Blog 3. Transmedia Case Study (Doctor Who)

Rowan Atkinson as Doctor Who in the spoof Curse of Fatal Death. In the same episode, he regenerates as Richard E. Grant, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, and Joanna Lumley.

During the past week, we have explored the world of Doctor Who across a range of media platforms. This includes:

  • Steven Moffat’s “Blink” starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, with special guest appearances from Carey Mulligan and the weeping angels,
  • Grant Morrison’s comic story “The World Shapers” featuring the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), Jamie, and the lovable cybermen,
  • Eddie Robson’s audio drama “Human Resources” boasting the Eight Doctor (Paul McGann), Lucy, and the lovable cybermen, and
  • Charles Cecil and Anwen Aspden’s Blood of the Cybermen with the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy Pond (Karen Gilliam), and the lovable cybermen.

In the first paragraph of your blog posting, identify the storytelling medium that you found to be least satisfying and analyze your reaction. What was it about this medium that seemed to fail where other storytelling media succeeded? Was the failure intrinsic to the medium itself, or do you think it stemmed from the type of story that was being told.

Next, in approximately two or three paragraphs, explore the strengths and weaknesses of the remaining platforms. Do certain types of media favor certain types of stories? In what ways do different media channels place different demands on the audience? Can you think of ways that one coherent narrative could effectively transcend two or more media platforms?

Finally, in approximately two or three paragraphs that make specific connections to course readings, consider elements of the Doctor Who franchise that seemed to be consistent across all four platforms. Your analysis might focus on issues of characterization, shared mood and atmospherics,  and/or underlying assumptions about narrative structure.

This blog posting is due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 30th.

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About Aaron Delwiche

This blog is intended to support the activities of students enrolled in Transmedia Storytelling and Games for the Web at Trinity University.
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