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Antirationalist critique or fifth column of scientism? Challenges from Doctor Who to the mad scientist trope

Orthia, Lindy


Much of the public understanding of science literature dealing with fictional scientists claims that scientist villains by their nature embody an antiscience critique. I characterize this claim and its founding assumptions as the “mad scientist” trope. I show how scientist villain characters from the science fiction television series Doctor Who undermine the trope via the programme’s use of rhetorical strategies similar to Gilbert and Mulkay’s empiricist and contingent repertoires, which define...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010-02-05
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Understanding of Science
DOI: /10.1177/0963662509355899


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