02 How Did We Get To A Woman As The Doctor? from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:47)

Watch this entire presentation: Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse: Paving the Way for a Lady Doctor with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (36:58)

02 How Did We Get To A Woman As The Doctor? from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse

For her 5th Doctor Who lecture to the CPP community, Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses how society – and the show’s writing staff – prepared the audience for a major change in this 50-year franchise – the creation of the first Lady Doctor!


So this is really what allowed the show to make this change. Which is the big, radical, crazy, progressive change which is to have a lady Doctor. That is a big thing that has been in discussion for a little bit so we’re going to kind of trace that to see how males and females have been portrayed across time in the show and then just kind of wrap it out with what Jody represents and where they might take that character. Right? So, hopefully, we’ll all enjoy ourselves. Are we ready? Are we ready? Alright. So we’re talking about this and I couldn’t resist this when I saw it online because we’re thankful;y in a generation where you all are much less wrapped up in these old stereotypes and that’s a beautiful thing. I can’t say as much for my generation. So, I’m happy to see that in yours. So we’re going to see what are some of these things over the years.

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Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch teaches the History of Screenwriting and One-Hour Drama for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting.

Writing/producing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. In 2016 she published the book Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop; co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia; and placed “Transmitting Culture Transnationally Via the Characterization of Parents in Police Procedurals” in the New Review of Film and Television Studies. Essays appear in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television and Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

Watch Dr. Welch’s talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP.

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