The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the new Doctor Who

Published by the Science Fiction Foundation
edited by Simon Bradshaw, Graham Sleight, and Tony Keen, with a foreword by Robert Shearman

The return of Doctor Who to regular TV production after many years of absence has proven to be one of the BBC's greatest successes of the last decade. To a great extent this is down to the distinctive re-invention of the programme by its chief writer and executive producer, Russell T. Davies, and the group of writers - many, like him, long-term Who fans - he assembled. The Unsilent Library examines the storytelling style and techniques of the first five years of the New Doctor Who. Ten in-depth critical essays explore how its writers have updated a series with a history stretching back five decades to stand in the forefront of contemporary science fiction drama. Contents:

  • Foreword by Robert Shearman
  • Introduction by the editors (online preview)
  • Graham Sleight ‘The Big Picture Show: Russell T. Davies's writing for Doctor Who’ (online preview)
  • Paul Hawkins ‘The reasons and functions behind the use of deus ex machina in Season One of the New Who’
  • Una McCormack ‘He's Not the Messiah: undermining political and religious authority in New Doctor Who’
  • Antony Keen ‘Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?’ (online preview)
  • Sydney Duncan and Andy Duncan ‘How Donna Noble Saved the Multiverse (and Had To Pay for It)’
  • Catherine Coker ‘Does the Doctor Dance? Heterosexuality, Omnisexuality, and Spontaneous Generation in the Whoverse’
  • James Rose ‘Conflict, Hybridity and Forgiveness’
  • Leslie McMurtry ‘The Importance of Language Converted to Knowledge in the Arsenal of the Tenth Doctor’
  • Richard Burley ‘Philosophies of Time Travel in the New Doctor Who’
  • Clare Parody ‘Approaching Character in the New Doctor Who’
  • Appendix: Details of Episodes (online preview)
  • Notes on Contributors (online preview)
  • Index (online preview)

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Published January 2011
Paperback, 180pp, £10
ISBN 978-0-903007-08-5

"...better than any of the other analytical books I've read about New Who." Nicholas Whyte

The SF Foundation is now offering The Unsilent Library at the discount rate of £1 (plus p&p)Purchasers should contact sjbradshaw@mac.com to order.