More Doctor Who and Philosophy: Regeneration Time

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Courtland Lewis, Paula Smithka
Open Court, Oct 15, 2015 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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More Doctor Who and Philosophy is a completely new collection of chapters, additional to Doctor Who and Philosophy (2010) by the same editors. Since that first Doctor Who and Philosophy, much has happened in the Whoniverse: a new and controversial regeneration of the Doctor, multiple new companions, a few creepy new enemies of both the Doctor and planet Earth. And the show’s fiftieth anniversary! We’ve learned some astounding new things from the ever-developing story: that the Doctor’s number one rule is to lie, that he claims to have forgotten his role in the mass extermination of the Time Lords and the Daleks, that the Daleks do have a concept of divine beauty (divine hatred, of course), and that Daleks may become insane (didn’t we assume they already were?)
Oh, and the cult of the Doctor keeps growing worldwide, with more cultish fans in the US, more and bigger Who conventions, more viewers of all ages, and more serious treatment by scholars from many disciplines. New questions have been raised and new questioners have come along, so there are plenty of new topics for philosophical scrutiny. Is the “impossible” girl really impossible? Is there anything wrong with an inter-species lesbian relationship (the kids weren’t quite ready for that in 1963, but no one blinks an eye in 2015)? Can it really be right for the Doctor to lie and to selectively forget? We even have two authors who have figured out how to build a TARDIS—instructions included! (Wait, there’s a catch, no . . . ?) And then there’s that old question that just won’t go away: why does the Doctor always regenerate as a male, and is that ever going to change? An added feature of this awesome new volume is that the editors have reached out to insiders of Who fandom, people who run hugely successful Who conventions, play in Who-inspired bands, and run wildly popular podcasts and websites, to share their privileged insights into why the Doctor is so philosophically deep.
No more spoilers. It’s time for the truly thoughtful travelers in both time and space to rev up the TARDIS once more. . . . Allons-y, Alonzo!

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2 How Time Lords Invented TV Colin Dray
3 The Mystical Alchemy of Midnight Katherine Sas
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17 The Friends of a Time Lord Greg Littmann
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7 What the Doctor Can and Cant Change Audrey Delamont
8 Could the Doctor Have Avoided Trenzalore? Massimo Pigliucci
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23 Failing and Forgiving in the Name of the Doctor Matthew A Hoffman
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Paula Smithka: Paula Smithka is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is the co-editor of Community, Diversity, and Difference: Implications for Peace.
Courtland Lewis: Is Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham and co-editor of Doctor Who and Philosophy

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