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Icarus Falling, Lazarus Rising: Revisiting Reflections on The Man Who Fell to Earth

Serialist. 2016

Abstract: For the 40th anniversary of the film’s release, I revisit my 2003 essay on The Man Who Fell to Earth. The work has been through several iterations primarily because my aim was to find a way of rescuing Thomas Jerome Newton, the stranded and broken alien. Presented at three conferences, read by David Bowie himself and written as a chapter in the book David Bowie: Critical Perspectives, I still did not consider myself finished with the work.  A conversation between Bryce and Newton, set against the barren New Mexico desert intrigued me. Bryce asks if there have been other visitors and Newton replies that he’s “seen their footsteps”.  For Bryce, a jaded academic, this is no kind of answer at all. “We’ve all seen them. That’s for theorists,” he insists. And that’s where I realise academic footsteps are too small, that if I want to leave my mark, I have to find bigger shoes. So this new version of my essay has more than just a new name (a name change that boasts the Lazarus connection): it is serialised and written in a less jargon-filled language, one accessible to all. ‘What’s in your mind?’ asks Bryce. And like Newton, I want to reassure you that I don’t want to hurt you with my theorising … it’s just a bit lonely out here in this academic hut. And then you came along …

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There’s a Time Lord Waiting in the Sky

COS. 2017

Abstract: ‘Peter Capaldi may only have just taken control of the TARDIS, but rumours already abound about his successor. It’s not just the gossip of message boards and tabloid fillers, but official sources and online petitions too. And if they are to be believed, the Thirteenth Doctor will be played by someone well versed in character regeneration’ This article looks at the unauthorised and often fan-made relationship between the timelord and the ‘leper-messiah’.


I Can Be Anything: Race and the Invisibility of Whiteness in Doctor Who

FBI-spy. 2014

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An Unearthly Sound

Publisher. 2016

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Retail Immersion via the Five Senses

FBI-spy. 2013

Abstract Whether for an experience, brand affiliation or product, we’re all after the ‘real thing’. Yet sensory stimulation increasingly means sensory simulation. And with new technology, the sensory deception happens somewhere below the surface

Quirky fashion photography after the trauma of heroin chic

FBI-spy. 2012

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The Chemical Generation

Viewpoint. 2016

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And the Banned Played On

Attitude. 2016

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The New Hedonists

Viewpoint. 2016

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The Hidden

Viewpoint. 2016

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The Limelight Generation

Viewpoint. 2016

Abstract When a contestant on the game show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ revealed her lifelong ambition – to be interviewed by the king of British chat show, Michael Parkinson – she was marking the democratisation of the latest cultural currency. The last century saw ordinary people gain mobility through wealth. In the twenty-first, this embougoisment is about celebrity

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Supermodel

Attitude. 2016

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The Casting Couch

Attitude. 2016

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The Crook, the Fence, Their Tricks and Their Lovers

Attitude. 2016

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When Love Hurts: Domestic Violence

Attitude. 2016

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Chemical Couture

Attitude. 2016

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Some silly ones

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