Dr. Who and Unflattening

Jenson Phillips
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Dr. Who is a British TV program about a doctor who is considered to be one of the "time lords." He has lived for over 900 years travelling space and time to destroy some of the deadliest creatures in the universe.

The show was created in 1963 and is still being aired to this day. There have been 12 different actors who have played the doctor role. Currently that role is played by Peter Capaldi.

The machine that Dr. Who uses to travel is called the TARDIS, which is "Time and Relative Dimension in Space". The TARDIS is shaped to look like a police call box which looks like a blue telephone booth used to call the police in an emergency. The outside looks small, but when you step inside it is a large control center used to travel across the universe.

Dr. Who relates in a couple ways to Unflattening by Dr. Nick Sousanis. On page 96 of the book there is a drawing of the TARDIS with the line "These frames we construct, are work spaces to blend ideas, sites for transformation, which reveal we are bigger on the inside." This line shows the idea that not only is the TARDIS a work space where we transform; such as when Dr. Who time travels and space travels. It is also clear that we are bigger on the inside; just like how the TARDIS appears to just be a phone booth but is a whole ship inside. Another part is the metaphor that we have the "capacity to host a multiplicity of world's inside us;" just as Dr. Who travels to many worlds in his quest.





The Doctor portrayed by series leads in chronological order. Left to right from top row; William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. Image by Edokter.