Chapter ten

Approaching the audience:

The elderly

John Tulloch


Recent work I have done with the sicence fiction audience provides a point of departure for analysing the characteristics of elderly television audiences. The elderly soap viewer differs from the younger science fiction fan in a number of ways. First, he or she is unlikely to be part of an organized audience community, and so is much less likely to adopt a position of discursive power in relation to an interviewer. Doctor Who fans have regular conferences where episodes from the archives are rescreened, and where knock-out quizzes based on intensive knowledge of the minutiae of the program's history produce a confident understanding of what the show is “about.” In interview situations ...

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