Doctor Who as myth

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If you live in the UK and are a fan of Science Fiction, then the chances are you will know that a new series of Doctor Who starts tonight. The Doctor is one of a remarkably small set of characters from modern fiction, and perhaps the only one originating on TV, who will surely take their place in the mythic pantheon alongside Ulysses, Beowulf, King Arthur and Robin Hood, endlessly being remade and recreated for new audiences.

Who else falls into this category from the modern era? Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein and his monster, Dracula almost certainly, the Western genre in general, and especially characters like Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Davy Crockett. Later we have Superman and Batman, but since then who? I would argue for the Doctor, but who else? Star Trek perhaps?

Lets have your nominations in the comments.

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