Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Contents

I am pleased to be able to share a list of the contributors and chapter titles for the forthcoming book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who:

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

Andrew Crome, Introduction
  1. Courtland Lewis, ‘Why Time Lords do not live forever’
  2. Gabriel McKee, ‘Pushing the Protest Button: Doctor Who’s Anti-Authoritarian Ethic’
  3. Kenneth Jason Wardley: Divine and Human Nature: incarnation and kenosis in Doctor Who
  4. Tim Jones, ‘Breaking the Faiths in “The Curse of Fenric” and ‘The God Complex”’
  5. Michael Charlton, ‘The Doctor Working on God’s Time: Kairos and Intervention in “The Waters of Mars” and “A Christmas Carol”’
  6. Brigid Cherry, ‘“You’re this Doctor’s companion. What exactly do you do for him? Why does he need you?”: Doctor Who, Liminality and Martha the Apostle’
  7. Laura Brekke “Humany-Wumany”: Humanity vs. Human inDoctor Who
  8. Jennifer L. Miller, ‘The Monstrous and the Divine in Doctor Who: The Role of Christian Imagery in Russell T. Davies’s Doctor Who Revival’
  9. John Vohlidka, ‘“With proof, you don’t have to believe”: Doctor Who and the Celestials’
  10. Kieran Tranter, ‘“Her Brain was full of Superstitious Nonsense”: Modernism and the Failure of the Divine in Doctor Who
  11. Karma Waltonen, “Religion in Doctor Who: Cult Ethics”
  12. David Johnson, ‘Mediating Between the Scientific and the Spiritual in Doctor Who
  13. Kristine Larsen, ‘Karma, Conditionality, and Clinging to the Self: The Tennant Years as Seen Through a Tibetan Buddhist Lens’
  14. Andrew Crome, ‘“There never was a Golden Age”: Doctor Who and the Apocalypse’
  15. Alexander Cummins, ‘Qui Quae Quod: Doctor Who and the History of Magic’
  16. Marcus Harmes, ‘The Church Militant? The Church of England, humanity and the future in Doctor Who’
  17. Russell Sandberg, ‘Bigger on the Inside? Doctoring the Concept of “Religion or Belief” under English Law’
  18. Noel Brown, ‘“Something Woolly and Fuzzy”: The Representation of Religion in the Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Adventures’
  19. Joel Dark, ‘Doctoring the Doctor: Midrashic Adventures in Text and Space’

James F. McGrath, ‘Epilogue’

For academics interested in the intersection of Doctor Who and religion, this AAR session scheduled for the annual meeting in November will also be of interest (I’ve put the details of the paper about Doctor Who in bold):
Religion and Science Fiction Group and Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group
Theme: Boarding the Maṇḍala’s Gate: An Exploration of Science Fiction Encounters with Buddhism
Scott Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Presiding
Monday – 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Our panel begins in the early 1940s, the “Golden Age” of Science Fiction (SF), and moves chronologically through the new millennium, highlighting a work in progress involving the dialogue between SF and Buddhism that is still galaxies far, far, away from completion. We examine SF’s fascination with Buddhism during the 20th century at a time when both British and American middle-class citizens were disenchanted by their surrounding environment and began to explore eastern religions, including Buddhism, as alternative “paths” by which they could re-imagine and re-create religious meaning. Within this time period, we analyze several SF visions of Buddhism and Buddhist peoples via three different media, collectively demonstrating instances in which SF authors both (1) partake in the process Iwamura has called “virtual Orientalism” (Virtual Orientalism, 2011) and (2) complicate stereotypes, misrepresentations and caricatures to forge new ground.
  • Michael Nichols, The Doctor and the Demon: Mara in the British Science Fiction Series “Doctor Who”
  • Joel Gruber, The Dharma of Doctor Strange: The Shifting Representations of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism within a Science Fiction Comic Serial
  • Kurtis Schaeffer, To Glimpse the Minds of Stars and Nebulae: Tibetan Buddhism in the Science Fiction Novels of Olaf Stapledon
  • David Germano, Tibet in Mars and Hyperion during the 1990s
  • Responding: Alexander Gardner
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  • Ambaa

    Sounds fascinating! I love both religion and Dr. Who :)

  • Marcus

    This looks fantastic. I’ll be sure to give it a read and review on my blog when it comes out. I’m particularly interested in the Davies era. It seems to me that he was not only deconstructing Christianity, but also trying to create an alternative ethical narrative that aligns with his atheist worldview. A few of these chapters should provide some interesting fodder for thought.