Seventh Doctor (1987-1989)

Still one Doctor Who’s most densely complex stories, Ghost Light (1989) is a true antecedent of the 21st-century series. Jonathan Dennis explores its bricolage of literary and scientific influences, and argues that its true theme is not biological evolution, but Social Darwinism.
Part of the most complex and unsettling 20th-century season of Doctor Who, The Curse of Fenric (1989) deals with issues of faith and family, nature and nurture, and the morality or otherwise of war. Una McCormack has written elsewhere on the treatment of World War II in Doctor Who.
SURVIVAL (To be published in April 2019)
Craig Jones analyses Survival (1989) as a story whose three parts are delineated by their respective geographies: those of dreary suburbia in the Thatcher era, the otherworld as a place of transformation, and the liminal ‘edgelands’ where the two may find a synthesis.