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The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who

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The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a volume of essays examining the abundant mythological elements underpinning the 50-year-run of the popular BBC television series Doctor Who. Contributors include a well known Doctor Who novelist, an organizer of one of the largest Doctor Who communities, plus several university scholars and Editors from Myth Ink Books. Explore ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 248 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Myth Ink Books
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The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is incredibly informative and presents some well researched theories, but do not read this if you are not prepared for some heavy-handed use of academic language. Along with wonderful examinations of the Companions as Valkyries and the significance of Middle Earth to the Whoniverse, you will also experience a great deal of "mimesis," "dialectic," and "semiotics." If this is your cup of tea, carry on; but if you are looking for direct representation of Wh ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, I probably won't consider it as a very reliable source for things I want to write about, but it's quite interesting. Maybe apart from essays trying to convince me that Rose Tyler was a Valkyrie. But these comparing the Doctor and Batman and the Doctor and Prometheus were quite good.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Being the Doctor Who nerd that I am, this was my very first purchase on Amazon’s eBook store when I received a Kindle this last week as a Christmas present. As high-falutin’ as the title of this collection of scholarly essays sound, it’s really quite a joy to read, as each of the authors places Doctor Who in context of the (intended or not) mythological trappings in which this long-lived and loved show has been dressed up.

In “Holy Terror and Fallen Demigod: The Doctor as Myth”, Neil Clarke has
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Doctor Who, from its use of myths as the basis of story's to its own internal continuity, has never shied away from mythology across its nearly fifty years of life. The question to ask might be this though: how has mythology influenced Doctor Who itself? The Mythological Dimensions Of Doctor Who explores that very question.

It does so across eleven very different essays, covering topics are as widely varied as the show itself. Quite a few of the essays cover the internal world of the series such
M Christopher
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm always somewhat bemused by scholarly books on pop culture. Even if the subjects, like "Doctor Who" or "Star Trek," have withstood the test of time, it seems slightly risible to devote such concentrated effort to such ephemera. Still, I guess that's the true definition of "fan" behavior, just like when I was 12 and had memorized all the titles, writers and directors of every original "Star Trek" episode. But, I was 12.

At any rate, the editors of this book, regular attendees of meetings of the
Katherine Sas
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I suppose my real critique of this volume is that it wasn't longer. Certain concepts could have been developed further and themes milked for longer consideration, as well as more varied topics added - the conjunction of myth and Doctor Who seems near-inexhaustible. However, to be left wanting more is ultimately a compliment to any work. There are a lot of great insights packed into this little collection, and I know I'll be back for reference often.
Serina Spencer
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
pretty interesting book of essays, although just like the show, not for everyone. I like that I'm not the only person in the world taking Doctor Who WAY too seriously :) and now that I know that being a DW scholar is a thing, I think I may have found my new calling in life!
Juliana Gray
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Uneven collection of essays by, for the most part, British graduate students. One or two of the essays are insightful; several are just dumb.
Jessica Weinreich
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting but overly academic. There is about a 50/50 split between essays that are decent and engaging and essays that are boring and unnecessary to have been written.
Anthony Burdge
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Great review via The Mythopoeic Society
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Anthony S. Burdge, an independent scholar, was first introduced to the existence of Secondary Worlds via the work of J.R.R Tolkien at an early age. Since taking that first journey out of Bag End with Bilbo, he has traveled with the Doctor, hitchhiked with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, been a crew member aboard the USS Enterprise, walked under an eldritch moon toward R’yleh and entered the realms o ...more
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“Cabinet is a conscious, explicit attempt to portray the Doctor himself as myth. “He’s a mischief, a leprechaun, a boojum,” says one character, bookseller and collector of incunabula, Syme. “The Doctor is a myth. He’s straight out of Old English folklore, typical trickster figure really.”29 Neither part of an ongoing narrative, nor specifically located within the series’ past, Cabinet is in a position to challenge the portrayal of the Doctor.” 2 likes
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