"Such a Dazzling Display of Lustrous Legerdemain": representing Victorian theatricality in Doctor Who

Mills, Catriona (2013) "Such a Dazzling Display of Lustrous Legerdemain": representing Victorian theatricality in Doctor Who. Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, 6 1: 148-179.

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Author Mills, Catriona
Title "Such a Dazzling Display of Lustrous Legerdemain": representing Victorian theatricality in Doctor Who
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“Such a Dazzling Display of Lustrous Legerdemain”: representing Victorian theatricality in Doctor Who
Journal name Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1757-9481
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 6
Issue 1
Start page 148
End page 179
Total pages 32
Place of publication Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Publisher Swansea University
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Since its inception in 1963, Doctor Who has returned repeatedly to the nineteenth century, particularly to the United Kingdom in the mid-Victorian period. Although the programme presents these travels as the same individual returning to the same historical period, the nature of the Doctor’s character (his constant regenerations) and the longevity of the programme (two discrete but connected series over nearly half a century) means that Doctor Who’s nineteenth century is always in flux. This article considers these fluctuations through a particular focus on the Victorian episodes’ strong theatricality, arguing that this Victorian theatricality is a neo-Victorian interrogation of our nostalgia for the nineteenth century: a nostalgia that, like the Doctor himself, endures but changes shape.
Keyword Charles Dickens
Doctor Who
Illusions
Ghosts
Magicians
Nostalgia
Queen Victoria
Theatricality
Werewolves
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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