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  • Publication: Critical Studies in Television
  • Date: v. 9, no. 1 (spring 2014)
  • Author: Matt Hills
  • Page: 95-113
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: Recent Doctor Who episodes such as ‘The Name of the Doctor’ and ‘The Day of the Doctor’ anniversary special suggest that today's multi-Doctor TV stories seek to avoid audience awareness of actors' visible ageing, focusing on recent incarnations of the Doctor alongside sampled footage of previous stars. This positions 2013's multi-Doctor TV stories within a mode of ‘database aesthetics' rather than as pastiching the programme's past. Recombining images from previous Doctor Who could unify the hyperdiegetic ‘Whoniverse’, but I identify a tension between this textuality and licensing strategies targeting fandom. And whilst November 23rd's episode was designed to be accessible to a mass audience, ‘The Night of the Doctor’ minisode and ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’ responded to fans' wishes: contemporary multi-Doctor stories seemingly operate as part of the show's ‘fanbrand’, incorporating knowledge of fan critique.


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  • APA 6th ed.: Hills, Matt (v. 9, no. 1 (spring 2014)). When Doctor Who Enters Its Own Timeline: The Database Aesthetics and Hyperdiegesis of Multi-Doctor Stories. Critical Studies in Television p. 95-113.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Hills, Matt. "When Doctor Who Enters Its Own Timeline: The Database Aesthetics and Hyperdiegesis of Multi-Doctor Stories." Critical Studies in Television [add city] v. 9, no. 1 (spring 2014), 95-113. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Hills, Matt. "When Doctor Who Enters Its Own Timeline: The Database Aesthetics and Hyperdiegesis of Multi-Doctor Stories." Critical Studies in Television, edition, sec., v. 9, no. 1 (spring 2014)
  • Turabian: Hills, Matt. "When Doctor Who Enters Its Own Timeline: The Database Aesthetics and Hyperdiegesis of Multi-Doctor Stories." Critical Studies in Television, v. 9, no. 1 (spring 2014), section, 95-113 edition.
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