publication . Article . 2016

Classical monsters in new Doctor Who fan fiction

Amanda Potter;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2016 Journal: Transformative Works and Cultures (issn: 1941-2258, eissn: 1941-2258, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Organization for Transformative Works
Abstract
Although a number of classic Doctor Who episodes featured story lines and characters drawn from Greek myth, no new Who episodes based on Greek myth appeared until seasons 5 and 6, in 2010 and 2011. These episodes featured Pandora's box, the Minotaur, and a Siren. They all use the mythical monster or artifact outside of its ancient Greek context, and I argue that the mythical monsters were additions to earlier story ideas. I compare this with the treatment of the myths of the Minotaur and the Sirens in five stories posted to FanFiction.net between 2008 and 2013. These stories all engage with classical myths, and the longest, "Lure of the Sirens," even engages wit...
Subjects
free text keywords: Greek myth, Minotaur, Sirens, Theseus, Communication. Mass media, P87-96
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