Law, the Digital and Time: The Legal Emblems of Doctor Who
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This article is about time. It is about time, or more precisely, about the absence of time in law’s digital future. It is also about time travelling and the seemingly ever-popular BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. Further, it is about law’s timefullness; about law’s pictorial past and the ‘visual baroque’ of its chronological fused future. Ultimately, it is about a time paradox of seeing time run to a time when time runs ‘No More!’ This ‘timey-wimey’ article is in three parts. The first part looks to a hazy remembered past of the legal emblem tradition as presented in Peter Goodrich’s Legal Emblems and the Art of Law to learn visual literacy and also to glimpse the essential elements of modern legality with authority, decision and violence. The second part maps how these images and icons of modern legality are manifest in the Doctor Who fiftieth year anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ The third stage looks beyond these first order meanings to understand the chronological chaos of ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ The technicity of the image as a portal through time and space that the narrative revolves around charts the implications for the digital end of time for law.
International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
© 2017 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, 30(3), 515-532, 2017. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique is available online at: http://link.springer.com// with the open URL of your article.
Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation