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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Face the Raven
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'‘Let me be brave. Let me be brave …’

'In a series where violent death is prevalent but the regular characters generally immune, Face the Raven (2015) is a rarity in featuring the demise of the 12th Doctor’s longstanding companion Clara Oswald. While Doctor Who’s basis as a time-travel series means that the audience will see Clara again, everything after her death here is borrowed time.

'The figures reintroduced by Face the Raven all play unexpected parts: Ashildr, a Viking woman made immortal by the Doctor, is a mayor; Rigsy, a graffiti artist befriended by Clara, is a murder suspect; and numerous monsters from the series’ past have become refugees. Scripted by Sarah Dollard, an Australian living in the UK, the story uses the tropes and imagery of Doctor Who to comment on real-world issues of immigration, asylum and the penal system, its narrative leading directly to the Doctor’s own incarceration in the following episode.

'This Black Archive draws on the history of London and its presentation in fantasy, on queer and feminist theory and on the mythic and folkloric symbolism of ravens to examine this haunting story. It is the first of three books dealing with the final episodes of the 2015 season of Doctor Who.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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    • Edinburgh,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Obverse Books ,
      2018 .
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      Extent: 110p.p.
      • Published 24 June 2018.
      ISBN: 9781909031692, 1909031690
      Series: y separately published work icon The Black Archive Edinburgh : Obverse Books , 2016- 16899258 2016 series - publisher criticism

      Series of critical monographs, each focusing on a single Doctor Who story, including both the original and the new series.

      Only monographs that focus on Doctor Who written by Australians are individually indexed. The series also includes a monograph by Kate Orman on 1975 original series story Pyramids of Mars.

      Number in series: 20
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