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

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By:Iain MacRury & Michael Rustin
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When:  November 2013
Publisher:  Karnac Books
ISBN:978-1-78220-083-3
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As Doctor Who reaches 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 show since its revival in 2005, The Inner World of Doctor Who examines why it 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 dramatisation of human experience. The authors seek to explore the emotional dimensions of the series, moving back and forth from the excitement and terror of episodes seen from a child's point of view, to psychoanalytically informed explorations of their deeper meanings. The approach that the authors take recognises the richness that this series contains, episode by episode and in its culture and mythology, in order to show how Doctor Who adventures can be appreciated by viewers of many different ages, as they continue to unfold for the next fifty years.

'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

IAIN MACRURY is Professor of Media and Communications and 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.

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 is co-author of Narratives of Love and Loss: Studies in Modern Children's Fiction.

Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture is a book series that grew out of the Media and Inner World research network (www.miwnet.org), which was generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009-2013.

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Edition: hardback
When:  10 July 2019
Publisher:  Routledge
ISBN:978-0-367-10243-2
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