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03 December 2008 @ 11:56 am
Dissertation Help  
Hi everyone,

I’m currently studying for an MA in International Public Relations. Lucky me, I have been allowed to write my dissertation on the Doctor Who franchise, and more specifically, on the branding of the show. Obviously I’m going to need to do loads of research for this. Which is where you lovely people come in :)

First off, if anyone has any links to articles that they think would be useful, could you post them here? Especially about big events, e.g. David Tennant being announced as the new Doctor. Or Billie Piper coming back. Best of all, stories relating the to run up to the launch of the new show, and Torchwood, and Sarah-Jane. Oh and thinking about it, any books that you might have read about the show, either Crit. or otherwise. I'll look into gettting them as well.

Second, if anyone has ever managed to get interviews with ANYONE involved in the show, if you could just give me some idea how, that’d be amazing. Also, people you think might be useful to talk to. Although, apparently my supervisor does have some links with BBC and might be able to help there.

Finally, and perhaps more interesting for you is that one part, hopefully a big part (because my first love is fandom), is about the fan’s relationship to the show. Anyone who feels that they are a big fan, and that they have opinions on the show and its branding, especially regarding how they feel they’re treated be the BBC, and wouldn’t mind being interviewed by me, if you could just let me know. One of the aspects I pretty sure I’ll be covering is information release and fan involvement.

Any and all help is LOVED. Clearly if there is any interest in reading the final product, then I’m that’ll be dandy with me.

Thanks.
 
 
 
Mr Happy Titsmrhapptits on December 3rd, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Hi, I might have some articles from SFX and Starbust from when TW came out. Would you like a copy or do you want to borrow mine? As for branding its not so much the branding but the lack of merch I hate regarding TW.

Cat, working on a PC from the dark ages.
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Anything that would be most eay for you, to be honest. I just need to be able to read and reference them, so as I say, whatever would be easiest for you.
Mr Happy Titsmrhapptits on December 4th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
Sending them out is easier cos there's lots to scan and easier for the bibliography but I'd want them back, do you have a deadline?

Cat xx
laurapetrilaurapetri on December 3rd, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know how helpful these are but you can check it out here
http://www.afterelton.com/TV/torchwood/features
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll be sifting through these on my Christmas break. Festive times :)
The Smallest Person: why hullo!bitwhizzle on December 3rd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
First off, if anyone has any links to articles that they think would be useful, could you post them here? Especially about big events, e.g. David Tennant being announced as the new Doctor. Or Billie Piper coming back. Best of all, stories relating the to run up to the launch of the new show, and Torchwood, and Sarah-Jane. Oh and thinking about it, any books that you might have read about the show, either Crit. or otherwise. I'll look into gettting them as well.

Jeebus!!! :) I think you're going to be bombarded with links! It's easy enough to just google them all too!

And I like being interviewed! ;)
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Heh, not so far. But bombarded is good to be honest. I need everything I can get in order to get what I'm aiming for. Googling was my next step. Thought this might be a more ordered place to start, epsecially with people suggesting articles.

Thanks for agreeing. I'll keep this post as a reminded and contact you when I have someting intelligent to ask!
devi42 on December 3rd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it, but you may want to check out RTD's new book: Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Writers-Tale/dp/1846075718/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228321818&sr=8-1

I wouldn't mind being interviewed. Areas of interest might be perspective from a fan who is outside of the UK, the way CBC has handled the show, fan opinion of fair use of copyrighted material, etc.
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have just bought this. I would have either way to be honest. But now I have an excuse!

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. I'll keep this post as a reminded and contact you when I have someting intelligent to ask!
Tessa: KingIantotiggerbrasilf on December 3rd, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Not sure if you know of it or were involved but there was a whoniverse conference last month where lots of academic fans got together. They have an LJ whoniverse_conf and may be a source of interest.

Most of the news I've found have mainly come from places like the BBC and DWM.

Good luck with the paper (:
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
I was agree, my dissertation supervisor was the key note speaker, and my ex-housemate is involved with a pod-cast. Sadly for me I was working all that weekend, but I have spies everywhere.

I'll be checking back through the BBC website, although it's not the most user-friendly to search.

Thanks! :)
Hayleyh4yleyg on December 3rd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
My deary, I will send you any and everything I find that is relevant. In other news, from next week I start queueing up for Hamlet returns in the hope of seeing David again. Sigh. xxxxxx
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Cheers, me dears. Exciting times. Was worth a second viewing for sure. Try and get me an interview. Or date. Both if you can.x
Hayleyh4yleyg on December 4th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Goes without saying that I would. I'll take anything he offers... unless it's Freema. Bleurgh.
Jamie: Doctor Wholifefailsme on December 3rd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who

The info here is detailed and convoluted, plus it links to every single Doctor, actors, companions, production teams, show mythology, everything. It will tell you everything you need to know.
Bethbuttercupgaud on December 4th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Why thank you. I shall shift through this over my Christmas break. Rather looking forward to it.:)
Hayleyh4yleyg on December 4th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Is it sad that I've already had many a long, in-depth look-see at the Doctor Who (and TW) wikipedia page? NO IT ISN'T.
dynamite with a laser beam: 51st Century Fox Logo51stcenturyfox on December 5th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Check with BBC Worldwide - they'll have all the international deal/press info as well:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/bbcworldwide/
Hayleyh4yleyg on December 5th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Also - unrelated, but have I shown you this before/have you seen it? If so, apologies. If not, how perfect is Simon Pegg? I lub him.

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=213643855&blogID=448411028
woogledesignswoogledesigns on December 5th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hey, I am trying to find the video of the designers talking about how they came up with the new logo, so at least you can get names of people to email/pick brains of. Meanwhile I've stumbled upon this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/news/cult/news/drwho/2005/07/26/20763.shtml
Oh this might be it
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/doctorwho/ram/grutchfield?size=16x9&bgc=CC0000&nbram=1&bbram=1

from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/making/