It’s one of modern history’s most popular and beloved sci-fi creations and while the Doctor is revered world-round, what about their companions, friends and acquaintances along the way? For all the time-travel and extravagant alien worlds, Doctor Who is often at its best when it looks to you, the average viewer, and how the lives and values of us human beings are actually spectacular. The cup of tea or coffee we make in the morning, the relationships we carry and lose in life, the routines we love and hate, the vinegar-soaked chippies we have at night – they might look mundane against the spectacle of the Doctor but what if it’s us, the humans, that are the fantastical ones?
In We’re Falling Through Space, J. David Reed investigates how Doctor Who uses its larger-than-life, fantastical lens to consider how the mundane is a lot more special than we might realise. As one of the Doctors put it, ‘D’you know, in nine hundred years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important before.’
We're Falling Through Space by J. David Reed
Publisher: 404 Ink