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     Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who (Call for Papers)    
     Author:  TimeRift_in_NYC
     Dated:  Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 10:32 AM EDT
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    General NewsGreetings Everyone,
    It is my hope that this finds you all well. While I have not been a huge poster on the forums, nor community, I do appreciate all the great insights and thoughts throughout the threads and podcasts that I have read and listened to daily. I know a few that have been involved with the podcasts, that I met through DWNY. I would like to share with your community a project that Dr. Kristine Larsen (author of "Stephen Hawking: A Biography" (, my wife Jessica Burke and I are planning. It is a collection dedicated to understanding the mythological and the applicability of the mythical in Doctor Who.

    The Call for Papers for the collection is pasted below any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

    Many thanks and I look forward in speaking with you all,
    Anthony S Burdge
    Independent Scholar


    Submissions are sought for a forthcoming multidisciplinary anthology of critical essays on the subject of the Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who.

    This volume is premised on the idea that there is a tremendous opportunity for multidisciplinary dialogue and discovery regarding the subject of the long running BBC television program Doctor Who. The longevity of Doctor Who may be due to the character’s archetypal variation, with stories of a renegade time lord from Gallifrey, as he regenerates from television to book to music to film, and even to spin-off series and to audio adventures. Like other fantasy & science fiction phenomena, such as The Lord of the Rings (the book, not the recent films), the original Star Wars film trilogy and Star Trek juggernaut, the appeal of Doctor Who has had a large impact on redefining our mythic identity. Modern perceptions, through Doctor Who are challenged by seeing through the darkly lit mirror of fantasy, travelling the far reaches of time and space. Since 1963, the Doctor’s hero quest has lived through ten regenerations, alongside a variety of companions. The role of the companion has grown and evolved over the last forty- five years. The villains of the Whoniverse range in severity, peril and the ability to obliterate. Many of these elements have also set thematic standards within each of the show’s spin-offs (from the relatively obscure K9 and Company, to the recent children-geared show The Sarah Jane Adventures, to the groundbreaking series Torchwood).

    The goal of this volume is to explore the worlds, lives, and stories of Doctor Who. Many philosophical, moral, mythical, and scientific approaches may apply. Each submission should in some way attempt to examine the following: Does the Doctor transcend global concepts, ideas and symbols? Does he or any of the characters eradicate boundaries or create new ones?
    Essays can relate to, but should not be limited by, the following suggestions topics in the relation to the mythical:
    1. A discussion concerning the range of episodes from 1963 to the present day with the tenth Doctor produced and aired by the BBC. Is a mythical approach applicable?
    2. Spin off shows such as. The Sarah Jane Adventures, K9 and Company and Torchwood have all crossed over at one time or another into Doctor Who and have been received, in a variety of ways, by fans. Discuss the role of the spin off show in the Whoniverse
    3. An examination to the range of books and audio Doctor Who adventures.
    4. The relationship of the Doctor to modern culture
    5. The influence of “real world myth” into the Doctor’s Whoniverse. Does the Doctor suffer from, what some have called a mythical identity crises? Is this a fair or unfair way of examining the mythological foundations of the series?
    6. Ways the mythology of Doctor Who are relevant to Who-fandom.

    All Submitted abstracts and papers are to be sent to

    Abstracts of 500 words or less should be submitted, along with complete contact information for and a biographical paragraph about the submitter, by email to the editors by December 1, 2008
    If accepted, articles should be completed as Word documents with MLA formatting.
    Submissions should be sent electronically to the editors by July 1, 2009 to

    Dr. Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University

    Jessica Burke, College of Staten Island

    Anthony S Burdge, Northeast Tolkien Society Co-Chair/Independent Scholar

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    Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who (Call for Papers)
    Authored by: Tin-Dog-Podcast on Friday, September 26 2008 @ 06:45 AM EDT
    I still think it would be worth looking into RTDs aproach to the Mythical imagery - specifically Christian. when he is an Aetheist.

    See last of the Timelords and satan pit

    over Classic Whos insistance that all Gods were simply evolved beings obeying Clarkes law.

    See Deamons and a host of Pertwee stories.


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    Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who (Call for Papers)
    Authored by: Tin-Dog-Podcast on Friday, September 26 2008 @ 06:48 AM EDT
    6. Ways the mythology of Doctor Who are relevant to Who-fandom.

    By this do you also mean Myths about espisodes that fand hold as true but have been discoverd to be false ir Kate Bush Wrote Kinda etc?

    We need a bigger definition of MYTHOLOGY


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    Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who (Call for Papers)
    Authored by: daveac on Tuesday, September 30 2008 @ 05:08 PM EDT

    I know there are many opinions on all this - and before I add mine - I should say that I think Louis does and should have the final 'say-so' on what happens.

    I had thought that the Series 4 reviews were never going to make it to iTunes - which I believe is a wider audience - and was a little upset about that.

    I thought that 'although a bit rough' they gave a great insight as to how 'us fans' as opposed to general viewers rated the shows.

    I do see the need to 'warn' listeners about 'LIVE' shows - but love the fact that these can now be heard on iTunes.

    So from me at least it works.

    Cheers, daveac

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    Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who (Call for Papers)
    Authored by: daveac on Tuesday, September 30 2008 @ 05:14 PM EDT
    Something wrong here.

    The above comment was for the PodShock LIVE debate not this one!

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