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  • Publication: Interactions
  • Date: vol. 1, no. 3 (2009)
  • Author: Paul Booth
  • Page: 331-349
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: The wiki illustrates an entwining of history and narrative, a relation that becomes obvious through comparisons with the long-form television programme Doctor Who. In this article I examine the fan-created wiki for this long-running British television series, http://tardis.wikia.com, to articulate the interconnectedness of narrative and history on wikis. Tardis.wikia illustrates an important tension present within editable digital archives: that is, wikis represent the archival of knowledge as both a historical misrepresentation as well as a necessary step in equating ‘knowledge’ with historical truth. Wikis represent a particularly salient view of how memory, culture and history collide in a ‘Web 2.0’ world. By looking at four different functions of history in the narrative of Doctor Who, and then examining how these functions become represented on tardis.wikia, I illustrate some of the ideology, production, historical memory and editability of our contemporary digital culture, and show how traditional media forms can often offer a useful heuristic for understanding new media technologies.


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  • APA 6th ed.: Booth, Paul (vol. 1, no. 3 (2009)). Time and relative dimensions on line: Doctor Who, wikis and the production of narrative/history. Interactions p. 331-349.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Booth, Paul. "Time and relative dimensions on line: Doctor Who, wikis and the production of narrative/history." Interactions [add city] vol. 1, no. 3 (2009), 331-349. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Booth, Paul. "Time and relative dimensions on line: Doctor Who, wikis and the production of narrative/history." Interactions, edition, sec., vol. 1, no. 3 (2009)
  • Turabian: Booth, Paul. "Time and relative dimensions on line: Doctor Who, wikis and the production of narrative/history." Interactions, vol. 1, no. 3 (2009), section, 331-349 edition.
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