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The Doctor,The Eye Doctor and Me: Analogies and Parallels Between The World of Doctor Who and the Syrian Conflict

The Doctor,The Eye Doctor and Me: Analogies and Parallels Between The World of Doctor Who and the Syrian Conflict [Kindle Edition]

Aboud Dandachi
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"Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in" - The Doctor's Promise

"Assad or we burn the country" - The Eye Doctor's Promise

The Doctor, the lead character in the BBC’s phenomenally successful TV show “Doctor Who”; a time-traveling alien hundreds of years old. A compassionate person with the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of the ages.

The Eye Doctor, Bashar Assad of Syria, whose ophthalmology studies in the UK were interrupted to enable him to inherit the presidency of a country from his father.

"The Doctor, the Eye Doctor and Me" is the world of Doctor Who and the Syrian conflict as seen through the eyes of Aboud Dandachi, an activist and refugee from the city of Homs. The book attempts to explain the events of the Syrian conflict by exploring the remarkable analogies, parallels and contrasts between the war and the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor. Among the thirteen episodes the book draws on include;

The Impossible Astronaut/The Day of the Moon, the day the Doctor fought his own revolution.

The Doctor's Wife, the day the Doctor lost his home and himself became a displaced person.

A Good Man Goes to War, as opposed to how a "bad man" implements "reforms".

Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, when the Doctor proved truly capable of Machiavellian manipulations that would put dictators to shame.

Asylum of the Daleks, and the narratives individuals create and live by in order to endure the burdens of war.

The Night of the Doctor, what happens when both sides in a conflict become as bad as the other.

The Time of the Doctor, the most important factor and lesson in war, any war, as exemplified by the Doctor's hundreds year battle to protect one town from the combined forces of the universe.

The book also examines the contrasting languages used by the Doctor and the Eye Doctor, and how the year 2013 was a milestone for both Doctor Who and Syria's political history.

Written by Aboud Dandachi, a Syrian activist who over the course of the war would live in both opposition and loyalist areas, and witness first hand the effects of the conflict on both communities, "The Doctor, the Eye Doctor and Me" is a unique interpretation of Doctor Who as it marked its fiftieth anniversary, and a first-hand account of the most devastating period in Syria's modern history.

It is both the story of one person's journey through the different stages of the Syrian conflict, and the lessons and insights into the meaning of the events of that journey as gleaned from parallels and analogies with one of the century's most remarkable cultural achievements.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 871 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aboud Dandachi; First edition (17 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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A native of the Syrian city of Homs, Aboud Dandachi turned to activism in the aftermath of the regime's brutal suppression of a massive sit-in at the city's New Clock Square in April 2011. He was one of the first individuals from within Homs to give media interviews to English language news services regarding events in Homs. Over the next year he would provide numerous live reports and interviews to assorted BBC World Service programs.

Having survived the regime's tank and artillery assault on his neighborhood of Inshaat in February 2012, Aboud moved to the coastal town of Tartous, where he witnessed firsthand the tragic costs and effects of the war on loyalist communities. In the aftermath of the regime's chemical weapons attack on two Damascus suburbs in August 2013, Aboud finally left Syria, arriving in Istanbul in September.

