Doctor Who and Gay Male Fandom
Doctor Who and Gay Male Fandom
A Queer(ed) Transmedia Franchise
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Chapter 1 - Fan Identities: Defining Fandom and Quantifying the Doctor Who Gay Male Following
Chapter 2 - The Doctor: The Hero’s Queer Masculinity, Performance and Contradictory Morality
Chapter 3 - The TARDIS: The Queer History of the Police Box and the Possibilities of Space
Chapter 4 - The Companion: Queering Cross-Gender Relations and Childhood Play
Chapter 5 - The Monster: The Queer Reception of the Daleks
Conclusion: Will the Queerness of Doctor Who Fandom Change?

Mike Stack

Doctor Who and Gay Male Fandom

A Queer(ed) Transmedia Franchise

Doctor Who is a BBC transmedia franchise that has lasted over sixty years. Its fanbase boasts a substantial following of gay men. This book asks why this should be.

Through examining four core components – the Doctor, the TARDIS, the companion and the Daleks – this book traces the trajectory of queerness from wider culture to paratextual media and finally into the parent text, resulting in an inclusive brand. In doing so, it argues that fandom provides a space to mediate between personal identities and the wider world. Drawing from interviews with fans, the book demonstrates the complexities and contradictions of queerness, and proposes an alternative theory of gay cultural formation.

This is the first book-length study to use queer theory to understand Doctor Who. It will be of interest to students and teachers of media theory and fan studies, psychosocial studies, queer theory and history, as well as Doctor Who fans.

Mike Stack

Mike Stack is currently an independent scholar. He previously authored The Black Archive #68: The Happiness Patrol, (Obverse Books, 2023), as well as pieces on Arthur C. Clarke, The Tomorrow People, and the science of sex within Doctor Who.