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How do 'An Unearthly Child' and 'Rose' introduce Doctor Who to their contemporary audiences? Consider social, cultural and historical factors. By Aamna Khan Due to the advances in technology, mass communication products have been used as an entertainment mechanism which has thrived the 21st century. This consists of daily items such as televisions, radios and other communication items. The basic concept of entertainment is to enjoy the experience together. The BBC enterprise company, has a way of drawing family consumers together, this concept is called 'family persuasion'. 'Doctor Who' is a family show aimed at all ages which dates back to the early 1960s, and during decades of time it has gradually become immensely popular with all viewers. As a result, there have been ten actors taking on the role of the 'Doctor'. The Doctor is an exile from the planet Gallifrey, and is the last surviving time-lord. Although having the bodily characteristics of human, he is from a foreign planet so he would be classed as an alien. - During the several series this has been proved where he has been found to have two hearts. Being a time-lord, he travels in a vehicle called the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) ...read more.


Because of this, it would be very difficult to delude the audience into thinking that it was not a show to do with aliens and villains. Much of the amusement for the audience was not learning the basics, but how the show presented them. For example, the 2005 television show avoids using 'techno-babble', where wordy science jargon, such as the Doctor's two word explanation on 'anti-plastic', this tells that the show are more intimidated to entertain their contemporary audiences than to bore them ,where as, being in an educational period the 1960s version used a frequent amount of techno-babble. However, there were still other genres incorporated into the episode. Conversely, there was an element of soap opera, as, similarly to the 1960s episode, a majority of it was concentrated on Rose's domestic life. The TARDIS, the Doctor time travelling vehicle, was also cleverly disguised, so as to trick the audience into assuming that it was a show excluding aliens, in the 1960s version. The Doctor's TARDIS is actually a police box and because the audience experience the vehicle next to an ordinary policeman, it does not look anything out of the ordinary. However, in the latest 2005 series, the TARDIS is automatically introduced as something mystifying. ...read more.


In the first five minutes there were sixty-five different camera shots. Moreover, the first five minutes, Rose had been menaced by an Auton- a creature controlled taking on the appearance of a mannequin. Then rescued by the Doctor, and seen her occupational area blown up. Matching the fast pace of action, and the frequency of camera shot changes, the music was very fast and jaunty which gradually created a build up of mystery and suspense. Contrasting with 1960's episode, the aim was not to get the viewers thinking about the storyline and mysteries so much, but was to include a lot of action, and to keep the pace fast so as to give the audience any time tot get bored. Even though there is more action in the second 'Doctor Who' than in the first, both still base their mood around a mysterious, atmospheric storyline; who is the Doctor? What is the TARDIS? We as viewers from a number of things sense this. By using questions, this builds come atmospheric suspense and mystery. In the classical version of 'Doctor Who' the writers use the teachers (history and science) to convey the gradual rise in suspense, when they are asking each other questions in the classroom, and also, asking the Doctor questions in a barren junkyard. With the new Doctor, it is Rose for there is more suspense at the beginning when ...read more.

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