Mediating Human-Technology Relationships: Explorations of Hybridity, Humanity and Embodiment in Doctor Who

  • Anne Cranny-Francis Macquarie University, Sydney


The relationship between human beings and technology has been a regular concern of the television series, Doctor Who. Though its titular hero moves through space-time by means of advanced technology and he is by his own admission a technological genius and Doctor 'of everything really', the program nevertheless consistently maps the unease that attends the interaction of humans and the technology - whether through the human characters' horror at the abuse of technology and its power or through characters who incorporate this interaction.

The trope of the cyborg, the human-machine hybrid that articulates many contemporary fears (and desires) about the intrusion of technology on the 'human' is enacted and embodied in Doctor Who by the Daleks and the Cybermen - long-term enemies of the Doctor. In the recent new series (2005-2009) featuring Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant both Daleks and Cybermen have returned, to enact contemporary concerns about new technologies. This paper explores the recent Dalek double-episode, "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" (2007) for its representation of current human-technology relationships.

Author Information

Anne Cranny-Francis, Macquarie University, Sydney
Dr. Anne Cranny-Francis is an academic at Macquarie University, Sydney. Best known for her feminist writing on textual politics, she has also written on film, literature, popular music, and television.
How to Cite
Cranny-Francis, Anne. 2009. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 08 (June). Accessed May 24, 2018.
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