Doctor Who, Aliens and Alienation

Lehmann, Zoe Christina (21 October 2016). Doctor Who, Aliens and Alienation (Unpublished). In: Myth and the Doctor, NEPCA Conference, Keene State College, Keene NH. Keene State College, Keene NH. 21-22 Oct 2016.

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Myth and the Doctor Panel NEPCA Conference, Keene State College, Keene, NH 21-22 October 2016 Chair: Dr. Raymond J. DiSanza Saturday, 23 November 1963, Doctor Who stepped out of his TARDIS and onto the small screen for the first time. In the fifty plus years since, thirteen different actors have portrayed the Doctor on his adventures through space and time; countless worlds have been visited, races of aliens encountered, and monsters overcome; companions have come and gone (and then come back and gone again); and the Doctor’s story has proven too large to be contained by any one narrative medium, venturing forth from television into radio, comics, and novels, as well as a variety of spin-offs. Doctor Who’s incredible success is, in large part, due to the show’s creation of a mythological framework that is at once novel and recognizable. This panel of international scholars will explore the nature of Doctor Who mythology, its relevance in contemporary society, its ties to the past, and the opportunities afforded by operating within such a highly developed mythological framework. This selection of papers looks at some of the Doctor’s most iconic villains and how they reflect contemporary technological development, the Doctor’s status as outsider/other and the narratives he and others construct around that status, and the cultural, racial, ethnic identities of those the Doctor’s Companions and how they do—or don’t—reflect the changing world around us. The papers span and often bring together stories from different media and different eras in the Doctor’s history, and explore diverse topics related to the mythos of Doctor Who, including selfhood, identity, myth-making, narratology, technology, race, diversity and…all of time and space.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Lehmann, Zoe Christina


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages




Zoe Christina Lehmann Imfeld

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14 Jun 2017 15:40

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17 Oct 2017 08:50


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