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ANU academic denounces Dr Who as racist

By Ben_Dover - 26 May 2013 57

This in from the Daily Mail:

The Doctor’s new foes claim that his dismissive attitude towards black companions, his contempt for ‘primitive’ people, and even his passion for cricket are all proof of a reactionary ‘whiteness’ pervading his adventures.

Their concerns are published in a new book, Doctor Who And Race, which says the BBC programme is based in attitudes ‘that continue to subjugate people of colour’.

But fans dismiss such criticisms as ‘groundless’ and ‘ridiculous’.

‘Cricket also had a role in maintaining the status of British imperialism through the exercise of soft power as it was successfully inculcated by the colonial elites. Davison’s cricketing Doctor once again saw the BBC using Who to promote a racial and class nostalgia that had already outlived its validity.

Australian academic Lindy Orthia, who compiled the anthology, concluded: ‘The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly racist.’

Wonderful! The racism industry ratchets up the divisions in society once more.

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ANU academic denounces Dr Who as racist
Holditz 10:06 pm 26 May 13

LSWCHP said :

I believe Poetix is the resident RA expert on the Doctor, so I’d be interested to hear what she has to say on this subject.

Any Australian would be an expert, compared to an American academic.

Masquara 8:40 pm 26 May 13

Lindy Orthia is course convenor for a course called “science and public awareness” run by the Australian National University’s Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Um, part of the ANU’s “science communication” courses. The Australian National University is pleased to promote, to the status of convenor, an “academic” who writes like this? : “The biggest elephant in the room is the problem privately nursed by many fans of loving a TV show when it is thunderingly racist.”

banco 7:54 pm 26 May 13

Isn’t the ANU looking for savings?

Ben_Dover 7:04 pm 26 May 13

Doctor Who and Race, a volume of essays by 23 contributing writers, will be published by Intellect Books in 2013

Badly named publisher or what?

I’m awaiting “Dr Who and Gender” coming out. He’s always been male, the sexist bastard.

c_c™ 6:54 pm 26 May 13

Turns out this work follows on from a 2010 Thesis which you can read online.

“In this thesis I examine representations of science in the long-running science fiction television series, ‘Doctor Who’. In particular I analyse the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of this representation to assess its consistency with four goals for the democratisation of science… I then analyse in greater theoretical depth three ways that debates about the democratisation of science manifest within ‘Doctor Who’. I show that the program varies in the degree to which it is consistent with the goals for the democratisation of science.”

milkman 6:48 pm 26 May 13

More groundbreaking research from the University of East Bumcrack.

HiddenDragon 6:34 pm 26 May 13

So Dr Who is the new Biggles – well, at least they’ve dealt with the lurking homoeroticism (replacing that with sexism, I suppose) angle by giving the Dr a female sidekick.

As we speak, the Liberals’ wastewatch booklet is being updated to include this (even if no federal funds were involved) as another instance of godless, un-Australian profligacy.

Oh, and aren’t we due for some nudge-nudge, wink-wink, research-based double entendres about the size of the Dr’s sonic screwdriver???

LSWCHP 6:18 pm 26 May 13

I’ve been watching Dr Who for over 40 years, and I’ve never picked up on anything like this, so I’m with Ben and Matt.

I believe Poetix is the resident RA expert on the Doctor, so I’d be interested to hear what she has to say on this subject.

Diggety 6:13 pm 26 May 13

Well there’s a budget saving.

bigfeet 6:03 pm 26 May 13

I seriously hope that there was no research grant for this rubbish.

Roundhead89 5:17 pm 26 May 13

So cricket is racist? They must have missed all those Indian, Pakistani and West Indian players who have been playing the game at the top level for many years.

c_c™ 4:27 pm 26 May 13

You can follow more of Lindy’s groundbreaking work here:

There’s also details on how to order her entire book on the topic of Dr Who and Race.

See, the unions say ANU doesn’t have any fat to trim. I suspect there is.

MERC600 3:30 pm 26 May 13

I think it’s BS. I rely on Robert Macklin to educate me whats racist and whats not, and he has not mentioned Dr Who, well not yet. He could later as he may have a backlog and could take some time to get to ‘W’.

Matt_Watts 1:26 pm 26 May 13


smcphill 12:29 pm 26 May 13

> “The biggest elephant in the room…”

This implies there are more than 1 elephant in the room. Guess she must be in the T.A.R.D.I.S. somewhere.

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