The Vikings at the End of the Universe. Doctor Who, Norsemen and the End of History.
The writers of Doctor Who and History focus on a different aspect of history as it expressed thematically in the show. Marcus Harmes‘s chapter is all about the Vikings in the programme.
“From time to time over the last 50 years, Vikings, the early-medieval raiders and traders, have turned up in Doctor Who stories. Sometimes the way they appear is straight-forward (we see Vikings doing their Viking thing) but other times it’s more complex.
“Viking names, images, myths and so on appear in outer space or in other time periods much later than their time. So in my chapter I examine the story which is set during World War Two but is full of allusions to the history of the Vikings and especially to how they thought the world was going to end”.
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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|