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Published on October 17th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Whoniversal Appeal

The “Doctor Who Effect” continues to influence the Welsh at all levels, with postgraduate students at Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) organising Whoniversal Appeal.

A conference to be held 14 to 16 November and is open to the public, Whoniversal Appeal will feature academic papers and presentations discussing topics including “morality, philosophy, history, television and cultural studies.”

Organising chair Melissa Beattie believes studying the show useful because:

“…all arts and humanities reflect the society that creates them.

“It shows the progression of society over 45 years and it’s amazing to see what an impact it’s had.”

“Also I think it’s a good way of getting rid of what I call ivory towers thinking. Using something like Doctor Who is a good way of finding a common ground.

“There’s a lot of narrative density in a lot of them – you have epic scenes, mythical-religious scenes, plus again the reflection of modern society like quite a strong anti-war message,” she said.

It sounds a superb event to take part in, so get there if you can!

(And check out the BBC News page of the event for some historical inaccuracy…)

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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