UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland lecturer Marcus Harmes doesn't remember a time he wasn't watching the sci-fi cult television program Doctor Who.

"I love Doctor Who. I'm obsessed," the 32-year-old said.

In fact, he's so obsessed with the alien time lord with two hearts that he decided to pen a book: Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation, Fifty Years of Storytelling.

The book, published this month, explores how the 50-year-old program's producers and scriptwriters have drawn on a "dizzying array" of literary sources, some thousands of years old, and adapted them to create memorable episodes.

Dr Harmes said writers of the show drew on anything and everything they could get their hands on and the show was influenced by Homer, classic literature, westerns, the novels of Agatha Christie, Phantom of the Opera, horror stories, English literature, science fiction and more.

"Even the most current episodes are still adapting," he said.

"There was an episode with Matt Smith inspired by westerns."

Dr Harmes said he had a great time researching (which included watching a lot of Doctor Who and reading and talking about it) and writing the book and was considering coming back after future episodes and revising it to include them.

He is also researching influences of Viking mythology in the series.

The book retails for $75.

QUICK QUIZ

Favourite Doctor?

My first Doctor was Sylvester McCoy, but my favourite is Jon Pertwee.

Favourite episode?

I love the original episode in 1963.


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