TPR Presentation: Homer and the Headless Monk

TPR Presentation: Homer and the Headless Monk

Ancient Greek myths, including stories told in the Iliad and the Odyssey, have been sources of inspiration and adaptation throughout the ages for works of literature, art and music. Newer media, including those on screen, are no exception. Petersen’s Troy (2004) is, perhaps, the most well-known and recognisable screen adaptation of the Iliad in the 21st century. Yet other films and television programmes, including those of science fiction, have borrowed elements of Greek myth, including from Homer, that are less obvious to modern viewers.

In this Thesis Proposal Review presentation, I discuss the subject of my research proposal— Reimaginings of Homer in Series 5–10 of New Doctor Who (the Moffat era).

This research is a study in classical reception. In my presentation I introduce the Homeric epics and Doctor Who, and outline my argument that Steven Moffat has reimagined elements of both the Iliad and the Odyssey in these series.

Date & time

Wed 20 Sep 2023, 3.15–4.15pm


AD Hope Conference Room 1.28. Reception to follow in the Classics Museum.


Fiona Manning (ANU, PhD Candidate)


Estelle Strazdins


Updated:  15 September 2023/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications