Is Doctor Who political?

McKee, Alan (2004) Is Doctor Who political? European Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(2), pp. 201-217.

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This article presents the results of a research project which investigated the vernacular political philosophy of the television program Doctor Who. Fans were asked about their political thinking, their interpretations of the politics of that program, and the relationship between these two. The results contribute to a cultural history of the political natures of different kinds of texts. These television viewers are revealed to be well able to articulate their own political thinking, and to argue cogently that Doctor Who is not useful for that thinking. The politics of this group range from self-nominated Marxist to extreme right-wing; and their interpretations of the program's politics, when they are asked to produce them, are similarly wide ranging. It seems that the program does not function as vernacular political philosophy. This has implications for thinking about the 'ideology' of popular texts.

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ID Code: 14617
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Doctor Who, Vernacular theory, Ideology, Politics, Interviews, Textual analysis, Fans, Television, Popular culture
DOI: 10.1177/1367549404042494
ISSN: 1367-5494
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Philosophy not elsewhere classified (220399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > CRC Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, <European Journal of Cultural Studies 7(2):pp. 201-217., 2004 © <SAGE Publications Ltd > by SAGE Publications Ltd at the <European Journal of Cultural Studies> page:
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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