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Softer masculinity in the sixth form - Dr Who

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 January 2011

The Daleks are obsessed with racial purity and dedicated to a policy of genocide: they represent the Nazis. The Jagrafess is a loathsome alien purveying useless information - which he has censored, rewritten and controlled: he represents a modern day media mogul. This is the theory of the US academic Marc Edward DiPaolo who has analysed the political content of five decades of Doctor Who. He finds that the Time Lord is a liberal, bohemian, pacifist environmentalist, and definitely anti-American. Is Doctor Who a closet radical? Laurie and Marc discuss the contention with journalist, broadcaster and some-time Dr Who script-writer Matthew Sweet.
Also on the programme: Softening Masculinities. New research by Mark McCormac finds that British secondary school boys are far less restrictive in their behaviour than they used to be. It is okay to use conditioner, comment on someone's clothes, and even give each other a hug.

  • Dr Mark McCormack

    Lecturer in Education at the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University

    ‘It's Just Not Acceptable Any More': The Erosion of Homophobia and the Softening of Masculinity at an English Sixth Form”
    Mark McCormack; Eric Anderson
    doi: 10.1177/0038038510375734
    Sociology October 19, 2010 vol. 44 no. 5 843-859

    Find out more about Mark McCormack
  • Marc DiPaolo

    Assistant Professor of English and Moving Image Arts, Oklahoma City University

    Political Satire and British American Relations in Five Decades of Doctor Who
    Marc Edward Dipaolo
    The Journal of Popular Culture
    Volume 43, Issue 5, pages 964–987, October 2010

    Find out more about Marc DiPaolo
  • Matthew Sweet

    Journalist, Broadcaster (presenter of Nightwaves on Radio Three) and author of two Dr Who radio plays

    Find out more about Matthew Sweet


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