Rory Williams – Family Man from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (1:13)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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Rory Williams - Family Man from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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How can we not talk about Rory when we talk about family men. Rory being, before Danny, the most recent male to travel with The Doctor. Think about Rory. We meet him and what’s his profession? He’s a nurse. He’s not a doctor. He’s a nurse. That is gender-traditionally a female job. So we have Rory who’s a nurse. That’s a definite choice.  Right? Macho is not nurse, except maybe 20 years form now. And yet, when Amy keeps getting the chance to choose between men – ooo The Doctor or Rory — she continually chooses Rory. Who, to her, is the manliest man, because he’s dedicated to her and their family. In fact, as we know, he’s so dedicated to her, he spends 2000 years guarding the Pandorica to keep her safe. 2000 years waiting to make sure no one can harm her. You can’t get better than that and that makes him a Warrior, as well, but a Warrior for the purpose of protecting a member of his family. That’s how deeply a family man he is and I think that is so cool.  

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Mickey’s Masculine Choices from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (1:00)

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Mickey's Masculine Choices from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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When he (Mickey) made the choice to stay in the alternative universe, he didn’t choose that just because it meant that he was going to continue to fight bad aliens, which is the Warrior part of him. He chose to stay there because, in the real world his grandmother, who he lived with was already dead. In the alternative universe she was still alive and so he chose to stay there so he could continue to kno his grandmother. THAT is a family man. That is a man making a choice about what’s useful and beneficial to his family above and beyond any of the other things that masculinity would require. I think that’s adorable. It’s not like he was staying with his grandfather to manhood from him. It’s staying with his grandmother who needed somebody to take care of her and who he still needed in his life for that influence that she had. And I think that’s a really, really, beautiful part of Mickey and where he grew. 

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Mickey Smith and Martha Jones from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (0:38)

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Mickey Smith and Martha Jones from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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When I think about Mickey Smith and I want to think about masculinity, he suits a lot of little places. A lot of these definitions. You would think we can talk about him as a warrior, because, in fact, he did become one. He’s probably the man who grew the most in his knowledge and his time with The Doctor. He went from a little puppy dog boyfriend of Rose who was dumb and she wasn’t liking him any more. Then he found his way to being a hero in his own life and so much so that, of course, as we know, he ended up marrying Martha (Jones) who is really a very, very powerful female character I believe. 

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The Doctor As Family Man from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (0:51)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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The Doctor As Family Man from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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This leads me to the family men which I think is the most defining characteristic and I’d almost say in the new Who, but I’m going to show you how it affected the old Who as well. But they’re in this period, all referencing that. Now we go back to the old Who because it started with a father — a grandfather figure. Right? so we were given a family man to begin with to want to follow through time. His granddaughter, Susan, who is his first companion. So we had him, then we didn’t really talk about The Doctor’s family for a long time, until? Any guesses? (Pause) The Doctor’s Daughter! Finally we got to a daughter. That’s very interesting. Now we know she’s a clone thing and bah blah so it’s not really liked he was married and had a kid yet…

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Captain Jack and Danny Pink from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (1:00)

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Captain Jack and Danny Pink from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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But I think this is a huge step and, of course, or you may know, if you don’t know, they spun Jack off into his own show, Torchwood, which I found a wonderful show. I’ve got a chapter ina book on Torchwood right here.

And he’s also shows us a man who can deal with a powerful woman. And that’s Gwen in this series is his equal in terms of carry the gun, take the down the bad guy, has all of that stuff. There’s no “better than you” argument. They’re very equal and their both capable of that which makes for a really, really interesting series. So Jack, I think, gives us a few things. He’s a warrior, but then he’s this new person we’re going to accept in our society which wouldn’t have happened in the 1960’s or 70’s. So Jack’s a pretty important guy.

Hey, in our most recent make companion we have Danny Pink. Also a warrior. Also affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from our most recent war. So he’s living with that on a daily basis while he tries to take care of Clara and see where he can go in his life. So I think he’s a really cool character.

