This paper explores how the British television show Doctor Who addresses controversial subjects, specifically race and multiculturalism. Recently, the show has been known for promoting progressive thinking and somewhat liberal ideas. What this looks to explore is whether or not that has always been the case. The show has been on the air for fifty years and has received a variety of reactions. Some claim the show is incredibly tolerant while others insist it is overtly racist. This text deals specifically with Immigration and racism in Great Britain during the 1960s and uses the 1963 and 1964 seasons of Doctor Who in order to draw parallels between how the show handles these in relation to the British public. The 2006-2007 seasons, which were the first to feature a black companion, are also analyzed to provide a change over time analysis and investigate whether or not the show is consistent in how it addresses race, and if it takes a positive stance on promoting tolerance and racial equality.


Schilling, Hayden




Cultural History | History


Doctor Who, Race

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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