The Inner World of Doctor Who: Psychoanalytic Reflections in Time and Space

Author(s) : Iain MacRury, Author(s) : Michael Rustin

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The Inner World of Doctor Who: Psychoanalytic Reflections in Time and Space

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 368
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
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  • Catalogue No : 34857
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782200833
  • ISBN 10 : 1782200835
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As Doctor Who approaches its fiftieth anniversary recent series have taken the show to new heights in terms of popular appeal and critical acclaim.The Doctor and his TARDIS-driven adventures, along with companions and iconic monsters, are now recognised and enjoyed globally. The time is ripe for a detailed analytic assessment of this cultural phenomenon.

Focussing on the most recent television output The Inner World of Doctor Who examines why the show continues to fascinate contemporary audiences. Presenting closely-observed psychoanalytic readings of selected episodes, this book examines why these stories of time travel, monsters, and complex human relationships have been successful in providing such an emotionally rich dramatization of human experience. The Inner World of Doctor Who seeks to explore the multiple cultural and emotional dimensions of the series, moving back and forth from behind the famous sofa, where children remember hiding from scary monsters, and onto the proverbial psychoanalytic couch. The approach that the authors take recognizes the richness that Doctor Who contains, episode by episode and in its culture and mythos, in order to show how Doctor Who adventures can be appreciated in the acknowledgement that both sofa and couch provide lively places from which to enjoy the stories as they continue to unfold for the next fifty years.

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‘With great intelligence and timely sensitivity, The Inner World of Doctor Who frames this celebrated TV show in fascinating ways. Analysing the Doctor as a kind of “thinker-therapist”, and focusing on his relationships with companions, monsters, and the TARDIS, Iain MacRury and Michael Rustin convincingly explore deeper structures of meaning and feeling. Wedding perceptive readings to object relations theory, The Inner World of Doctor Who shows just how Doctor Who‘s emotional worlds of love, loss, and family are “bigger on the inside”.’
— Matt Hills, author of Triumph of a Time Lord and editor of New Dimensions of Doctor Who

About the Author(s)

Professor Iain MacRury is Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange in The Media School at Bournemouth University. He has taught on the MA Psychoanalytic Studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and is co-editor of Fictitious Capital: London after the Recession, and Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London. He is also author of Advertising (Routledge Introductions to Media and Communications) and co-author of The Dynamics of Adverting). He has published in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and in Psychodynamic Practice.

Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has written widely on psychoanalytic approaches to culture and society, including on children’s fiction (Narratives of Love and Loss) and drama (Mirror to Nature) both with Margaret Rustin. He is also author of The Good Society and the Inner World, and is a co-author/editor of the current After NeoLiberalism: the Kilburn Manifesto.

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