This course will be offered again in London, Christmas 2016 (12/26/16-1/8/17)
London Winter Website
Dr. David Lavery, Middle Tennessee State University | View David Lavery's Presentation (in PDF) at the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Conference in the UK | MTSU Honors Lecture (in PowerPoint) | Talk on Doctor Who at Belmont University (in Power Point)
Syllabi [in PDF]
One of the longest running
television series in the world, Doctor
Who (BBC, 1963- ) chronicles the adventure of an ageless,
extraterrestrial time-lord, the last of his race who travels the
universe in The TARDIS, his spaceship/time machine, which appears from
the outside in the guise of a 1950s British police call box. The Doctor
(we never learn his actual name) has always exhibited a profound
interest in the UK, which needs frequent rescue from a wide variety of
cosmic threats. A series originally intended as educational (hence the
Doctor’s frequent visits to moments in history and encounters with
famous Brits) but also capable of scaring children for several
Who rebooted in 2005 under the control of Russell T. Davies, who, under the
influence of American cult TV shows like Buffy
the Vampire Slayer, brought the series into the 21st century and extended Who’s global reach.
Focusing primarily on the new Doctor Who (2005- ), we will:
Undergraduate students will read two books:
Matt Hills, ed. New Dimensions of Doctor Who: Adventures in Space, Time, and Television. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013.
James Chapman. Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013.
Graduate students will read both the Hills and Chapman books and . . .
Marcus Hearn, Doctor Who: The Vault, Treasures from the First Fifty Years. London: Harper, 2013.
Location for the Class
The Washington Mayfair Hotel