Spirituality and Doctor Who

doc who.jpg Spirituality and Doctor Who
An exploration of spirituality through Doctor Who
Sat 19th April 2008

“Why is the new version of Doctor Who such a huge success, with ratings going through the roof, regular Christmas specials and episodes commissioned up to 2010? Is it the strength of the acting and writing? The state-of-the-art special effects? The family appeal? The monsters and sense of imagination? Yes, it is all of these things. But maybe the series is also touching people’s need for – and understanding of – myth and spirituality”


Spirituality and Doctor Who
An exploration of spirituality through Doctor Who
Sat 19th April 2008
10am – 4pm
Wilson Carlile Campus, Sheffield
Why is the new version of Doctor Who such a huge success, with ratings going through the roof, regular Christmas specials and episodes commissioned up to 2010? Is it the strength of the acting and writing? The state-of-the-art special effects? The family appeal? The monsters and sense of imagination? Yes, it is all of these things. But maybe the series is also touching people’s need for – and understanding of – myth and spirituality.
The day will be organised and compèred by Andrew Wooding, a Church Army worker who has been a Doctor Who fanatic since Jon Pertwee first fell out of the TARDIS back in January 1970. Andrew has written seven books, leads creative writing workshops round the world and has lectured in film and media studies.
Christian themes and images in Doctor Who – both classic and new – will be explored. But there will also be a respectful look at other shades and faiths in Doctor Who, including ecological and Buddhist themes in the Jon Pertwee era, mystic parables in the Peter Davison era and the optimistic atheism of current Doctor Who creator Russell T Davies.
Confirmed guests include:
Barry Letts, the producer of Doctor Who from 1970 to 1975, who oversaw the classic Jon Pertwee era, Russell T Davies’ favourite period of the show. Barry Letts’ parting act on Doctor Who was to cast Tom Baker in the role and produce his debut story. Barry writes openly about including Buddhist and other spiritual themes in the programme in Who and Me, the first instalment of his candid and compulsive memoirs (available at www.whoandme.net).
Anthony Thacker, a Baptist minister and author of the acclaimed book Behind the Sofa: A Closer Look at ‘Dr Who’. The cover blurb reads: ‘The Doctor Who series has taken the BBC by storm, with millions of viewers and multiple awards. This book discovers the spiritual themes behind the series, as well as facts about classic Doctor Who.’
Peter S Williams of the Damaris Trust, who is co-author of Back in Time: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Doctor Who. Peter is a popular speaker and prolific author, and he will be giving an interactive presentation on ‘Meaningful Monsters: Daleks Through the Decades’.
Whatever your faith or worldview, come and bring your opinion. We want to learn from you in an open, respectful and fun environment, as well as explore together how to engage with and learn from modern cultural phenomena such as Doctor Who.
The cost for attending the day, which includes lunch, is £25. To book, please contact Wendy Evans at Wilson Carlile Campus, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ, email w.evans@churcharmy.org.uk, telephone number: 0114 278 7020
The organiser, Andrew Wooding, can be contacted at: andrewwooding@hotmail.com
Spirituality and Doctor Who 19 April 2008
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Please return by 4th April 2008 to Wendy Evans
Wilson Carlile College, 50 Cavendish Street Sheffield S3 7RZ
w.evans@churcharmy.org.uk 0114 278 7020
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* For Church Army evangelists, a non refundable deposit of £5 is required. Other costs, including travel costs, can be paid by Lifelong Learning