As Doctor Who approaches 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 most recent television output The Inner World of Doctor Who examines why the show 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 dramatization of human experience. The Inner World of Doctor Who seeks to explore the multiple cultural and emotional dimensions of the series, moving back and forth from behind the famous sofa, where children remember hiding from scary monsters, and onto the proverbial psychoanalytic couch.

chapter 1|22 pages

Bigger on the inside

chapter 8|26 pages

Inside the whale: The Beast Below

chapter 9|17 pages

Ordinary stories: The Lodger

chapter 10|31 pages

Madman in a box: The Doctor’s Wife

chapter 11|26 pages

Every time we say goodbye: Closing Time

chapter 12|26 pages

The story of Amelia Pond

chapter 13|25 pages


Feeling time: narrative and the inner world