O tempora, o mores. Classics and education in Doctor Who.
The writers of Doctor Who and History focus on a different aspect of history as it expressed thematically in the show. Aven McMaster and Mark Sundaram look at the changing place of classics in education.
“We looks at the episodes that have touched on the classical world – Roman and Greek history and myth – to see how things have changed over the run of the show, as the place of classics in schools has shifted”.
Aven McMaster and Mark Sundaram teamed up on their chapter to find answers to important questions.
“How much Latin do the Doctor’s companions know? How familiar are the Greek myths to the show’s audience? And what do football chants have to do with Julius Caesar?”
“Exploring these questions reveals how Doctor Who reflects the changing ideas of class and classical education in Britain over the last 50 years.”
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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|