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About adambutt2

I am a media student at Bridgwater College and I like Star Wars, Torchwood, Primeval, Atlantis, The Musketeers, Our Zoo, Doctor Who, Hollyoaks, Merlin, Transformers, Marvel, DC, LOTR, Harry Potter and Sherlock :)

1960’s ‘Doctor Who’: ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ Commentary & Narration

This is me explaining some of the key features, elements and references in the 1960’s ‘Doctor Who’ serial ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’. This is the second story in which The Daleks appeared on TV screens. I go into how certain aspects of it appeal to a certain audience, how humour is used, and how different characters are represented in different ways amongst other things including how popular culture references certain historical things in real life i.e. The Daleks in ‘Doctor Who’ and the Galactic Empire and the Stormtroopers in ‘Star Wars’ could be compared to Nazism. For Example, the Nazi party’s swastika has similarities to both the Galactic Empire’s logo in the ‘Star Wars’ movies but also the Sith Empire’s logo in ‘The Old Republic’.


Genres: How They Have Changed Over Time Powerpoint Presentation Slides

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‘Doctor Who’: Stereotyping, Presence, Absence, Closed, Open, Multi-Strand & Single-Strand

The characters in ‘Doctor Who’ are quite stereotypical in a way. Also the absence of some characters in some episodes (such as Barbara’s absence in some episodes e.g. an episode of ‘The Sensorites’, and The Doctor’s absence in some episodes e.g. an episode of ‘The Keys of Marinus’) is explained by Barbara being up on a ship above a planet and The Doctor being in a different location. This is so the actors and actresses could have a holiday break.

The content in an episode can be closed or open and it can be either single-strand or multi-strand. I think single-strand means a single story and multi-strand means a story arc.

The presence of characters like The Doctor changes things as people get happy and are excited to see him as they know The Doctor is here to save the day and they know he will save it at any cost. It’s not just the characters on screen (his companions and his friends) that are excited and happy to see him, but also the audience watching the TV at home.


Analysis and Response

There are many genre characteristics in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘World’s End’ that make it a Science-Fiction Fantasy Drama. It is a drama because it is pretty much dramatic throughout most of the episode.

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‘Doctor Who’: ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’: Episode 1: ‘World’s End’ Analysis

Essentially the episode starts off with the title sequence and then it goes into a scene with a Roboman walking into the River Thames. Then it cuts to a shot of The TARDIS materialising and then cuts again to shot inside The TARDIS where The Doctor is pressing, pushing and pulling loads of knobs and dials on the console after his flips his handkerchief all over it to dust it off.

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News & Soap Operas: How They Reflect Real life Issues, Patriotism In ‘Transformers’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ & Good, Bad and Evil In ‘Transformers’

The news and soap operas are both direct reflections of what is happening in reality. The only difference is the news is reporting about real people and events and soaps are showing fictional people and events. Most of the story lines that characters go through in soaps are based on real issues that happen to real people in real life. In ‘EastEnders’ they had an example of homelessness with Ian Beale.

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‘Doctor Who’: ‘The Deadly Assassin’: Tom Baker: 1970’s: Strangulation Clip 2

This clip was considered really violent in the 1970’s at the time it was broadcast. It was considered controversial by Mary Whitehouse and the National Viewers and Listeners Association. It is a clip from the Tom Baker era of ‘Doctor Who’ from a serial entitled ‘The Deadly Assassin’.


Body Image (Physical Beauty) & Intelligence

The media seems to focus on body image and physical beauty more than it does intelligence. It also seems to promote it more too. It is surprising then that a program like ‘Doctor Who’ has lasted so long (50 years), as this program focuses more on intelligence than body image. However, it is not surprising that a program like ‘Hollyoaks’ has lasted so long as that focuses more on body image than it does intelligence.

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‘Doctor Who’: Tom Baker: 1970’s: ‘The Robots of Death’: Stranglation Clip 1

This is the first stranglation clip from ‘Doctor Who’ in the 1970’s in the Tom Baker era from a story called ‘The Robots of Death’. It’s an example of the kind of violent content that Mary Whitehouse and the National Viewers and Listeners Association were complaining about.


Family Guy: PTV: The FCC: Censorship

In this second clip from ‘Family Guy’, the FCC try to censor out Peter’s swearing by blowing a horn to bleep all the swear words out.