Science Fiction Film and Television 7:2

SFFTV 7.2

SFFTV 7:2

If you’re a subscriber (or have institutional access) to the academic journal Science Fiction Film and Television, I hope you have a chance to read my review essay on Edgar Wright’s film The World’s End which is published in the current issue (7:2, Summer 2014). While I blogged about the film immediately after its release, this new response is a more in-depth (though still equally positive) take on the Cornetto Trilogy’s conclusion and on the work of those involved.

Of more note, of course, is that this issue of SFFTV is a Doctor Who 50th anniversary special containing articles by Matt Hills on the “public value” of Doctor Who (and how the anniversary was “strategically utilised” by the BBC), Paul Booth on the hugely interesting subject of periodising the series (via star or producer, viewership, media shifts, and so on), and Jim Leach on the intriguing similarities between Shakespeare and Doctor Who as two “icons of British culture whose international appeal has helped construct a specific image of the nation”. Most excitingly there’s a “Many Doctors Symposium” of short critical reflections from academics and academic fans on each of the Doctors (including not only the canon figures but also Richard E.Grant in Scream of the Shalka and Peter Cushing in the 1960s films). They’re thoroughly enjoyable and informative pieces and, even without the longer articles, would make this issue a worthwhile read.

SFFTV 7.2 also contains reviews of four academic books on the series as well as some recent DVD releases (two Who sets – The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear – along with the Russian film Branded, reviewed by A. Rhys Williams, the underrated Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion, reviewed by Nick Jones, and my own Who-referencing piece on The World’s End).

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