Call for Papers – 60th Anniversary Dr Who Research Forum

6 July 2023

As the Doctor once said ‘life depends on change and renewal’.

This half-day research forum supported by the Centre for Critical and Creative Writing will celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary with a range of critical papers with a focus on renewal, recovery, regeneration, and reinvention, as we enter a new Doctor’s era and a new decade.

This half-day event, which will be held the morning of Friday 24 November, will feature the launch of Academia and Higher Learning in Popular Culture, edited by Richard Scully and Marcus Harmes and featuring contributions from Catriona Mills, Robyn Redmond Wright and others from around the world!

Among other topics, the Doctor as an academic, the academic world of Professor Chronotis at St Cedd’s Cambridge, and using Doctor Who in teaching are covered. 

We are delighted to announce a special guest appearance via zoom by Mark Strickson, aka Vislor Turlough himself! Mark will share his experiences as part of the history of Doctor Who and his exciting career post-Doctor Who at the interface of popular and academic cultures.



Submissions are called for lighting fast (10 to 15-minute papers) on any aspect of the last 60 years of Doctor Who. As an event for and in the southern hemisphere, and where Australians have been watching Doctor Who for nearly six decades, papers examining Australian connections and fan cultures are also welcome. 

Abstracts will be considered for in-person or Zoom presentations.

Due: 30 September 2023

Email abstracts to: Marcus Harmes (, Catriona Mills ( and Richard Scully (

Please note that guest registrations for this event will open later in the year. At this stage, we are only calling for papers.