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Time Monsters and Space Museums: Doctor Who and Education

Tom Steward, Independent Scholar |   When Doctor Who first aired in 1963, the BBC’s principal design focus for the series was education (Chapman, 2006; Haining, 1990). Much of pilot episode ‘An Unearthly Child’ takes place inside secondary school classrooms and features montages of lessons. Prior to broadcast, two publicity stills of the Doctor’s original companions, schoolteachers…

Tom Baker as the Doctor

Doctor Who and the early modern world

 Dr Marcus K Harmes, University of Southern Queensland | Early modern England, dated by historians as the period from c.1500 to 1700, permeates British television.  The glittering and dramatic set pieces of Tudor, Elizabethan and Stuart history have long provided the dramatic substance of films and historical novels and, since the middle of the twentieth…

Fringe Astrid

That Old Black Magic: Women, Race, and Post-Millennial U.S. Science Fiction Television

Elyce Helford | Though the present and future of post-millennial American science fiction television varies greatly from program to program, all are arguably driven by a melting-pot white ethic that reveals gains for white women and far less for people of color, especially African American women. While programming remains overwhelmingly produced by white men, white…

Regeneration in Dr Who

It’s Timey Wimey for a Female Doctor

Sophia Davidson Gluyas, Deakin University | On the 4th of August 2013 it was announced that Peter Capalidi would play the 12th Doctor. It’s a good piece of casting and I know Capaldi will do a great job, only I no longer hear any profundity in the resounding question of the show. Doctor Who? Well,…