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Doctor Who and Race Paperback – August 15, 2013
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This 300 page Doctor Who and Race contains masterly essays, arranged into five parts, all of which target the rarely acknowledged racial significance and diverse perspectives embedded within the Doctor Who series. Some of the essays are critical of the way Doctor Who has become so engaged with race. Others discuss elements of the program which actively oppose and confront racism. A small number of contributors perceive the television series to be a fleeting reflection of current racial discourses within today's society.
Part 1 The Doctor, his companions and race
1.1 The white Doctor - Fire Fly 1.2 Too brown for a fair praise: The depiction of racial prejudice as cultural heritage in Doctor Who - Iona Yeager 1.3 Conscious colour-blindness, unconscious racism in Doctor Who companions - Linnea Dodson 1.4 Doctor Who, cricket and race: The Peter Davison years - Amit Gupta 1.5 Humanity as a white metaphor - Quiana Howard and Robert Smith? 1.6 "You can't just change what I look like without consulting me!": The shifting racial identity of the Doctor - Mike Hernandez
Part 2 Diversity and representation in casting and characterization
2.1 No room for old-fashioned cats: Davies era Who and interracial romance - Emily Asher-Perrin 2.2 When white boys write black: Race and class in the Davies and Moffat eras - Rosanne Welch 2.3 Baby steps: A modest solution to Asian under-representation in Doctor Who - Stephanie Guerdan 2.4 That was then, this is now: How my perceptions have changed - George Ivanoff 2.5 "One of us is yellow": Doctor Fu Manchu and The Talons of Weng-Chiang - Kate Orman
Part 3 Colonialism, imperialism, slavery and the Diaspora
3.1 Inventing America: The Aztecs in context - Leslie McMurtry 3.2 The Ood as a slave race: Colonial continuity in the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire - Erica Foss 3.3 Doctor Who and the critique of western imperialism - John Vohlidka 3.4 Through coloured eyes: An alternative viewing of postcolonial transition - Vanessa de Kauwe
Part 4 Xenophobia, nationalism and national identities
4.1 The allegory of allegory: Race, racism and the summer of 2011 - Alec Charles 4.2 Doctor Who and the racial state: Fighting National Socialism across time and space - Richard Scully 4.3 Religion, racism and the Church of England in Doctor Who - Marcus K Harmes 4.4 The Doctor is in (the Antipodes): Doctor Who short fiction and Australian national identity - Catriona Mills
Part 5 Race and science
5.1 "They hate each others' chromosomes": Eugenics and the shifting racial identity of the Daleks - Kristine Larsen 5.2 Mapping the boundaries of race in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - Rachel Morgain 5.3 Savages, science, stagism, and the naturalized ascendancy of the Not-We in Doctor Who - Lindy A Orthia
All the contributors to the Doctor Who and Race publication, competently integrate popular culture, experience, and personal reflection, providing fresh and interesting perspectives. Each essay is obviously well-researched and presented with some authority. Discussion regarding the topic of race are threaded within diverse areas of academic inquiry, including: ethnic and racial studies, whiteness studies, post colonial education, anthropology, history, philosophy, culture and the sciences.
This fine book also includes a number of pages dedicated to a brief synopsis of each contributor, whose essays are the heart and soul of this publication. The Editor, Lindy Orthia, is a lecturer at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, within the auspices of, The Australian National University. Readers will also appreciate the balanced introduction and thoughtful conclusion by the editor, who duly invites readers to further contribute to what she believes is an ongoing conversation and passionate debate in association with, Doctor Who and Race. Book reviewed by: Blair Bowler