Tag Archives: Science-Fiction

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’ Video Clip 1: ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ (1960’s) (Formal)

This is a clip from 1960’s ‘Doctor Who’ from the end of a serial called ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’.

It shows The Doctor played by an old man (William Hartnell) saying goodbye to his companion and grandaughter Susan Foreman (played by Carole Ann Ford). Susan is unwillingly staying with a person called David Campbell to spend the rest of her life with him and to probably get married and have kids with him.

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How Science-Fiction Has Changed: ‘Star Wars’ Romance Video 2

Now this second video is drastically different to the first one. This one is on the video game ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ rather than on the film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

Suddenly interactivity is involved, the relation to the characters is still there but in a slightly different way, as you the player are making the decisions now and it makes you feel more emotionally attached, connected and driven by it.

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How Science-Fiction Has Changed: ‘Star Wars’ Romance Video 1

In this first video from a Star Wars original movie (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980) there is no interactivity that an audience can interact with, all they can do is relate with the characters. Sorry for the bad quality but it’s the best version of the video I could find on You Tube without extra clips or music added in. It is the original music from the film.


How science-fiction has changed over the years

Firstly, ‘Doctor Who’ is massively different nowadays to how it was back in the 1960’s. When the show started The Doctor was played by an old man (William Hartnell) and nowadays he is played by a young man (Matt Smith). His companions back then were his granddaughter (Susan Foreman) and two school teachers (Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright), but nowadays it is a woman who keeps dying every time he meets her (Clara Oswin Oswald), so the program has become more complicated over the years with complex story arcs. In the 50th anniversary it is rumoured that there will even be a secret story arc that has been building up over the last three years, maybe more. In the 60’s there weren’t hardly any story arcs.

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