The Daleks are the instantly recognisable 'pepper-pot' baddies from perennial British television series Doctor Who. An almost permanent fixture on television screens since their debut in 1963, a history of the Daleks is therefore also a history of television and, perhaps more importantly, the various theoretical approaches to television collectively thought of as "television studies". In this paper I want to use the Daleks as representatives of television itself, predatory as the camera is predatory, to explore the major discourses in television studies throughout the years and thereby map the changing relationships between theorists, audiences and this medium.
Seminar, speech or other presentation
Paper presented as part of the Removing the Boundaries seminar series, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 22 August 2008