Wholiday Advent(ures) 12


Adventures in Whostory

Introducing Doctor Who and History


Continuing from the previous post …

Since Tulloch’s The Unfolding Text, many academic titles have sought to study how social forces operate on the program. The issues of class and gender have since been investigated by titles such as Britton’s Tardisbound (I.B. Tauris, 2011) while race, imperialism and colonization are tackled in Orthia’s collection Doctor Who and Race (Intellect, 2013). Decker’s Who Is Who (I.B. Tauris, 2013) and Lewis and Smithka’s Bigger on the Inside (Open Court, 2011) place the themes of the program into metaphysical and philosophical considerations while psychoanalytical treatments of episodes are provided by MacRury and Rustin’s The Inner World of Doctor Who: Psychoanalytic Reflections in Time and Space (Karnac, 2013). David Layton’s The Humanism of Doctor Who: A Critical Study in Science Fiction and Philosophy (McFarland, 2012) makes a strong case for challenging any notion that the Doctor is a mythic or magical being.

History as a tool of analysis is occasionally employed by individual authors within edited volumes. Edited volumes are targeted more obviously toward undergraduates, such as Butler’s Time and Relative Dissertations in Space (Manchester University Press, 2007). These volumes usually have quite broad academic interests, such as Hansen’s Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regeneration (Cambridge, 2010) and Garner and Beattie’s Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things: Cultural Perspectives on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures (Cambridge, 2010). Else they may focus on specific themes, such as language, but employ a range of approaches and methodolo- gies, e.g., Barr and Mustachio’s The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), including Dene October’s examination of the language used by the original Doctor in “What’s He Talking About: Performativity and the First Doctor.”



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Please shop thoughtfully. History is for life, not just for Christmas. Doctor Who and History is available on Amazon UK  Amazon US  McFarland shop and also available on Kindle. Check out the McFarland catalogue.


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.

Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 193
Author Fleiner, Carey, October, Dene
Publisher McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication Date August, 2017
ISBN-13 9781476666563
ISBN-10 1476666563



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