Tag Archives: Companions

Audience Identification: Twelfth Doctor

We’ve made it to the final Audience Identification piece: the era of the great Peter Capaldi.  Two of the seasons features Clara and his final season features Bill and Nardole, although the latter barely qualifies.  It’s also the era of … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Eleventh Doctor

We are coming to the final two parts of the Audience Identification Figure series where we look at how the companion represents the audience.  It also attempts to look at what we can learn from those companions.  Unfortunately, we’re coming … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Tenth Doctor

Since the 1996 movie and now with the return of Doctor Who in 2005, it seems the companion is actually making a much better audience identifier.  My original concern may be forever waylaid by the creative team behind Doctor Who … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Ninth Doctor

In the era of New Who, we don’t get much in the line of a TARDIS team like we had in the old days.  Instead, the Doctor travels with one companion most of the time.  In the Ninth Doctor’s case, … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Companion Piece

Before I continue to the new series of Doctor Who (2005-present) with my audience identification articles, I needed to write a companion piece.  My bone of contention with the idea that the companion is the person for whom the audience … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Eighth Doctor

My family and I have been watching a comedy called Psych.  For the first few seasons, it opens with a scene from the main character’s childhood in 1987.  By the 4th season, it frequently opens with scenes from 1989 and … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Fourth Doctor

So the BBC claims we, the audience, will identify with the companion in Doctor Who, to which I say “poppycock”.  While I wish I were able to travel with the Doctor, for me, it’s more about being the Doctor.  Impossible … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Third Doctor

Continuing along with the idea of who the audience was meant to identify with during each of the Doctor’s tenures, we have arrived at the Pertwee era.  This really only included three companions, as I’m not including para-military organization, UNIT, … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: Second Doctor

I’ve had a bit of fun lately looking at the audience identification for each Doctor.  For those who have not read the former posts, I never accepted the BBC’s notion that the companion represented us.  I always connected with the … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: First Doctor

Question: who is the audience identification figure or figures in classic Star Trek?  Who is the pudding-brain who has to ask all the inane questions to help the audience along?  Answer: everyone.  Trek had a clever format: everyone was a … Continue reading

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