How does science fiction television shape fans' relationships to science? Results from a survey of 575 'Doctor Who' viewers

Lindy Orthia
2019 JCOM: Journal of Science Communication  
Fiction is often credited with shaping public attitudes to science, but little science communication research has studied fans' deep engagement with a science-themed fiction text. This study used a survey to investigate the impacts of television series 'Doctor Who' (1963–89; 2005–present) on its viewers' attitudes to science, including their education and career choices and ideas about science ethics and the science-society relationship. The program's reported impacts ranged from causing
more » ... from causing participants to fact-check 'Doctor Who"s science to inspiring them to pursue a science career, or, more commonly, prompting viewers to think broadly and deeply about science's social position in diverse ways.
doi:10.22323/2.18040208 fatcat:thhgdygvjretll5ouv7a3zwzlm