Afterword

The Hope of the Doctor

Authors

  • Matt Hills University of Aberystwyth

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v18i4.29095

Keywords:

Implicit Religion, Doctor Who, hope, audiences, Polysemy, Neutrosemy

Abstract

This Afterword considers whether Doctor Who’s religious meanings are “polysemic” (different for different audiences) or “neutrosemic” (mirroring the religious commitments of those reading the programme). I argue that implicit religion is a useful concept not just in relation to the show’s plurality of meaning, but also its unpredictable cultural life, inspiring generations of viewers (and fans who would become its producers) to pay attention to the Doctor’s unusual heroism. Doctor Who promises moral and educative possibilities; it conveys a deep hope in transformative agency, even if these meanings cannot be guaranteed to arrive for audiences.

References

Amy-Chinn, Dee. 2010. “Davies, Dawkins and Deus ex TARDIS: Who finds God in the Doctor?” In Ruminations, Peregrinations, and Regenerations: A Critical Approach to Doctor Who, edited by Christopher J. Hansen, 22–34. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Crome, Andrew. 2013. “Introduction.” In Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who, edited by Andrew Crome and James McGrath, xi–xxiv. London: Darton, Longman and Todd.

McKee, Alan. 2004. “Is Doctor Who Political?” European Journal of Cultural Studies 7(2): 201–217. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549404042494

Sandvoss, Cornel. 2005. Fans: The Mirror of Consumption. Cambridge: Polity.

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Published

2015-12-22

How to Cite

Hills, M. (2015). Afterword: The Hope of the Doctor. Implicit Religion, 18(4), 575–578. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v18i4.29095

Section

Afterword