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.
…and this particular episode is a really lovely look at a feminist idea. She has spent some time after she lost track of The Doctor for a little period there. She;s been a little upset about that. She re-encounters him in his other regeneration. What’s sweet about this and important is that she come to realize, waiting for a man was not the way to spend her life. That she has other things to do. And her life, now that she has missed starting a relationship with the person. He makes the comment about “she can tell her grandchildren about her adventures” and she says “Oh, I think they’ll be someone else’s grandchildren,” because she has lost that chance. That’s because she’s been so focused on one man, she didn’t find another one when that one left. And this experience in this episode makes her realize “I’m in charge of my life. I need to go do what’s good for me and move on.” And so, in fact, she does. She moves on to her own program! .
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