Doctor Who and Race

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Lindy Orthia
University of Chicago Press, Jul 2, 2013 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
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Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series in the world and is regularly watched by millions of people across the globe. Though its scores of fans adore the show with cult-like devotion, the contributors to this book argue that there is a darker side 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 program—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 contributors deftly combine examples of the popular cultural icon and personal reflections from viewers to provide an analysis that is at once approachable but also filled with the intellectual rigor of academic critique.

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Lindy Orthia teaches at Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University.

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