Druids, Deities and Daemons: Archaeological Horrors in 'Doctor Who'

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Saturday Aug 05   05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (1 hour)
Doctor Who Archaeology
During its fifty-four year history the BBC television drama series Doctor Who has often featured archaeological sites as scenes of ancient extraterrestrial activity. From British stone circles and barrows to doomed excavations at Saqqara and the ice-tombs of the planet Telos, serials with an archaeological basis have drawn heavily upon literary and cinematic tropes in order to present tales of overt horror, pushing the boundaries of acceptable early-evening television viewing. This heavily illustrated lecture will consider the ways in which popular conceptions of archaeology, particularly in the 1970s, combined with the BBC's own 'Gothic sensibilities' during that period in order to create television dramas of considerable and enduring power.
Independent Researcher
Egyptologist, Classicist and cultural historian