- About the contributors
Paul Booth is an assistant professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. He is the author of Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television (2012) and Digital Fandom: New Media Studies (2010), and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who (2013). He is currently working on a book about the relationship between media fans and the media industry. He is currently enjoying a cup of coffee.
Mark Bould is Reader in Film and Literature at the University of the West of England, and co-editor of this journal. His recent publications include Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook (2012), the ‘Africa SF’ issue of Paradoxa (2013) and the BFI Classic on Solaris (2014).
Piers D. Britton is Associate Professor of Visual & Media Studies at the University of Redlands. He has written extensively on design for the screen, from an entry on sf film and television design in the Routledge Companion to Science Fiction to Reading between Designs (2003, co-authored with Simon J. Barker), the first book-length study of costume and production design in television fiction (including Doctor Who). He is also the author of TARDISbound: Navigating the Universes of Doctor Who (2011). He is currently working on Immaterial Culture, a wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which design becomes meaningful in television and film texts.
Andrew M. Butler is convinced that he saw part of a Jon Pertwee Dalek-based serial – possibly ‘Planet of the Daleks’ – but otherwise started his Who habit with ‘The Face of Evil’ and Terrance Dicks novelisations. Baker was thus his Doctor, although he has a sneaky affection for the one in the tasteless costume despite some awful scripts. Having given up on McCoy and falling off McGann, he now watches the reboot with the kind of dogged loyalty he also inexplicably reserves for Sherlock. He did enjoy Peter Capaldi in Blood Brothers in 1984, playing a twin to one of the other McGanns (Joe), and hopes the scripts won’t waste a fine character actor.
Alec Charles is Head of Media at the University of Chester. He has previously taught at universities in Britain, Japan and Estonia, and worked as a newspaper journalist and a radio programme-maker. He is the author of Interactivity: New Media, Politics and Society (2012), the co-editor of The End of Journalism (2011) and editor of Media in the Enlarged Europe (2009), Media/Democracy: A Comparative Study (2013) and The End of Journalism: Version 2.0 (2014). His recent work also includes contributions to Utopian Studies, Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, Journalism Education, Journal of Popular Television and British Politics.
Neil Easterbrook is Professor of English at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. A member of the editorial advisory board at several journals, including SFFTV, he will be one of the tutors in the 2014 Science Fiction Foundation ‘masterclass’ in criticism, to be held at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. And he continues to grind inexorably toward finishing a monograph on China Miéville for the University of Illinois Press. Like Andrew M. Butler, he venerates the classically structured bad joke. [End Page 305]
Amal El-Mohtar is the Nebula-nominated author of The Honey Month (2010), a collection of poetry and very short fiction written to the taste of 28 different kinds of honey. She has contributed essays on Doctor Who to Chicks Unravel Time (2012) and Queers Dig Time Lords (2013), and edits Goblin Fruit, an online quarterly dedicated to fantastical poetry (www.goblinfruit.net). Originally from Ottawa, she presently lives in Glasgow with her partner, a harp and two Jellicle cats. Find her online at amalelmohtar.com or on Twitter@tithenai.
Ross P. Garner is a lecturer in media and cultural studies in the Department of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He teaches modules exploring the links between television and its historical, social and institutional contexts. He has recently completed his PhD which examined constructions of nostalgia in a cycle of post-2005 British time travel dramas and has published essays on Doctor Who and Torchwood for multiple edited collections by I.B. Tauris. He ranks ‘The Web of Fear’, ‘The Mind...