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Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event — Marketing, Merchandising and Mediatizing a Brand Anniversary


About this book


The BBC TV series Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013; this book analyses how promotion, commemorative merchandise and 3D cinema screenings worked paratextually to construct a 'popular media event' while sometimes uneasily integrating public service values and consumerist logics.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Aberystwyth UniversityUK

About the authors

Matt Hills is Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University. He is the author of five previous books, including Fan Cultures (2002), Triumph of a Time Lord (I.B. Tauris, 2010) and forthcoming from I.B. Tauris, Torchwood. Matt Hills is a regular reviewer for, and has published widely on Doctor Who and media fandom.

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"Hills delivers the goods again, with a superb, focused examination of Who that expands and energizes discussion of texts, paratexts, media events, marketing, merchandising, and media temporality. Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event is wonderfully nuanced, thoughtfully composed, and offers as much to those who don't know the Doctor as to those who do." - Jonathan Gray, author of Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts