Video: Companion Sara Kingdom from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Sara Kingdom. So now we’re thinking, what are the jobs of the women he is going to meet? They’re not all housewives. They’re not girlfriends. They can’t all be his granddaughter. So, who are these women? In this case, Sara Kingdom is a double-agent. So, we have a spy. Remember, now we’re in the late 60’s. The Cold War is going on. We think spies are very cool. We have The Avengers on English television. So, ooo, spies. A lot of chicks are spies. Really, in the real world, not that many were, but TV and the movies are our place to fantasize what we would like to be.  So, Sara is a cool character. if you notice here, this is Jean Marsh as an actress and a writer she is a very important person. She is going to invent a program called Upstairs, Downstairs. Which was the Downton Abbey of its day. It’s going to be a huge success. She’s going to star in it and write the entire set of segments. So, she’s a very important performer and writer as well as she is a pretty interesting character that we meet along the way. Now, we’ve got to get into the question, though, what makes chicks tougher is putting them into pictures with guns. I’m not a fan of that, but frankly our culture and at this point English culture to an extent, had the idea that that makes them cool. l.

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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Video: Katerina from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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After her, we come up with Katerina, who is a really interesting woman. She’s only in a short segment with The Doctor — a short few episodes, but she risks her life — sacrifices her life — to save The Doctor, because he is more important to the world. She has made that decision. Now part of that is a little “Oooo, I don’t know” but then I went, she made the decision and that’s the important thing about being a feminist person — a humanist person. She decided that he had something to give the world that needed to be allowed to continue and she was going to sacrifice. So, it’s a very much like a nice military story where one guy has to throw himself on the grenade and that sort of thing. So Katerina is pretty cool.

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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Video: Vicki as Companion from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Once she leaves, and Susan leaves, we end up with Vicki — who is quite a lovely girl, but she does a lot of screaming and she doesn’t necessarily balance that out with much else. So, we do a little dip here, where we’re not being very empowered. And she left to marry a Trojan man — because she travelled to ancient Troy…. All right, so she left to marry a guy. She didn’t go an heal the world, fix anything, she just like fell in love with a cute guy wearing a little sword and short skirt thing and that’s it. So, I’m not too excited about Vicki, but you know, we have to pay attention to her.

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.

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Video: Barbara and The Doctor from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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The Aztec episode, exactly. I love the cover with Barbara in the lovely Aztec headdress. And here, she had to learn a lesson from The Doctor about the fact that she had to allow human sacrifice to continue because that was the culture in which he had travelled and it wasn’t his business to decide that their religious practices were wrong. Because that’s not his business. It’s their business to decide how they feel about it. so, that’s a good example of what she brought to him and to the debates on the show.

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.

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Video: Barbara Wright from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Now the other, early, first partner with the Doctor is Barbara. This is a backstage scene and she is also here with the actress playing Susan. Barbara was a history teacher. Isn’t that perfect? It’s a show about… (inaudible) They’re the coolest people I know.Heavens to Betsys. Just like Clara. So, we’re seeing exactly, there’s a circle we’re going to watch happen here which is very interesting. So, Barbara — and that was the idea, that you’d need a history teacher to interpret the things that The Doctor was seeing, for the audience, but that also meant that a mature woman was traveling with him. She is a little bit of a mother figure for Susan. So she can have conversations about things with her and likewise, Barbara has the intellect  to challenge The Doctor. “You can’t behave like that! I won’t allow it. I have some power here. I know where this culture is going in history and you cannot doa thing that will mess them up.” So, she’s a very interesting balance for the Doctor. In the very beginning, we have some very — I would say — feminist females hanging out with The Doctor.

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.

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Video: Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers

Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers



Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

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Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes aseries of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I willdiscuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’strue importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought theemerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Culturalicons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choicesmade about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by theband brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

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Video More than screaming from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Now, the complaint about some of the early female characters is that they were hired — the artreses would say — hired for their ability to (Screams) scream. (Laughter) Because their job was going to stand there and go (Screams) “It’s a big scary monsters!” Right? That’s not very empowering. Not a very empowering stance to take. However, while they were busy screaming, they were also often challenging The Doctor as to what her was going and how he should behave when he crosses into new cultures. Which, of course, is something we chat about in lots of history courses and in the IGE stuff that I do, it’s all about cultures coming together. And that’s what The Doctor is doing. So usan is a really interesting character. I liked her. I was interested by her. I like what she did. She left the show to go rebuild Earth. She traveled to the Earth many times. Seen it nearly destroyed. In this last episode she was in, Dalek Invasion, she saw, of course, the Grand Daleks ruin the world and so she chose — which is a staple of feminism — choosing the thing you will do with your life. She chooses to leave her grandfather behind — go travel without me — I’ve been there, done that — I don’t need to see any more dinosaurs. I want to stay here on this place that has been ruined and I want to use my female power to heal. That’s what I want to do with the rest of my time. And I think that makes her a really very powerful character, despite the fact that in many early episodes she scream a lot.

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.

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Video: Susan, The First Companion from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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While she’s here starting Doctor Who we come to the very first companion, who is the original Doctor’s grand-daughter, Susan. Susan’s a very cool character. When they invented The Doctor and this traveling guy, they knew he would travel with people and, you know, you want balance — you want a guy and a girl — that’s just kind of, we like that look. It’s TV, they wanted a young, pretty-looking girl. So, now we’re going to have an old guy traveling though time and space with a pretty, young girl. We need to make sure that’s not some weird thing. So, she became his grand-daughter. This is part of the conversation. First, she was just going to be a partner and they went “Oh no, that won’t work. Right?” So she became his grand-daughter. Now, that’s nice because it humanizes the character. He has a grand-daughter.

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.

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Video: Verity Lambert from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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…and this is a lady that we need to pay some attention to in charge of the beginning of Doctor Who. ere name is Verity Lambert and she was a producer with the BBC and she was brought the idea of doing this historical program that would teach children about history. Isn’t that fun? It was educational. No one knew there was going to be plastic monsters and all that sort of thing. And this was a huge job for a woman in 1963. We don’t have a lot of female producers. Matter of fact, in today we don’t have a lot of female producers. So this was a huge step and she has a bit of a mark on the program. She Worked on it for several years. She helps give birth to it.

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.

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Video: Waves of Feminism from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Now feminism had waves kind of like a very good surf. The first wave was when everybody learned how to vote — how to let women vote. That was a big deal — 1920 — we’re tap dancing. We’re voting. We’re all good now. And then they went, “Ok, everything’s perfect, right? Once you can vote it’s all perfect?” And every other group learned that is not really true. It takes a little more time. You have to ask for a few more things. So, by the time we get to when Doctor Who first showed up in the early 1960’s, we’re taking about the second wave and women are now thinking, “Wait a minute. I need some equality of culture. I need to be able to do the things I would like to do and not have someone tell me I can’t have that job because only boys have that job.” No, what’s going on is the whole Women’s Liberation movement is happening right now. In a lot of countries, I’m thinking England, but also America, right, but also, Ah Hah, the biggest invention for women in a long time. Oh my god, a person could decide if they were going to get pregnant. That was a very huge step in the whole female world. It didn’t mean you had to quit having sex, because sec is s good thing. We like that. We juts didn’t always want to have a baby every 2 years. Which, if you were married or 20 years, you probably had 15 kids.

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.

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