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Design for Doctor Who : vision and revision in science fiction television / Piers D. Britton.

By: Britton, Piers DMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Academic, 2021Publisher: ©2021Description: xii, 260 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472984159; 1472984153; 9781350116870; 1350116874Subject(s): Doctor Who (Television program : 1963-1989) | Doctor Who (Television program : 2005- ) | Television -- Stage-setting and scenery | CostumeDDC classification: 791.45/75 LOC classification: PN1992.77.D6273 | B75 2021Summary: "The long-running popular TV series Doctor Who is, Piers Britton argues, a 'uniquely design intensive text'. The elements of its production design - its sets and props, costumes and make up, special effects and prosthetics - have always been central to Doctor Who's distinctive visual style and the pleasure it gives to its viewers. This visual style is also essential in creating the many different worlds that the Doctor encounters from episode to episode, in addition to the unique aesthetic of each Doctor and the changing design of iconic sets such as the TARDIS, and enemies such as the Daleks and the Cybermen. Piers Britton provides the first in-depth study of Doctor Who's design and the way the show constructs unique visual worlds. Tracing Doctor Who's design history from its inception in 1963 through to the present day, and following its production journey from London to its current home in Cardiff, Britton explores how the show's designers have created settings from Elizabethan England to the end of the universe, the distinctive costumes of the individual Doctors and his companions, and the extraordinary prosthetics of the Doctor's allies and opponents from across the galaxies"-- Provided by publisher.
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The long-running popular TV series Doctor Who is, Piers Britton argues, a 'uniquely design intensive text': its time-and-space-travel premise requires that designers be tirelessly imaginative in devising new worlds and entities and recreating past civilizations. While Doctor Who 's attempts at worldbuilding are notorious for being hit-and-miss - old jokes about wobbly walls and sink plungers die hard - the distinctiveness of the series' design imagery is beyond question. And over the course of six decades Doctor Who has produced designs which are not only iconic but, in being repeatedly revisited and updated, have proven to be an ever-more important element in the series' identity and mythos.In the first in-depth study of Doctor Who 's costumes, sets and graphics, Piers Britton offers an historical overview of both the original and the revived series, explores theoretical frameworks for evaluating Doctor Who design, and provides detailed analysis of key images. Case studies include the visual morphology of Doctor Who 's historical adventures, the evaluative character of cosplay, and the ongoing significance for the Doctor Who brand of such high-profile designs as the Daleks and the TARDIS interior, the 'time-tunnel' title sequence, and the costumes of the Fourth and Thirteenth Doctors.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The long-running popular TV series Doctor Who is, Piers Britton argues, a 'uniquely design intensive text'. The elements of its production design - its sets and props, costumes and make up, special effects and prosthetics - have always been central to Doctor Who's distinctive visual style and the pleasure it gives to its viewers. This visual style is also essential in creating the many different worlds that the Doctor encounters from episode to episode, in addition to the unique aesthetic of each Doctor and the changing design of iconic sets such as the TARDIS, and enemies such as the Daleks and the Cybermen. Piers Britton provides the first in-depth study of Doctor Who's design and the way the show constructs unique visual worlds. Tracing Doctor Who's design history from its inception in 1963 through to the present day, and following its production journey from London to its current home in Cardiff, Britton explores how the show's designers have created settings from Elizabethan England to the end of the universe, the distinctive costumes of the individual Doctors and his companions, and the extraordinary prosthetics of the Doctor's allies and opponents from across the galaxies"-- Provided by publisher.

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