Through the use of historical references, Doctor Who has become an educational tool for audiences. With over 50 years of screen time, Doctor Who has reinvented the field of technical writing by emphasizing the historical relevance of technology, life & death, war, and the concept of immortality.
Doctor Who first episode, 'An Unearthly Child' airs on BBC.
Episodes shift to convey technological advances in society. Cybermen and Daleks become prominent adversaries of the Doctor. 'Attack of the Cybermen' and 'The Tenth Planet' are featured episodes.
Relaxed values are depicted in episodes. Technological advances are somewhat alarming to the public.
Life & Death
Complex issues and concepts about life & death are shown in episodes such as 'City of Death' and 'Earthshock'.
Significant shift in technology. Era of mobile phones, computers, and games emerges.
Doctor Who revival series began
Era of Christopher Eccleston (9th Doctor), David Tennant (10th Doctor), Matt Smith (11th Doctor), and Peter Capaldi (12th Doctor). New Doctors are modern and focused on cultural issues pertaining to 21st century.
Doctor Who as an education tool
Immortality & Death
Immortality becomes a major component of the series. Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat, creates terrifying and engaging adventures for the Doctor and his companions to learn from. 'Forest of the Dead' and 'Silence in the Library' are famous episodes centered around the idea of using technology to create immortality. Death episodes include, 'Angels Take Manhattan', 'Blink', and 'Flesh and Stone'.
Doctor Who engages audiences by incorporating 21st century issues that are relevant to society. When the classic series first aired, issues such as organ transplants, nuclear war, and communism were among some of the prevalent fears in society. In the past 50 years, many aspects of the world have changed. The most prevalent changes have occurred in technology, civil rights, and societal views on war. Doctor Who is unique in the fact that it is not only entertaining but it uses the discussion of technology and shifts in cultural values to educate viewers about the world.
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