• “Who needs family? I’ve got the whole world on my shoulders:” How the Doctor’s Non-Domesticity Interrupts History

    Author(s):
    Todd Comer (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Group(s):
    Speculative and Science Fiction
    Subject(s):
    Speculative fiction, Television
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    doctor who, domesticity, Imperialism, Ontology, Television Studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6F052
    Abstract:
    The Doctor of the 2005 series is not domestic. This is obvious, and perhaps not that interesting, except for the fact that Russell T. Davies has, arguably, gone to extreme lengths to accentuate his non-domesticity as a critique of the obsessive human tendency to domesticate the world, both ideologically and more concretely through colonialism. . . The ultimate form of domesticity is imperialism, a rationalizing ideology that justifies its more concrete counterpart, colonialism: Since the Doctor is above all a time traveler, I address the issue of imperialism’s domesticating violence within the context of history. I argue that it is because the Doctor cannot be “naturalize[d],” or made “familiar” (OED) that he disrupts those stories which are too quickly writ large as History.
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