The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who

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Print Edition: $15
Kindle: $2.99
Paperback: 248 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1484001095
ISBN-13: 978-1484001097
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches Published by Kitsune Books: May 2010
Second Printing Myth Ink Books: April 2013
Original Cover art by Andy Lambert.
“In a television show fandom that hoards its myths and canon tight to its chest, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a welcome inhalation of air; examining many of the very ‘set in stone’ beliefs that we hold true, while examining the etheric connections between a television series and some of the greatest mythological traditions of all time. A solid read.”
Tony Lee
Writer of IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who Ongoing
  “The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who offers fascinating perspectives on that iconic time traveler of contemporary popular culture. The articles in this new collection successfully join Doctor Who’s fan-based cultural history to well-accepted academic scholarship on mythology. From Arthurian legend and Batman to medieval Scandinavian Valkyries and modern wartime morality, the diversity of subjects and themes explored in this collection offer compelling insights on the roles mythologies, both past and present, play in contemporary consciousness. By addressing newcomers to the Doctor Who series as well as those who have followed the Doctor’s multiple incarnations since the 1960s, this volume is likely to become one of those classic works that raises the bar for future study in this field.”
Leslie A. Donovan
Tolkien Studies Scholar and Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico
Author of “The Valkyrie Reflex in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Galadriel, Shelob, Éowyn, and Arwen
“A collection of excellent essays that is engaging for the serious fan and will deepen the interest of the new viewer. Every generation has a method of storytelling to pass its collected wisdom to the next. This book helps us connect the themes of a modern television legend to the timeless myths of the past.”
Ken Deep
Co-host Doctor Who Podshock
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword: Dream the Myth Onwards
Simon GuerrierPreface: The Mythology of a Legend
Barnaby Edwards

Canon, Myth and Memory in Doctor Who
C.B. Harvey

Holy Terror and Fallen Demigod: The Doctor as Myth
Neil Clarke

I Am Vengeance, I Am the Night, I Am . . . the Doctor?
Leslie McMurtry

A Professor’s lesson for the Doctor:
The Doctor’s sub-creative journey toward Middle-earth
Anthony S. Burdge

Life During Wartime:
An Analysis of Wartime Morality in Doctor Who
Melissa Beattie

“It Turns Out they Died for Nothing”:
Doctor Who and the Idea of Sacrificial Death
Melody Green

Doctor Who and the Valkyrie Tradition, Part 1:
The Valiant Child and the Bad Wolf
Kristine Larsen

Doctor Who and the Valkyrie Tradition, Part 2:
Goddesses, Battle Demons, Wives and Daughters
Jessica Burke

The Doctor or the (post) modern Prometheus (tentatively titled)
Vincent O’Brien

“Mythology makes you feel something”:
The Russell T. Davies Era as sentimental Journey
Matt Hills

Afterword:
Anne Petty

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