A very good googly – race in Four to Doomsday

Doctor Who and Race the book encompasses celebrations as well as criticisms of Doctor Who’s engagement with elements of race. Taking the latter perspective, I’d like to smash the proverbial bubbly on this blog with a critical revisitation of something many Doctor Who fans are familiar with. It’s the scene from 1982’s Four to Doomsday … Continue reading

Why the jelly babies?

Why the jelly babies?

Here’s why the cover of Doctor Who and Race features an image of jelly babies in a white paper bag: [Doctor Who‘s] consistency in what humanity looks like constructs human diversity as an unremarkable and timeless fact. It casts racist attitudes as threatening, but in the grand scheme of human history, anomalous. The urge to a cosmopolitanism … Continue reading