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.
Rose is an interesting character, so there are those that say, “Yes, she’s a feminist character” and then those that say, “eh. She’s not very smart.” So, what qualifies. She has made choices in her life and the choices, in my opinion, are what qualify. She is followed by Martha Jones. The very first companion of color, which is a very big thing for Doctor Who and also, what’s her job, before she travels? She’s an actual doctor. Which, I think is the loveliest job we have given any of The Doctor’s companions. Somebody who is equally intellectually his match. No question about it. Not only do I do test-tubey things at Cambridge, I fix bodies. And, in later episodes we’ll talk about The Doctor as a healer. So she is the ultimate healer and she’s a female and a female of color. Right? She has bucked the system that doesn’t always assist both women and people of color to attain these types of heights, if you will.
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