Stephen Grosz Book Inspired by Doctor Who

Author Stephen Grosz, whose The Examined Life was one of the best-selling non-fiction books of 2013, is using Doctor Who as an inspiration of sorts for his next book.  (And no, he’s not suddenly jumping into the science-fiction fantasy arena!)  The American psychoanalyst, who lives and works in the UK, has written a new book – also non-fiction – called Seven Obstacles of Love, which was partly inspired by his young daughter’s love of the Doctor, in particular, Matt Smith…

You see, she’s none-too-happy with the newer, older Doctor who is taking his place:

“I was very glad that he (Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi) was taking over the role but my daughter was upset. I realised that she had a crush on the last Doctor Who, Matt Smith, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, she is having feelings. I’m going to have to write this down.’”

When he saw that his 11-year old daughter felt this way, he realized this was an opportunity to explore people’s feelings toward others.  In particular, how people directly relate to others, including “attachment, intimacy and what makes people lovable”.

As Doctor Who fans, we are all used to change.  It’s easy to forget that younger and newer fans may not be.  And for some young fans, a change from a flappy-handed Mr. Smith to a possibly quite grumpy Mr. Capaldi might be scary enough for them not to like the new Doctor, and possibly even not to continue to watch the show.  But, as we all know, change will happen again; it’s just a matter of time.

Kasterborites, do you think your therapist would say that you have an attachment – healthy, or otherwise – to any certain Doctor Who character?  And would it do any good to seek treatment?

(Thanks to The Independent.)


Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

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