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Is Doctor Who Political?

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  • Publication: European Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Date: vol. 7 no. 2 (May 2004)
  • Author: Alan McKee
  • Page: 201-217
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: This article presents the results of a research project that investigated the vernacular political philosophy of the television programme Doctor Who. Fans were asked about their political thinking, their interpretations of the politics of that programme and the relationship between the 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 programme’s politics, when asked to produce them, are similarly wide ranging. It seems that the programme does not function as vernacular political philosophy. This has implications for thinking about the ‘ideology’ of popular texts.


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  • APA 6th ed.: McKee, Alan (vol. 7 no. 2 (May 2004)). Is Doctor Who Political?. European Journal of Cultural Studies p. 201-217.
  • MLA 7th ed.: McKee, Alan. "Is Doctor Who Political?." European Journal of Cultural Studies [add city] vol. 7 no. 2 (May 2004), 201-217. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: McKee, Alan. "Is Doctor Who Political?." European Journal of Cultural Studies, edition, sec., vol. 7 no. 2 (May 2004)
  • Turabian: McKee, Alan. "Is Doctor Who Political?." European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 7 no. 2 (May 2004), section, 201-217 edition.
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