Remakes are pervasive in today’s popular culture, whether they take the form of reboots, “re-imaginings,” or overly familiar sequels. Television remakes have proven popular with producers and networks interested in building on the nostalgic capital of past successes (or giving a second chance to underused properties). Some TV remakes have been critical and commercial hits, and others haven’t made it past the pilot stage; all have provided valuable material ripe for academic analysis. In Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, contributors from a variety of backgrounds offer multicultural, multidisciplinary perspectives on remake themes in popular television series, from classic cult favorites such as The Avengers (1961–69) and The X-Files (1993–2002) to current hits like Doctor Who (2005–present) and The Walking Dead (2010–present). Chapters examine what constitutes a remake, and what series changes might tell us about changing historical and cultural contexts—or about the medium of television itself.
Release on 2015-11-03 | by Ursula Vernon,Elizabeth Bear,Karin Tidbeck,Yoon Ha Lee,Alex Bledsoe,Alaya Dawn Johnson,Tansy Rayner Roberts
Author: Ursula Vernon,Elizabeth Bear,Karin Tidbeck,Yoon Ha Lee,Alex Bledsoe,Alaya Dawn Johnson,Tansy Rayner Roberts
Pubpsher: Uncanny Magazine
The November/December 2015 issue of Uncanny Magazine. Featuring new fiction by Ursula Vernon, Elizabeth Bear, Karin Tidbeck, Yoon Ha Lee, and Alex Bledsoe, classic fiction by Alaya Dawn Johnson, essays by Annalee Flower Horne and Natalie Luhrs, Aidan Moher, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Deborah Stanish, poetry by Mari Ness, Sonya Taaffe, and Lisa M. Bradley, interviews with Yoon Ha Lee and Alex Bledsoe by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Julie Dillon, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas. As always, available DRM-free.
"From Gifs to vids, from tourist attractions to digital costuming, from Trekkers to Inspector Spacetime, Media Play illuminates the multiple economic, cultural, and social links between fans and the media industries"--
Release on 2018-03-04 | by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Damsels, Feminists and Monsters
Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Category: Performing Arts
Over the past half-century Doctor Who has defined science fiction television. The women in the series—from orphans and heroic mothers to seductresses and clever teachers—flourish in their roles yet rarely surmount them. Some companions rescue the Doctor and charm viewers with their technical brilliance, while others only scream for rescue. The villainesses dazzle with their cruelty, from the Rani to Cassandra and Missy. Covering all of the series—classic and new—along with Class, K9, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, novels, comics and Big Finish Audio adventures, this book examines the women archetypes in Doctor Who.
Release on 2013-10-01 | by Graeme Burk,Robert Smith?
The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die: An Unofficial Companion
Author: Graeme Burk,Robert Smith?
Category: Performing Arts
“Like being thrown the keys to the TARDIS with a temporal map to visit all those not-to-be-missed adventures in time and space” (Phil Ford, Doctor Who writer). Ever since its premiere on November 23, 1963, Doctor Who has been a television phenomenon. This companion guide presents the top fifty stories from the show’s first fifty years—examining every corner of the imaginative, humorous, and sometimes scary universe that has made Doctor Who an iconic part of popular culture. This must-have reference also includes behind the scenes details, goofs, trivia, connections to Doctor Who lore, and much more.
All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature — until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the company of strangers to a distant realm where he will finally face the forgotten secrets of his past, even as an old enemy returns with a vengeance. The Fell, a vicious race of shape-shifting predators, menaces groundlings and Raksura alike. Determined to crossbreed with the Raksura for arcane purposes, they are driven by an ancient voice that cries out from . . . .The siren depths.
Release on 2015-04-07 | by Nina Allan,Lynne Thomas,Joan Francis Turner,Seanan McGuire
Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who
Author: Nina Allan,Lynne Thomas,Joan Francis Turner,Seanan McGuire
Category: Performing Arts
In Companion Piece, a follow-up book to the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords, and the Hugo-nominated Chicks Unravel Time, a host of award-winning female writers, media professionals and more contribute essays that examine the wide array of humans, aliens and tin dogs who have accompanied the lead character of Doctor Who in his adventures throughout time and space.
Lorna Jowett delves into the distinctive stories and characters, including the Doctors themselves, their female and male companions, Captain Jack Harkness, Missy, Sarah Jane and her young comrades. She considers the showrunners, directors, producers and writers and the problems this flagship science fiction series has had in offering alternative gender models. Constructions of masculinity, the author function, and how gender intersects with the other facets of identity, race, ethnicity and age, are just some of the areas explored in this accessible and wide-ranging re-view of these hotly debated elements of the successful BBC franchise.
Release on 2014-11-11 | by Jennifer Brozek,Lars Pearson,Robert Smith
Author: Jennifer Brozek,Lars Pearson,Robert Smith
In Chicks Dig Gaming, editors Jennifer Brozek (Apocalypse Ink Productions), Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor?) and Lars Pearson (the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig series) bring together essays by nearly three dozen female writers to celebrate the gaming medium and its creators, and to examine the characters and games that they love. Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…) examines Super Mario Bros. through the lens of Samsara, the Wheel of Birth and Rebirth; Seanan McGuire (the Toby Daye series) shows how gaming taught her math; G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen) grapples with World of Warcraft; and Rosemary Jones (Forgotten Realms) celebrates adventurer Nellie Bly and the board game she inspired. Other contributors include Emily Care Boss (Gaming as Women), Racheline Maltese (The Book of Harry Potter Triffles…), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), Jody Lynn Nye (the MythAdventures series), and E. Lily Yu (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”).