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More Doctor Who and Philosophy

Regeneration Time

Edited by Courtland Lewis and Paula Smithka
Volume 93 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

“The Doctor is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So is this book. The Doctor and his companions’ lives are indeed different from anybody else’s; nobody in the universe can do what they’re doing. But if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a wanderer in the Fourth Dimension or longed to search for your destiny in the stars, the writers in this book invite you into the TARDIS, to become a companion, and learn first-hand that Time is not the boss.”

—Josef Steiff, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Cinema Art and Science, Columbia College Chicago

 “If you already love both Doctor Who and philosophy, this volume will remind you why. If you only know one or the other, this volume will open the door for you to enter a universe that is bigger (on the inside) than you ever realized before, as some of the most fascinating questions of all time—ones that have puzzled thinkers and viewers alike—are explored.”

—James F. McGrath, Professor of Religion at Butler University in Indianapolis, editor of Religion and Science Fiction, and co-editor of Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

“Abbott and Costello asked ‘Who’s on first?’ and honestly I still don’t know the answer. But, I do know that Doctor Who’s on fire and this book is a home run! Just like the TARDIS, this timely Time Lord tome looks tiny outside, but it’s got big ideas inside! Reading it even made ME feel smart!”

—Moxie Magnus, Queen of Outer Space, Cosmic Comedian, Star Trek Drag Queen, and Captain of The Moxie Pod and Tales from Salonbay

 “This fantastic collection of chapters is, much like the Doctor himself, deep, insightful and informative while also being accessible and great fun. Time paradoxes, selfhood, Dalek morality, Time Lord gender . . . every fan will find something entertaining and thought-provoking here. Whether you’ve already devoured Lewis and Smithka’s fascinating earlier volume, or are new to the wonders of Doctor Who and Philosophy, I heartily recommend this sparkling new book.”

 — Andrew Crome, Lecturer in Religion, University of Manchester, and co-editor of Religion and Doctor Who

 “A comprehensive philosophical investigation and celebration of Whoniversal themes. If you plan to ever build a TARDIS, to navigate it through multiple worlds and times, to seek out new companions, and to find out what you can and cannot do, then this is the book for you.”

 —Richard Hanley, author of The Metaphysics of Star Trek and “Who’s Who on Gallifrey”

 “Is Rose free to perform actions other than the ones she actually performs? Are Daleks inherently evil? Is the Twelfth Doctor inherently good? Can Clara be the same person across space and time? You’ll find philosophical issues surrounding these questions and others discussed in this entertaining and informative book. So, grab a handful of jelly babies and find a police box—preferably one big enough on the inside where you can fit a comfy reading chair.”

—Robert Arp, editor of 1001 Ideas that Changed the Way We Think

Courtland Lewis and Paula Smithka, both doctors of philosophy, co-edited the universally-acclaimed Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside (2011). Court, who is now Head of Philosophy and Religious studies at Owensboro Community and Technical College, Kentucky, first came to philosophy through Doctor Who, after his brother tried to explain regeneration to him when the Fourth Doctor became the Fifth. Paula, now an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Southern Mississippi, suffered serious childhood deprivation—as an American growing up without cable, she missed her required shots of Doctor Who and has been desperately trying to make up for it ever since.

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