Is Doctor Who Australian?

Univ Queensland Press
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Media International Australia, 2009, 132 pp. 54 - 66
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As part of an ARC Discovery project to write a history of Australian television from the point of view of audiences, I looked for Australian television fan communities. It transpired that the most productive communities exist around imported programming like the BBCs Doctor Who. This program is an Australian television institution, and I was therefore interested in finding out whether it should be included in an audience-centred history of Australian television. Research in archives of fan materials showed that the program has been made distinctively Australian through censorship and scheduling practices. There are uniquely Australian social practices built around it. Also, its very Britishness has become part of its being - in a sense- Australian. Through all of this, there is a clear awareness that this Australian institution originates somewhere else that for these fans Australia is always secondary, relying on other countries to produce its myths for it, no matter how much it might reshape them.
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