Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary Symposium

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

Join the Centre for Critical and Creative Writing and fans from Australia and around the world at The University of Queensland on Friday 24 November to celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary with short and exciting papers exploring renewal, recovery, regeneration, and reinvention.

This half-day symposium includes a series of lightning talks on aspects of Doctor Who and a special guest appearance from Mark Strickson (companion Vislor Turlough) talking about his career at the intersection of popular culture and academia.

Join us in person for papers and morning tea, or Zoom in remotely to participate in this celebration of the world’s longest-running science-fiction television show.


Event Details

Date: Friday 24 November

Time: 9am –1pm

Venue: Room 101, ModWest Building (11A), St Lucia Campus, UQ

Zoom Link

For in-person attendees registration is essential. 






Lightning Papers

  • Joanne Anderton (UQ), ‘Finding Solace with the Lonely God’.
  • Kieran Tranter (QUT), ‘Character in Doctor Who’.
  • Tracey Coleman (UniSA), ‘What Can Australian University Students Learn about Ethnography and Themselves through Participating in a Doctor Who Study Tour?
  • Jan Eldridge (U.Auckland), ‘Is There Anything You Can’t Teach with Doctor Who?’
  • Paige Macintosh (Victoria U), ‘New Earth, New Body, New Human: Trans Aesthetics and Tactile Encounters in Doctor Who.


Special guest speaker Mark Strickson


Morning tea (on terrace).


Lightning Papers

  • Mark Fryers, ‘Furies from the Deep: The Monstrous Seas of Doctor Who’.
  • Jonathan Macho (Cardiff), ‘Time and Relative Dimensions on the Page: The Power of Doctor Who Comics’.
  • Scott Maravilla, ‘Regeneration and Continuity: The Challenges of Aristotelian Consistency of Character in Doctor Who.’
  • Melissa Beattie, ‘”All Trying to Help People”: Tegan Jovanka as a “Postcolonial Detective”.’
  • Katy Beaton, ‘Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death: The Place of Comedy and Exploration of Gender Identity within Doctor Who’.
  • Matt Hills, ‘Regenerating Sell-through Who: Paratextual Upgrades, 1999-2023.’

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Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary Symposium

Fri 24 Nov 2023 9:00am2:00pm