Forthcoming Book: The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who

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MythicDocWho - Posted on 23 February 2010


It is my hope this finds you well. Im not over here as often as I would like but wish to share with you all, some exciting news regarding our forthcoming book, "The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who,"

 Firstly,  we have a "Fan" page on Facebook.  I have the Table of Contents, and some early press up as a note. Including an early review endorsement by non other than Ken Deep!
Yesterday I made the announcement of the addition of Dr. Matt Hills who has contributed the chapter “Mythology makes you feel something”: The Russell T. Davies Era as sentimental Journey. We welcome Dr. Matt Hills, author of "Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century" (out now by I.B. Tauris) to the collection.

We now have cover art! Plus Kitsune Books, our publisher, has added us to their online catalog/store.

They have early reviews up, by Tony Lee of Doctor Who Ongoing, Ken Deep host of Podshock, Tony Keen of British Science Fiction Association and Matthew Kilburn of the Oxford Doctor Who Society

 If you are affilliated with a university, society, book club, newspaper, online media, etc and this volume would be of interest to review please send me the contact information to have copies sent.
The Editors were invited by the hosts of The Happiness Patrol, to come on their show and discuss the book. If you are interested in hearing this discussion, and our participation throughout the rest of the show please subscribe via iTunes or visit their website here:
Additionally I will always endorse and support the work of not only our local group, but of course Doctor Who: Podshock, hosts Louis Trapani, Ken Deep and James Naughton have been great support of our book, and have endorsed it via a publicity blurb by Ken Deep, as I previously mentioned. I also wish to note that this is not the only help, which I will retell this story many times, that these guys have lent to me. Last summer I suffered a pretty bad concussion during the time we were receiving the contributions to the book, and editing them.  During the healing process I was listening to past and current episodes of Doctor Who Podshock, ALL THE TIME :-) As they know and have told them all this really helped me get my cognitive functions back, perhaps sooner than I had anticipated. After 4-6 weeks of rest and healing I was able to return to work on the book. This is the fruits of that process

Our brilliant fact checker Barnaby Edwards of, and organizer of Who York,  will be attending Gallifrey One ( and if you are attending he will have a few flyers on hand.
March 26-28th I-CON 29, the editors, and Barnaby Edwards will be hosting a panel about the book. There will be exact programming information forthcoming.
Thursday May 20th, 2010 will be the official US/NYC book launch taking place at The WayStation,, which has a replica of the TARDIS!!
Details to come!
Weds. May 26th 2010 The British Science Fiction Association will be hosting a panel and book launch with all our UK contributors.
The editors will be attending events throughout the year to promote the work, such as San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Dragon Con and Hurricane Who (
As we have more details I shall inform you of them, but stay tuned to the facebook page, Kitsune Books official page, and this thread ;-)

Anthony S Burdge
Independent Scholar
"The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who."
Kitsune Books May 2010

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Advance Reviews

“In a television show fandom that hoards its myths and canon tight to its chest, The
Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a welcome inhalation of air; examining
many of the very ‘set in stone’ beliefs that we hold true, while examining the etheric
connections between a television series and some of the greatest mythological traditions
of all time. A solid read.”

—Tony Lee, Writer of IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who Ongoing

“The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who offers fascinating perspectives on that
iconic time traveler of contemporary popular culture. The articles in this new collection
successfully join Doctor Who’s fan-based cultural history to well-accepted academic
scholarship on mythology. From Arthurian legend and Batman to medieval Scandinavian
Valkyries and modern wartime morality, the diversity of subjects and themes explored in
this collection offer compelling insights on the roles mythologies, both past and present,
play in contemporary consciousness. By addressing newcomers to the Doctor Who series
as well as those who have followed the Doctor’s multiple incarnations since the 1960s,
this volume is likely to become one of those classic works that raises the bar for future
study in this field.”

—Leslie A. Donovan, Tolkien Studies scholar and Associate Professor at the
University of New Mexico; author of “The Valkyrie Reflex in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The
Lord of the Rings: Galadriel, Shelob, Éowyn, and Arwen”

“A collection of excellent essays that is engaging for the serious fan and will deepen the
interest of the new viewer. Every generation has a method of storytelling to pass its
collected wisdom to the next. This book helps us connect the themes of a modern
television legend to the timeless myths of the past.”

—Ken Deep, Co-host of Doctor Who Podshock

“Doctor Who has evolved into a mythological system, with all the use of archetypes and
self-contradictory variation that implies. This collection addresses that fact, and both
examines the mythology of the show, and seeks to make connections to other
mythologies, both ancient and more recent, offering new perspectives on a familiar
—Tony Keen, British Science Fiction Association

“This book assembles essays which are both valuable 'eyewitness accounts' of Doctor
Who's mythic status in television culture at the close of the first decade of the twenty-first
century, and applications of methods used across disciplines to assess Doctor Who's debt
to legend, particularly the Nordic and classical traditions, as well as modern and
postmodern anxieties concerning gender and power. Its authors display awareness of the
importance of Doctor Who's longevity in shaping its multi-authored identity since 1963;
they are drawn from inside and outside academic life and so offer a rich diversity of
voices for the consideration for students, critics and historians of contemporary media.”

