Thursday, 3 December 2009

The Uncanny Essay

The last few days I have been focusing on my essay. I am writing about the uncanny in relation to Doctor Who. I have been writing about the Weeping angels, (stone Angels)

the Autons (Plastic dummies)

and also an episode called Midnight where basically peoples voices were being repeated by this one passenger on a luxury tour around the diamond planet; Midnight. I have also looked at some books too; mostly in relation to the Autons. Living Dolls by Gaby Wood and Robots; The Quest for Living Machines by Geoff Simons.


  1. again - Ethan - you're right - the ventriloquism of the Midnight episode IS uncanny - another brilliant episode; indeed, 'disembodiment of voice' is another uncanny trope - the work of Tony Oursler, who projects faces onto disembodied heads, also uses 'disconnected voices' to uncanny effect...

  2. 'Return of the Invasion of the Body-Snatchers' - see below for snippets from the three remakes - and, if you have time, give them a go - the 1993 version is often overlooked...




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  4. The Autons I forgot about them, yes they are creepy (especially around christmas) and the image you have chosen is a great example of that uneasy feeling

  5. by the way I was just thinking about the weeping angels they were always a little confusing for me. I mean I was brought up in a chuch background where staues of angels were to bring peace and safety, whereas in Dr Who they did completely the opposite (that is uncanny) It makes me wonder why such a large number of the population had such concerns. What do you think? being the Dr Who expert. Why do people act diffenently? How did the writers know it would have this effect?