In Zir travels through space and time, the Doctor has to solve numerous problems, many of which have applications to our everyday lives, in the cult classic Doctor Who. This book, written by one of the Doctor’s biggest fans – Courtland Lewis, explores the distinctive view of life, ethical, spiritual, and scientific after centuries of regeneration. As a Time Lord, the Doctor is bound by the universal code of noninterference in the lives of different species on different planets. Zir finds that non-interference can be disastrous–but because of free will and unpredictability, interference can bring about calamitous consequences. Lewis probes deeper into how Zir copes with this harsh dilemma in different episodes of the show, and how these experiences went on to shape the unique personalities. The Doctor never has any doubts about Zir’s own identity. Yet the various regenerations have distinctly different personalities, and some regenerations are forgotten. Zir raises, in acute form, the philosophical issue of what constitutes personal identity: who are we at our core? Join us as we dart among the stars, exploring the philosophical theories and questions of personal identity, free will, individuality, regeneration and fate. Welcome Aboard the TARDIS–It’s Bigger on the Inside.
Courtland Lewis came to philosophy through Doctor Who, as his brother tried to explain regeneration to him when the Fourth Doctor changed into the Fifth Doctor. In different space-time coordinates, Dr. Lewis is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and co-creator of the Rock and Metal Profs podcast.
For more information on Courtland, please visit his website here.