Old SF, new FX: Exploring the reception of replacement special effects for older episodes of 'Doctor Who' and 'Star Trek'

Denzell Richards

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Fan audience negotiations of remade special effects for older iterations of 'Doctor Who' and 'Star Trek' are analyzed, examining the role and function of special effects as markers of 'credibility' in science fiction television, and the commercial implications of revising these to ensure continuing 'novelty' in long-running franchises. For both franchises, the revised special effects become a site of contestation between (fan-) producers and audiences, over who has the 'right' to determine what is authentic, canonical and credible about these particular telefantasy series.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-64
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013


  • Doctor Who
  • Star Trek
  • DVD
  • fan studies
  • special effects

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