Comments on: Dr. Who Is An Anthropologist http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/ Notes and Queries in Anthropology Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:42:43 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 By: Rex http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-772084 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:13:18 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-772084 I think that you are right — as an absent minded anthro I messed it up :S

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By: Nica http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-771347 Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:52:25 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-771347 Ha! Some of Dr. Who’s (mis)adventures would make fine case studies for the AAA ethics “cases and solutions” page.

My only question is: “Half the time he can’t see the forest for the trees, while the other half of the time he’s so focused on what’s in front of him that he can’t see the big picture.” Isn’t not seeing the forest for the trees the same as not seeing the big picture?

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By: Pat Galloway http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-770477 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:52:42 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-770477 For another side of the most recent Master, see John Simm in Life on Mars–where he gets to be the time traveler but can’t get home. So either way you cut it…. Still, “The Big Bang” segment in the British Museum did work the Doctor’s mastery of time.

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By: Rex http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-769936 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:26:54 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-769936 The franchise is sprawling — especially once you get into all the fan fic, radio productions etc, so there are lots of different Doctors, each of which fit more or less neatly into someone’s opinion of an anthropologist. Jon Pertwee did a stint as a Humain Terrain Systems consultant (“five rounds, rapid!”) while the newer, more PTSD doctor the Brits give us today is, I imagine, a lot more how Vine Deloria sees us.

As for the fieldnotes — isn’t that something we _claim_ to have more often than we actually have it? (I think in this we’re a bit like the doctor too) :)

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By: des von bladet http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-767730 Sat, 22 Dec 2012 11:44:10 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-767730 He’s blown up more than his share of Sontaran fleets; he recently engineered a genocide of the Silence; and the reboot backstory has him single-handedly genociding the Daleks.

I’m assuming that neglecting to mention these complicities is part of your excellent character-sketch, though.

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By: Dick Powis http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-767644 Sat, 22 Dec 2012 07:09:08 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-767644 Oh yes. I agree, Rex. I did refer to him as “The fictional anthropologist du jour” in my bog entry yesterday. :)

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By: Clare Sammells http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-767473 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:44:49 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-767473 He is The Doctor, but if we say that all the non-SF fans might wonder what we are talking about. That said, I knew I wasn’t the only one here!

“He is a professional stranger.” This sums it up (and I am feeling that acutely now, starting a new project in a place I have never lived before).

The only thing the Doctor seems to lack are copious fieldnotes — but who knows, the TARDIS is so big there might be an entire room dedicated to his scribblings. Or maybe he never visited the AAAs in the 1980s.

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By: Kethryvis http://savageminds.org/2012/12/21/dr-who-is-an-anthropologist/comment-page-1/#comment-767464 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:04:01 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=9048#comment-767464 i knew it. I KNEW IT! (pet peeve: He’s The Doctor, not Doctor Who ;))

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