spectacular TV has been created, and how it has diversified representations of queerness, race, and family. Moving beyond the television show itself, chapters also address fan responses to the thirteenth Doctor via memes, cosplay, and non-Anglophone translation. Finally, this collection looks at how the new ‘moment’ of Doctor Who has moved into gendered realms of merchandising, the commercial ‘experience economy’, and a paratextual neo-gift economy of Covid-19 lockdown reactions that were created by previous showrunners alongside Chris Chibnall. A vigorous new dawn for Doctor Who calls for rigorous new analysis – and the thirteen chapters gathered together here all respond adventurously to the call.

Lorna Jowett

[G]enerally ‘queer’ means to resist or reject the idea that being ‘normal’ is valuable or ideal, and to seek other ways of existing. (Cáel Keegan, 2019 ) DOCTOR: Why are you calling me madam? YASMIN: Because you’re a woman. DOCTOR: Am I? Does it suit me? (‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’) So, if Doctor Who is married to River Song and Doctor Who is now a

in Doctor Who – New Dawn
From studio realism to location realism in BBC television drama

Until recently, little work had been conducted on television acting per se, let alone the various coalescing factors that underpin and help shape it. This book addresses that lack, utilising a selection of science fiction case studies from the world of BBC television drama to investigate how small screen performance has altered since the days of live production. This then-and-now comparison of performing for British television drama focuses on science fiction case studies to provide a multi-perspectival examination of the historical development of acting in UK television drama. By the mid-1970s, studio realism might be expected to have reached its apotheosis, yet it was by no means all-encompassing as a style of television acting. A new approach was therefore required, with much of the performance preparation now taking place on location rather than being perfected beforehand in a separate rehearsal space: the seeds of location realism. One of the most notable contrasts between early television drama and the modern day is the shift from multi-camera studio to single camera location filming. Comparing the original versions of The Quatermass Experiment, Doctor Who and Survivors with their respective modern-day re-makes, the book unpacks the developments that have resulted from the shift from multi-camera studio to single camera location production. Examining changing acting styles from distinct eras of television production, the book makes a unique contribution to both television and performance studies, unpacking the various determinants that have combined to influence how performers work in the medium.

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Writing about Personal Experiences of Humanitarianism
Róisín Read
Tony Redmond
, and
Gareth Owen

you particularly wanted to say either to the public about humanitarianism or maybe to those in the sector itself? Or a reason you specifically thought your story was important to tell more widely at this moment in time? You both hint at this, but I’d be interested in your more explicit reflection on it. TR: The medical world in general can be very critical of doctors who undertake humanitarian work. Accusations of glory seeking, virtue signalling, attention seeking, etc. come thick and fast and continue to this day. Your motives are challenged continuously and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Dispelling Misconceptions about Sexual Violence against Men and Boys in Conflict and Displacement
Heleen Touquet
Sarah Chynoweth
Sarah Martin
Chen Reis
Henri Myrttinen
Philipp Schulz
Lewis Turner
, and
David Duriesmith

& Littlefield ). Fieldnotes ( 2016 ), Fieldnotes Lewis Turner, participant-observation in Za’tari Refugee Camp , Jordan , August . Fieldnotes ( 2018 ), Fieldnotes Heleen Touquet, conversation with a doctor who works with torture survivors in London , April . Goodley

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Hakim Khaldi

civilians when MSF took the decision to launch cross-border relief operations in the form of direct emergency medical assistance. Working out of Reyhanlı, still in collaboration with UOSSM, MSF entered Syria in May 2012, arriving in the village of Atmeh in the north of Idlib governorate, situated just a few hundred metres from the border. In June 2012, a clandestine hospital was opened, with the help of a doctor who was also the local UOSSM manager. At this point, in order to

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Negotiating with the Daleks
Jonathan Bignell

This essay connects a study of the commissioning and production processes of the well-known science-fiction drama series Doctor Who with the larger theoretical question of the understandings of ‘quality’ guiding its production and reception. The serial most fully discussed is ‘The Daleks’ (BBC 1963), which ensured Doctor Who’s survival by attracting significant audiences with a futuristic science fiction adventure. 1 As James Chapman has noted ( 2002 :3–4), the evaluation and justification of quality in British television drama has focused on its social

in Popular television drama
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Addressing intersectionality in the casting and performance of Chris Chibnall / Jodie Whittaker era Doctor Who
Christopher Hogg

In 2017, the announcement that Jodie Whittaker had been cast as the first female Doctor initiated a period of heated debate surrounding the current production phase of Doctor Who under the showrunner Chris Chibnall. The debate continues to this day across online and print media, and in the contexts of both more focused fan discussion and wider industrial and socio-cultural commentary. As Alec Charles ( 2020 ) notes, the crux of this extended debate concerns whether Doctor Who has adopted a

in Doctor Who – New Dawn
Imperial fictions: Doctor Who, post-racial slavery and other liberal humanist fantasies
Susana Loza

6 Whiteness, normativity and the ongoing racial Other: imperial fictions: Doctor Who, post-racial slavery and other liberal humanist fantasies Susana Loza Science fiction often talks about race by not talking about race, makes real aliens, has hidden race dialogues. Even though it is a literature that talks a lot about underclasses or oppressed classes, it does so from a privileged if somewhat generic white space. (Isiah Lavender III, Race in American Science Fiction)1 In Framing Monsters: Fantasy Film and Social Alienation, Joshua Bellin claims that fantasy

in Adjusting the contrast
Paratexts of hope and care
Matt Hills

In ‘Periodising Doctor Who ’, Paul Booth cautions against treating the show’s division into eras as ‘the lens through which all Doctor Who is interpreted’, since this ‘reductively facilitates … reading[s] … based on … [a] totalising principle’ ( 2014 : 205). The danger of splitting Who into eras is that this forces fan debate into limited parameters. But under certain circumstances we might be less suspicious of Doctor Who ‘eras’. For example, the emergence of COVID-19 occasioned such a

in Doctor Who – New Dawn