Doctor Who

Here’s a bunch of articles I’ve written about Doctor Who, partly to explore the programme itself but also partly to explore the methods of analyses as well.

Parlare the Carny is a greatly expanded essay on the Russian philosopher and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and how his work can be used to illuminate Doctor Who; and also how Doctor Who can be used to illustrate the world of Mikhail Bakhtin: it is an exercise in dialogism.

Fight for your Rites employs the symbolic anthropology of Victor Turner to explore both the programme and the liminal aspects of fandom.

I’ve also added an updated version of my Shockeye’s Kitchen article The Long Sixties to the site, a Marxist analysis of the ‘ideological project’ of the Pop adventure series as ‘the symbolic resolution of the contradictions of modernity’. No, really.

Making Doctor Who Mean is a ‘meta-commentary’ on the way critics have used various theoretical perspectives to analyze Doctor Who over the years and how these ideas have fed back into fandom – often in negative ways.

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