Doctor Who and environmentalism in the 1960s and early 1970s.
The writers of Doctor Who and History focus on a different aspect of history as it expressed thematically in the show. Mark Wilson‘s chapter is all about the environment, pesticides and pollution.
“As environmental awareness grew in post-World War 2 Britain, so Doctor Who incorporated this topic into its stories. My chapter describes three stories – one from the First Doctor’s era (1963), and two from the Third Doctor’s (1973).
“In the first story, ‘Planet of Giants’, the Doctor realizes that an environmental catastrophe could occur with a new pesticide that has been invented.
“In the second, ‘The Green Death’, the Doctor has to deal with a chemical company polluting the environment and also fight some giant maggots!
“The third, ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’, has the environmentalists as the bad guys, trying to take the world back to a time before mankind had destroyed it (but manage to bring some dinosaurs to 1970s London instead); yet even here, whilst the Doctor disagrees with their methods, he supports their reasons for doing what they do.”
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ABOUT DOCTOR WHO AND HISTORY
When Sydney Newman conceived the idea for Doctor Who in 1963, he envisioned a show that would entertain as well as educate. Historical adventures were part of his vision-the Doctor and his companions would visit and observe, but not interfere with, events in history. That plan was dropped early on. Not only has the Doctor happily meddled with historical events for decades, his adventures-on television, in films, novels, comics, books and games-reflect how we regard our own place in history. This collection of new essays examines how the Doctor engages with history and inspires reflections upon it history. Topics includes reconstruction of lost historical serials, reflections on Britain’s colonial past, the subversion of nostalgia for village life, the depiction of Norse myths, alternate history, and the impact of historical decisions on the present.
|Number of Pages||193|
|Author||Fleiner, Carey, October, Dene|
|Publisher||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Publication Date||August, 2017|