—Matthew Kilburn, Oxford Doctor Who Society

Anthony S. Burdge, an Independent Scholar, was first introduced to fantastical, mythological worlds by his parents who claim to have read The Hobbit to him while in utero. Since childhood Anthony has traversed the roads of Middle-earth, studying the history and literature that inspired its creator J.R.R. Tolkien. As a voracious reading appetite was created via Tolkien and related tales, Anthony vividly recalls the days of Doctor Who on PBS and WLIW. In particular is the glowing ring of Eldrad upon the hand of a possessed Sarah Jane Smith ("The Hand of Fear,"Wink and the Sherlock Holmes-ian 4th Doctor in "The Talons of Wang Chiang." Anthony is co-chair, with his wife Jessica Burke, of The Northeast Tolkien Society and a proud member of Doctor Who New York.

Jessica Burke was born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York. Planning on attending a doctoral program next year, Ms. Burke is a self-professed Geek with studies ranging from anthropology, myth, and folklore, to Anglo-Saxon, Arthurian, and Medieval literature, to Abrahamic and Pagan theology, to vampyres, faeries, monsters, and much in-between. Influenced by the works of J.R.R Tolkien, Ms. Burke first experienced the realm of Middle-earth after a quest to the N.Y. Public Library, at the age of five, where she discovered a recording of Professor Tolkien reading “Riddles in the Dark” from The Hobbit. As her childhood opened into a world of dragons, Ms. Burke fondly recalls being terrified of the Daleks and fascinated with Tom Baker’s scarf, yet confesses that her first in-depth journey with the Doctor didn’t come until the airing of Russell Davies’ re-envisioned series in 2005.

Kristine Larsen has inhabited the space-time of Connecticut since her birth in 1963. An aficionado from an early age of equal parts world mythology and religions, science fiction and fantasy, and scientific literature, Dr. Larsen was first drawn to Doctor Who in graduate school. Her long career in astronomy education and outreach draws heavily upon her diverse intellectual interests, including numerous publications and presentations on the intersection between science and science fiction/fantasy. She is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University"


Barnaby Edwards was born in London, and now resides in New York City. He’s been a fan of Doctor Who ever since Julian Glover ripped off his face revealing the one-eyed Scaroth underneath at the cliffhanger to episode 1 of City of Death. This led to devouring every Target book and DWM he could lay his hands on! Today he runs a fan group in Manhattan – Doctor Who New York, and runs Doctor Who events there under the banner of Who York. His favorite story is Nightmare of Eden, and someday he’ll finish his own contribution to Doctor Who non-fiction writing. Someday!

Simon Guerrier is the author of the Doctor Who novels The Time Travellers, featuring the 1st Doctor, and The Pirate Loop and The Slitheen Excursion, featuring the 10th Doctor. He’s written numerous Doctor Who short stories and audio plays for Big Finish Productions as well as an episode of the new Blake’s 7 and novels for Primeval and Being Human. Simon is currently working on a short film and his own, original novel. He lives in London with a bright wife and a dim cat.

C.B. Harvey is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, journalist and academic specializing in transmedial storytelling. His gothic short story The Stinker won the first SFX Pulp Idol award in 2006. Colin’s fiction work includes contributions to two BBC-licensed Doctor Who short stories for Big Finish, the magazine Steampunk Tales and the second episode in the Highlander audio series, published by Big Finish under license from MGM. His academic work includes material on Battlestar Galactica and a book about Grand Theft Auto. He teaches creative writing at London South Bank University and is currently writing a fantasy novel.

Matt Hills is Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, he's been a professional academic as well for the past decade or so, and has recently written the first scholarly book devoted to BBC Wales' re-invention of the show, entitled Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century (I.B. Tauris, 2010). Being in Cardiff offers opportunities to watch location filming, and Matt has seen the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctors in action. Sadly, though, he was in a University Committee Meeting whilst Cybermen stalked the city centre, and so missed out on that. Worst. Meeting. Ever.

-- Anthony S Burdge Myth Ink Books Editor/Publisher

Editor The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who
The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman
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It has not been officially announced, nor will be publicized via all our known channels until Monday, but wanted to let folks know here first, that The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is available for Pre-Order on the publisher's website

For those in the UK, the payment amount will be in USD but can be shipped worldwide

In April the book will be available via Amazon US and UK.


-- Anthony S Burdge Myth Ink Books Editor/Publisher

Editor The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who
The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman
The Friendly Horror and Other W

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It official we have some upcoming book launch events 2 of the 4 NYC Events are announced, and one for the UK as well

Our book can be found here:
and on Facebook:

We will have two Staten Island Events:

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Staten Island - Borders Express 
Street: 2655 Richmond Avenue
City/Town: Staten Island, NY

Date: Monday, May 24, 2010
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: NYPL Tottenville Branch
Street: 7430 Amboy Road
City/Town: Staten Island, NY

Not to worry Manhattan residents we hope to announce soon our Manhattan event to take place 5/27, and Brooklyn 5/20

For those in the UK check out this event:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 7 p.m., British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) UK Book Launch event:
Upstairs Room, The Antelope Tavern, 22 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, London, SW1W 8EZ.
Featuring a panel chaired by Tony Keen, and consisting of Melissa Beattie, Simon Guerrier, and Colin Harvey.
Other contributors, Leslie McMurtry and Dr. Matt Hills, will also be on hand
Contact: Tony Keen,

-- Anthony S Burdge Myth Ink Books Editor/Publisher

Editor The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who
The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman
The Friendly Horror and Other W

The book is now available on Amazon:

The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (Amazon US)

It's not yet available in the Amazon UK store, hopefully soon.

As posted a couple days ago, we hoped the book would be available via Amazon UK in addition to the US store, and indeed it is now.

The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (Amazon UK)

and for the US:

The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (Amazon US)

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