Aboud is the author of the blog "From Homs to Istanbul", available at . "The Doctor, the Eye Doctor and Me" is his first book.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 28 Mar 2014
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A unique view on Matt Smith's time as the Doctor, and a heartbreaking tale of political activism which turned out to be ineffective. Perhaps the closest comparison I can think of is Paul Magrs The Diary of a Doctor Who Addict. it is another example of the sort of writing DW is generating these days - stuff which shows how intimately some of us have entwined the programme with the most important parts of our lives. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personal view 2 April 2014
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While watching Doctor Who Dandachi reflects on the Syrian revolution, the transformation of it into a war and the dark place the country had reached. Among his reflection, he speaks a little about Syria's history providing some essential information to the understanding why the Syrian people revolted in 2011. He chose a feature common in British and Syrians have to talk about politics, sarcasm.
Aboud chose the spoken language to express his reflection and thoughts in stead of a fancy intellectual language that could bore the reader sometimes. Although his spoken tone gets a bit too much sometimes! Yet it would indeed communicate the Syrian civilian voice. It's in a way like a comparison between writing Arabic in the "Aamieh" spoken dialect rather than the "Fuseha" standard Arabic. It's just warmer and closer to reality in many ways and at numerous occasions.
Reading his blog styled book is like listening to a Syrian fellow talking about what happened from the beginning until now. He describes the Assad regime and the Assad's character very precisely and sheds the light on the bravery of the peaceful demonstrators while criticizing many of political oppositions ways and stands. He used different character of the British famous TV show Doctor who to draw his images. As the book preface suggests, it does draw analogies and parallels between the imaginable world of Doctor who and the dreadful reality of Doctor Assad or as Aboud refers to him, The Eye Doctor.
I have never watched Doctor Who and after reading the book I still don't feel intrigued to read it, not because Aboud has set very high expectations for it or has compelled me to watch it. But because after reading the book it will be very difficult not to reflect in the same manner as Dandachi did.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The title egoism says it all... 24 Aug 2014
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Poor Aboud is a fairly psychotic denizen of Twitter - a cousin is famed for beheading several Syrian soldiers before being sent to hells gates himself. The story is interesting of how the Drs changing fortunes mirrored Abouds in war torn Syria. Substance is weak, although it has the potential if he decides to really expand on his ideas of Dr Who and how he relates to Syrias tragedy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blured lines 14 April 2014
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This book was very good, it tells the story of Matt Smith's doctor comparing the story's and details to the problems in Syria, the author balances the details well with who enough information on doctor who and enough to gain an understanding of the Syrian conflict
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two doctors 13 Mar 2014
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I devoured this (admittedly short) book in one all too brief sitting. The events described in Syria are heart-breaking, depressing and any other adjective along these lines one would care to use. And the world does nothing. It seems to me that Syria's best hope for the future may be with the likes of Aboud Dandachi and his generation, with those who can see clearly that the Emperor in Damascus has no clothes whatsoever. The parallels with Doctor Who are genius and, amazingly, despite the appalling subject matter in Syria, almost laugh out loud funny. This book deserves the widest possible audience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Achievement in Conflict Journalism and Political Science 11 Mar 2014
By James S. Oppenheim - Published on
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Readers will find Aboud Dandachi's book a remarkable achievement in journalism and political science delivered with wry humor and insight throughout. For any who may have wondered how the meltdown of Syria's dictatorship into an ugly and unbridled civil war could have become so awful, so inhuman, so beyond worst nightmares, Dandachi lays out the moving parts, including the contemporary and historic sources of Bashar al-Assad's rationale for meeting the raising of a few reasonable "Arab Spring" questions with murderous brutality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, unique insight on being a Doctor Who fan and living in Syria 9 July 2014
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I read this clear and inspired book in one day. In an essay-like format, the writer shares his experience of being a new Doctor Who fan and life in Syria while maintaining his sense of humor and irony. I have watched many of the Doctor Who episodes that he comments on and gained a deeper understanding through his discussions.

This is first e-book I have selected for my Kindle despite having owned the reader for about four years. I had only used it for the two pre-loaded dictionaries in the past. I have gained a great appreciation for my Kindle's ability to provide me with books I never knew existed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Jun 2014
By Amanda Underwood - Published on
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I just loved how the authour compared and contrasted between Doctor Who and the "Eye Doctor". Usually, i read books that tend to be formally written, but just like one of my favourite authours, Augusten Burroughs, this authour has twisted the rules of writing in a way that works all too well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Struggle for Syria from a Homsi's point of view 20 Mar 2014
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Aboud Dandachi, exile from Homs, the capital of the Syrian revolution, has written an astoundingly readable overview of his nation's struggle for freedom, dignity and justice. While Syrians fight a fascist state, the reality for most people in the country is much like Aboud's story of his flight from his home next to the destroyed rebel neighborhood of Baba Amr; in constant danger, wondering whether to flee or stay or fight, trying to make sense of the quest for social justice which provoked a brutal campaign of repression.

As Aboud fled from Homs and then to the safer, but regime-held, city of Latakia, he compulsively downloads more episodes of his favorite show, and uses the universe of Doctor Who to explain and express the Syrian revolution's twists and turns, its' merits and failures, the impossibly hard choices facing Syria's revolutionaries, and the simple, bloodthirsty, boundlessly cruel but terrifyingly effective rationale of the Assad regime.

While the Syrian people demand "freedom, dignity, and justice,' the military junta/fascist family mafia of the Assads declares, "Assad or we burn the country." When the people defy rockets and bombs and "remain unbowed", Assad subjects them to medieval-type sieges and cuts off their food supply, promising that they will "Kneel, or Starve."

The world has kept its "hands off" Syria for three years, to the direct benefit of al Qaeda and the Assad regime, both. How much longer will humanity remain neutral in a fight for human freedom? Aboud makes a clear case for the legitimacy and value of the Syrian revolution. After reading works like this, all thinking people should conclude that the world must, as an ethical imperative, support the Syrian revolution for freedom and dignity, and work tirelessly toward the end of the Assad family's horrific rule over a nation of fine, decent people.
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