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Doctor Who: A British Alien?

Authors: Nicol, Danny

  • A timely look at how Doctor Who explores and constructs British national identity
  • Argues that Doctor Who puts forward a vision of what British ought to be
  • Only book to consider Doctor Who’s relationship with Britain and the British, politics and the law
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About this book

This book argues that Doctor Who, the world’s longest-running science fiction series often considered to be about distant planets and monsters, is in reality just as much about Britain and Britishness. Danny Nicol explores how the show, through science fiction allegory and metaphor, constructs national identity in an era in which identities are precarious, ambivalent, transient and elusive. It argues that Doctor Who’s projection of Britishness is not merely descriptive but normative—putting forward a vision of what the British ought to be. The book interrogates the substance of Doctor Who’s Britishness in terms of individualism, entrepreneurship, public service, class, gender, race and sexuality. It analyses the show’s response to the pressures on British identity wrought by devolution and separatist currents in Scotland and Wales, globalisation, foreign policy adventures and the unrelenting rise of the transnational corporation.

About the authors

Danny Nicol is Professor of Public Law at the University of Westminster, UK. He specialises in constitutional law, European Union law and the UK’s Human Rights Act. He is the author of EC Membership and the Judicialisation of British Politics (2001) and The Constitutional Protection of Capitalism (2010).

Reviews

“This book is a high-quality, original contribution to the field of Doctor Who Studies.  It’s a comprehensive and meticulously researched study of Doctor Who’s relation to Britain and Britishness.  It’s a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in Doctor Who Studies.  This book presents, in an engaging way, everything you ever wanted to know about Doctor Who’s relationship to British Culture: from how the social construction of what it means to be British has evolved over the history of Doctor Who, to its specific treatment of Scottishness, Welshness and Northernness; from the issues of race and gender in Doctor Who to its treatment of corporate crime and the ethics of globalization. It will engage anyone with an interest in the academic study of  science fiction as popular culture.” (William Eaton, Associate Professor of Modern Philosophy, Georgia Southern University, USA)

“Danny Nicol offers an innovative and acute analysis of Doctor Who here. Ranging across issues such as internationalism, neoliberalism and post-democracy, Doctor Who – A British Alien? sets out a convincing case for how this long-running BBC TV show can speak back to dominant political discourses. Critiquing the character of the Doctor, Nicol also prudently combines detailed knowledge of the Whoniverse with debates in jurisprudence. A must-read for scholars, fans, and scholar-fans alike.” (Matt Hills, Professor of Media and Journalism at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and author of Triumph of a Time Lord (2010) and Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event, 2015)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Whonited Kingdom

    Nicol, Danny

    Pages 1-27

  • “One Tiny, Damp Little Island”: Doctor Who’s Construction of Britishness

    Nicol, Danny

    Pages 29-81

  • “Lots of Planets Have a North!”: Scottishness, Welshness and Northernness in Doctor Who

    Nicol, Danny

    Pages 83-115

  • “The Enemy of the World”: Globalised Law Versus British Self-Government

    Nicol, Danny

    Pages 117-157

  • Is the Doctor a War Criminal?

    Nicol, Danny

    Pages 159-207

Buy this book

eBook £79.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65834-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £99.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65833-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Doctor Who: A British Alien?
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65834-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65834-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65833-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 291
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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