So “Baywatch” and “Beverly Hills 90210” were the number one and two exports of television from America to the rest of the world and when I teach students in Los Angeles I always say so that means everybody thinks after you go to class every day you go to the beach and you have a bonfire with your friends and then you grow up to be lifeguards right? That’s a normal LA life which as we all know it’s not at all but that’s the power of Something Going Global. It brings your culture to another country.
In this presentation given at the 2022 San Diego WhoCon I had the chance to trace the many ways Doctor Who changed the TV universe. By focusing on the interesting and innovative things the many writers did with the show across the years we were able to see the Who footprint by becoming the first narrative program to reach 50 years on the air, the first to create a spin-off across the ocean, and a show alongside Star Trek that created the Con-craze that brought the world of cosplay to the mainstream. Perhaps most importantly, a love of Doctor Who lead more Americans to watch programming from other countries – from Korean dramas to Mexican telenovelas – which has so enriched our culture.
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