Students will consider and reflect on how Doctor Who has reached audiences from children and families to young adults and lifelong viewers through a wide array of broadcast, print and digital media, as well as describe how Doctor Who has applied elements of many media genres — sci-fi, horror, action, comedy and many others — to form a style that is unique to the series. The class will also learn about the series original producer, Verity Lambert, and director, Waris Hussein, and their impact on the show, including the circumstance of a woman showrunner and a British-Indian director at the helm of a television series in the early 1960s. The contributions of Lambert, Hussein and other early influencers will be analyzed, along with the auteur of each successive showrunner, writer or director from Terry Nation to Philip Hinchcliffe and later Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat. Along the way, students will also learn to identify and discuss cultural, social and political issues that have been addressed in the series over five decades, and how Doctor Who, like many science fiction series, applies futuristic and alien concepts to deliver social commentary on current affairs.
November 4, 2014 at 5:20 AM EST