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’.
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.
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.
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.
This is feedback generated from the audience for the show; this is not a selected group of people but anyone with a comment on the show. Whilst watching an episode of ‘Doctor Who’ many people send twitter and Facebook updates on what they think of the show. By monitoring the audience’s response to the episode it can help to improve future ones.
If for example many people comment on the way the Doctor dresses saying they really like it, the producers know to include this style of clothing in future episodes as it has had a good response. On the other hand if one of the characters are commonly spoken about saying they’re not funny and are generally not liked, then the producers will have to make a decision of what to do with the character. It may be the best option to replace the character or change the aspects that aren’t enjoyed.
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’.
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.
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.