This article was originally published in the 2011-2012 academic year.
And so, Saturday 1st October was the day that marked the end of the latest series of Britain’s best loved science fiction programme, Doctor Who (and the day I was left wondering what on earth I’m going to watch on telly now!?). While the quality of the most recent episodes is up for debate – something I’ll get into later – it’s impossible to deny the success that the programme has seen throughout its nearly fifty year run. From its rise in 1963 and fall in 1989 to its second coming in 2005 (not forgetting the failed attempt to bring it back in 1996 with a television movie), over the years it’s been a huge part of British culture as well as one of the BBC’s flagship shows. With it now appealing to people all across the globe on a scale that would have been unimaginable when it first started off, the question to ask is – what has kept it going all this time whilst other shows have crashed and burned in a season or two?