New Worlds, Terrifying Monsters, Impossible Things: Exploring the Contents and Contexts of Doctor Who: PopMatters eBook

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Doctor Who holds the distinction of not only being the longest running sci-fi series, but also one of the longest running prime-time series, ever. While numerous scholarship (both academic and non) has examined both the original series (1963-1989) and the rebooted series (2005-present), we are seeking to examine the historical and cultural contexts of the series, including topics such as the "missing" episodes, the show's place on the BBC, its global transmission, and branding of the series. (We will not be covering analyses of fandom or individual episodes.)

We welcome ideas for articles, but we are especially seeking proposals on:

The reception/transmission of the series internationally (past or present): BBC, PBS, SyFy, BBC America

Doctor Who as brand/ancillary products and "toyetic" potential

The global transmission of the 50th Anniversary special

American remakes of British series/the 1996 Doctor Who film as "pilot episode"

Doctor Who as "educational programming" as per the BBC's mission statement

The missing episodes/BBC's wiping policy

Doctor Who's place in the BBC's programming history

Science fiction on the BBC pre-Doctor Who

The Future of Doctor Who

The place of paratexts (e.g., minisodes/webisodes/Big Audio) in the text of Doctor Who

Pitch Deadline: 4 April 2015
First Drafts: 20 May 2015
Final Essay Deadline: 15 June 2015
Contact: Erin Giannini and Karen Zarker
Email subject line: Doctor Who: Contents and Contexts

Essays accepted for this collection will be published as an eBook for Doctor Who fans and cultural generalists. Essays should be written in PopMatters style; erudite, engaging and entertaining, but not laden with academic language. Essays length is approximately 2,000-3,000 words, MLA format. Royalties will be paid. Essays not accepted for the eBook will be considered for publication on the PopMatters website.