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Doctor Who and Race
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ISBN 9781783200368
Paperback 318 pages
230 x 170 mm
Published July 2013
Imprint: Intellect

Edited by Lindy Orthia

Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series in the world and is regularly watched by millions of people across the globe. While its scores of fans adore the show with cult-like devotion, the fan-contributors to this book argue that there is an uncharted dimension to Doctor Who. Bringing together diverse perspectives on race and its representation in Doctor Who, this anthology offers new understandings of the cultural significance of race in the programme – how the show’s representations of racial diversity, colonialism, nationalism and racism affect our daily lives and change the way we relate to each other.
An accessible introduction to critical race theory, postcolonial studies and other race-related academic fields, the 23 contributors deftly combine examples of the popular cultural icon and personal reflections to provide an analysis that is at once approachable but also filled with the intellectual rigor of academic critique.


Table of Contents



PART I: The Doctor, his companions and race
Chapter 1: The white Doctor | Fire Fly

Chapter 2: Too brown for a fair praise: The depiction of racial prejudice as culturalheritage in Doctor Who | Iona Yeager

Chapter 3: Conscious colour-blindness, unconscious racism in Doctor Who companions | Linnea Dodson

Chapter 4: Doctor Who, cricket and race: The Peter Davison years | Amit Gupta

Chapter 5: Humanity as a white metaphor | Quiana Howard and Robert Smith?

Chapter 6: “You can’t just change what I look like without consulting me!”: The shifting racial identity of the Doctor | Mike Hernandez

PART II: Diversity and representation in casting and characterization
Chapter 7: No room for old-fashioned cats: Davies era Who and interracial romance | Emily Asher-Perrin

Chapter 8: When white boys write black: Race and class in the Davies and Moff at eras | Rosanne Welch

Chapter 9: Baby steps: A modest solution to Asian under-representation in Doctor Who | Stephanie Guerdan

Chapter 10: That was then, this is now: How my perceptions have changed | George Ivanoff

Chapter 11: “One of us is yellow”: Doctor Fu Manchu and The Talons of Weng-Chiang | Kate Orman

PART III: Colonialism, imperialism, slavery and the diaspora
Chapter 12: Inventing America: The Aztecs in context | Leslie McMurtry

Chapter 13: The Ood as a slave race: Colonial continuity in the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire | Erica Foss

Chapter 14: Doctor Who and the critique of western imperialism | John Vohlidka

Chapter 15: Through coloured eyes: An alternative viewing of postcolonial transition | Vanessa de Kauwe

PART IV: Xenophobia, nationalism and national identities
Chapter 16: The allegory of allegory: Race, racism and the summer of 2011 | Alec Charles

Chapter 17: Doctor Who and the racial state: Fighting National Socialism across time and space | Richard Scully

Chapter 18: Religion, racism and the Church of England in Doctor Who | Marcus K. Harmes

Chapter 19: The Doctor is in (the Antipodes): Doctor Who short fiction and Australian national identity | Catriona Mills

PART V: Race and science

Chapter 20: “They hate each other’s chromosomes”: Eugenics and the shifting racial identity of the Daleks | Kristine Larsen

Chapter 21: Mapping the boundaries of race in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood | Rachel Morgain

Chapter 22: Savages, science, stagism, and the naturalized ascendancy of the Not-We in Doctor Who | Lindy A. Orthia


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