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Captain Jack and Modern Masculinity from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (0:48)

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Captain Jack and Modern Masculinity from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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Before we knew that John Hurt existed, we knew Eccelston the Warrior Doctor. He was really someone who was left with the trauma of having made that decision. We didn’t know that a different version of him had made it. So, he defined himself as well as a Warrior and then we have our beloved David — at least, my beloved David — who is, I would say, is a representation of both the Warrior and the Lone Wolf, but I’m going to add, he’s got Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, much more than Eccelston revels it. He’s really talking about how bad he feels about what happened and I think that’s what endeared him to so many people — his ability to share his emotions. Which, I think, is one of the definitions, if we go back to Empathy, that defines a modern “Man” and I think that’s why he captured so many people as quite a favorite Doctor in this period. 

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PTSD and Warriors from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (1:12)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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PTSD and Warriors from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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Before we knew that John Hurt existed, we knew Eccelston the Warrior Doctor. He was really someone who was left with the trauma of having made that decision. We didn’t know that a different version of him had made it. So, he defined himself as well as a Warrior and then we have our beloved David — at least, my beloved David — who is, I would say, is a representation of both the Warrior and the Lone Wolf, but I’m going to add, he’s got Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, much more than Eccelston revels it. He’s really talking about how bad he feels about what happened and I think that’s what endeared him to so many people — his ability to share his emotions. Which, I think, is one of the definitions, if we go back to Empathy, that defines a modern “Man” and I think that’s why he captured so many people as quite a favorite Doctor in this period. 

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More Warrior Doctors from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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More Warrior Doctors from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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Before we knew that John Hurt existed, we knew Eccelston the Warrior Doctor. He was really someone who was left with the trauma of having made that decision. We didn’t know that a different version of him had made it. So, he defined himself as well as a Warrior and then we have our beloved David — at least, my beloved David — who is, I would say, is a representation of both the Warrior and the Lone Wolf, but I’m going to add, he’s got Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, much more than Eccelston revels it. He’s really talking about how bad he feels about what happened and I think that’s what endeared him to so many people — his ability to share his emotions. Which, I think, is one of the definitions, if we go back to Empathy, that defines a modern “Man” and I think that’s why he captured so many people as quite a favorite Doctor in this period. 

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Why not Famous Female SF&F Writers for Doctor Who? from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse [Video Clip] (0:45)

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Why not Famous Female SF&F Writers for Doctor Who? from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse

 

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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.

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…And that speaks to a lot of what is going on, because in this time period, think about all the famous women science fiction writers — and it’s a big deal that Moffat went and got Neil Gaiman to do the show and everyone was “Ooo, Neil Gaiman wrote and episode.” In the time the show’s been on the air Octavia Butler was alive — not anymore but she was, right? Ursula Le Guin was alive. There are lots of female science fiction writers out there that they could have picked, but they never did. They picked 5 women out of about 807 episodes. So, I don’t think it takes women to write cool women, but, then again, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I wasn’t thinking about that. But to me that’s the story of feminism on Doctor Who.

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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Warrior Doctors from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip (1 min)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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Warrior Doctors from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

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Gee whiz. In “Day of the Doctor” he named himself the warrior doctor. He literally says it out loud. So, this is his definition because he is the person in that Time War that had to make the big choice of destroying the world. Essentially he’s Truman deciding whether or not to drop the atomic bomb, but in this case, it’s going to destroy not just Japan but but America, too and he has to decide to do that in order to make sure the bad guys don’t win. That’a huge job. We ask men to be warriors and that means they are going to go out in the world we ask them to kill for us and that is a huge responsibility to put on someone. So, I think it’s really interesting that that’s reflected in this later batch of Doctors. Imagine, we’re dealing in a world where we’ve been at war for the last eight years. Right? So, we’ve been more involved in war than we had been in the 60’s and 70’s. I have to say, it was impressive we got John Hurt. I just had to flip over her to Derrick Jacobi for a minute, because this shows us the power of new Who. These are huge names to do a television program. So, I just love that. If you haven’t seen him as The Master, you must because he is marvelous and if you havne’t seen I, Claudius, you must, because he’s marvelous. 

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