Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6⅜ x 9¼
978-1-4422-3284-6 • Hardback • May 2014 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4422-3285-3 • eBook • May 2014 • $105.50 • (£82.00)
Marcus K. Harmes lectures in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has published extensively in Roman, British, and Australian history and the cultural history of British science fiction, including Doctor Who.
Periods via lead actor
Chapter One: In the Beginning
Chapter Two: What Gets Adapted?
Chapter Three:Who Was Adapting?
Chapter Four: Motives for Adapting
Chapter Five: A Classical Education- Adapting History in Doctor Who
Chapter Six: Victorian Worlds in Doctor Who
Chapter Seven: Gothic Themes and Creative Tensions
Chapter Eight: British Westerns, American Frontiers, and a Marketing Strategy
Chapter Nine: Who-dunit? Agatha Christie in Time and Space
Chapter Ten: Tragedy, the Jacobeans… and Evelyn Waugh
About the Author
In this book Marcus Harmes offers readers an accessible and engaging introduction to adaptation theory, journeying through the ways in which bits of old and new Doctor Who can be considered adaptations of something else. Even lifelong Doctor Who fans who have enjoyed decades of spotting cultural references in the program will be surprised at the extent to which the show has borrowed, blended, transformed and re-presented elements of the society and culture in which it was produced. Harmes amply demonstrates that this unique and beloved show—so original and unlike anything else—is in fact a multi-dimensional chimera of texts and genres from throughout time and space that have been given the Doctor Who treatment. The author brings to bear his comprehensive knowledge of English-language literature and story-telling conventions, as well as his loving familiarity with Doctor Who.
— Lindy Orthia, editor of Doctor Who and Race (2013)
An examination of how Doctor Who borrows from book, film, and TV, creatively reworking other texts into its own never-ending narrative. Fans of every era of the show will find it engaging and eye-opening.
— Kate Orman, author of The Left-Handed Hummingbird (1993), Vampire Science (1997), and many other Doctor Who novels
Doctor Who has always borrowed ideas and aesthetics from a variety of sources. Marcus Harmes' fascinating book explores exactly how the show has done this over the past fifty years, taking the reader from kitchen sink dramas and Agatha Christie to British westerns and gothic horror. Any Doctor Who fan, or anybody with an interest in Adaptation Studies, should be sure to read this book.
— Andrew Crome, editor of Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith (2013)