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  • Publication: Science Fiction Film and Television
  • Date: Vol. 7, no. 2 (July 2014)
  • Author: Paul Booth
  • Page: 195-215
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: This article critiques the tendency to periodise television series into particular eras. Using Doctor Who as an example, it argues that, although a convenient shorthand for understanding changes in production staff, regenerations ofthe main character, or behind-the-scenes script editing, the meaningful articulation of ruptures in the continuity of television series also acts reductively on story interpretation. Periodisation disciplines readings of particular assumptions about eras of any show. This article argues for a more nuanced understanding ofthe practice of periodisation across television studies, focusing specifically on the archontic principles of the Doctor Who text Specifically, it argues for the joining of periodisation with continuity and canon as concomitant, polyvocal organisational factors applicable to the understanding ofthe ontology of any television text.


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  • APA 6th ed.: Booth, Paul (Vol. 7, no. 2 (July 2014)). Periodising Doctor Who. Science Fiction Film and Television p. 195-215.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Booth, Paul. "Periodising Doctor Who." Science Fiction Film and Television [add city] Vol. 7, no. 2 (July 2014), 195-215. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Booth, Paul. "Periodising Doctor Who." Science Fiction Film and Television, edition, sec., Vol. 7, no. 2 (July 2014)
  • Turabian: Booth, Paul. "Periodising Doctor Who." Science Fiction Film and Television, Vol. 7, no. 2 (July 2014), section, 195-215 edition.
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