Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.
Now, when Hartnell left the program, as we all know, through the lovely act of regeneration, we move over to Patrick Troughton and in his world his first, new, female, companion is Polly, who gee, has a Cockney accent, so we’re building in the later characters, but also they define her as “kooky”, even though — and here’s the funny thing. She can’t herself be a computer genius. She can be the assistant to one. So, a woman, you know, that’s as close as she gets to being in a cool job. You get the coffee for the guy who’s the computer genius.
Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.
This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.
- Doctor Who and Culture
- Doctor Who Regenerated
- “How the Growing Popularity of the English Who-niverse Effected American TV” with Dr. Rosanne Welch