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A Blueprint for Destruction: Eco-activism in Doctor Who during the 1970s
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. (USSTE)
2012 (English)In: Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, ISSN 2171-9594, Vol. 3, no 2, 11-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes the television science-fiction show Doctor Who as a cultural forum within the context of British eco-activism of the 1970s. It examines four serials which aired during the 1970s during the first wave of eco-activism in the UK: "The Green Death" (1973), "The Invasion of the Dinosaurs" (1974), "The Seeds of Doom" (1976), and "Nightmare of Eden" (1979). Two environmentalist concerns-pollution and species conservation-put forward by the early British eco-activist movement as underscored in texts such as The Blueprint for Survival from 1972 are evident in these serials. While affirming the validity of some elements of environmentalist concerns, each serial also proposes that the ends do not always justify the means. The Doctor, although a supporter of eco-activism, rejects seemingly utopian approaches to reset the Earth's ecosystems. Rather than presenting viewers with a guide to sustainability, these Doctor Who serials offer dystopian visions of future realities steeped in ecological transgressions – these are the blueprints for destruction.

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En este artículo se analiza la serie de ciencia ficción Doctor Who como foro cultural en el contexto del eco-activismo británico de la década de 1970. Se examinan las cuatro series que se emitieron en los años 1970 durante la primera ola del eco-activismo en el Reino Unido: " The Green Death" (1973), "The Invasion of the Dinosaurs" (1974), "The Seeds of Doom" (1976) y "Nightmare of Eden" (1979). Dos preocupaciones medioambientales, la contaminación y la conservación de especies, propuestas en los principios del movimiento eco-activista británico y destacadas en textos comoThe Blueprint for Survival (1972), son evidentes en estas series. Mientras que se afirma la validez de algunos elementos de las preocupaciones medioambientales, cada serie también propone que el fin no siempre justifica los medios. El Doctor, aunque partidario del eco-activismo, rechaza los planteamientos aparentemente utópicos para restablecer los ecosistemas de la Tierra. En lugar de presentar a los espectadores una guía para la sostenibilidad, estas series de Doctor Who ofrecen visiones distópicas de realidades futuras llenas de transgresiones ecológicas – estas son las directrices de la destrucción.

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2012. Vol. 3, no 2, 11-26 p.
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Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67529OAI: diva2:612591
Available from: 2013-03-22 Created: 2013-03-22 Last updated: 2014-02-20Bibliographically approved

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