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Doctor Who is a popular cosplay theme. But some people base more than just their outfit on the Time Lord’s exploits. Shutterstock.com

Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

The first peer-reviewed survey of Doctor Who fans' attitudes to science reveals it was literally life-changing TV for some. But the verdicts were surprisingly nuanced and sometimes contradictory.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag: until now it has been rare for a female TV character to ‘break the fourth wall’ and address the viewer directly. Two Brothers Pictures

Fleabag’s feminist rethinking of tired screenwriting tools

Key to the success of the much-lauded Fleabag is its creator's repurposing of two cliched narrative devices: flashback and breaking the fourth wall.
Grey’s Anatomy’s portrayal of trauma experiences is far more dramatic than in real life. IMDb/Shondaland, The Mark Gordon Company, Touchstone Television (2005-2007), ABC Studios

Grey’s Anatomy is unrealistic, but it might make junior doctors more compassionate

A new study compared fictional patient experiences in Grey's Anatomy with real trauma cases. It concluded patients who are fans of the show might have unrealistic expectations of medical care.
Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland: in one episode, she stops taking her medication in order to solve the puzzle of who is attempting to kill her. Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting

Friday essay: TV’s troubling storylines for characters with a mental illness

A spate of recent TV shows feature protagonists whose mental health condition gives them special skills. But these are often accessed by rejecting medication.

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