Piers Britton is Director of Media and Visual Culture Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the School of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester. His areas of expertise are costume and production design in television and film, television aesthetics, and art theory in sixteenth-century Italy. Among other publications he has co-authored Reading Between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner and Doctor Who, a groundbreaking volume on design for television. He is also author of TARDISbound, which examines Doctor Who as a transmedia text, and essays on melancholy and humoral theory in Renaissance art.