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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’.

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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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Target Audiences, Focus Groups & Update 2 on the Critical Approaches/Responses Unit

The target audience for Adam West 1960’s ‘Batman’ is families but it appeals more to kids than it does adults. It enjoyed a prime time slot in the USA during the 1960’s and it was repeated in UK in the 1970’s also at prime time. It lasted for three seasons. Not as much violence was allowed in the 60’s as it is n0w and that is why the decision was made to make ‘Batman’ have camp and comedic elements in it. It was originally intended to be a serious program back in the 60’s but over the years this has changed and nowadays it has sort of adopted the role of a sitcom. Another reason why it had camp and comedic elements in it was because of the target audience so the content in the show was fit for viewing and fit for purpose and the screen.

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