The long-running BBC science fiction program Doctor Who has garnered an intense and extremely loyal fan base since its 1963 debut. This work examines the influences of psychology, literature, pop culture, and the social sciences on Doctor Who storylines and characters. Topics explored include how such issues as class, gender, and sexual attraction factor into the relationships between the Doctor and his companions; whether the Doctor suffers from multiple personality disorder or other psychological afflictions; and the role of the Doctor's native culture in shaping his sense of identity.
Marc Schuster has written extensively on science-fiction and popular culture. An English instructor, he teaches composition, literature and film at Montgomery County Community College. He lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania. Tom Powers is a college lecturer who teaches composition courses. Along with Marc Schuster, he is the coauthor of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan's Guide to Doctor Who (McFarland 2007). He lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.