Doctor Who: Identity, Time and Terror

Jon Mackley

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This study considers the complexities of the Doctor’s identity through physical and gender regeneration, and the darkness within oneself. Furthermore, although free to roam through time, the Doctor’s involvement is limited, moving from being an observer to an active participant, yet constrained in the knowledge that certain events cannot be changed. Key components of the “Whoniverse” are the threatening monstrous or apparently demonic aliens which often drawn on folk motifs. More terrifying, however, are the ways the series explores childhood anxieties, such as fear of the dark, silence and solitude, as well as making commonplace items and instinctive actions terrifying.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic
EditorsC Bloom
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmilan
Pages801 - 818
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-33136-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-33136-8, 78-3-030-33135-1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jul 2020


  • Defamiliarisation
  • The Demonic
  • Gender regeneration
  • ,Horror
  • The 'Uncanny'
  • Identity
  • Time travel
  • Infantile Anxiety
  • Inhumanity
  • Monstrous
  • Terror
  • Time


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