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 now we have Russell Davies writing — and writers are very important. We’re going to talk about the writers in a little bit. He brings us the very first episode, of the very first reincarnation of The Doctor. the episode itself is titled “Rose.” It is entirely focused on getting to know this woman — who is not intellectually his match. She’s note well educated. She’s a “shop girl” which is not a great job to have in the world. However, she has — just like in the Disney movie Aladdin, she’s “A Diamond in the Rough.” She has what it takes, but poverty has kept her from obtaining her goals. So this chance to travel with this strange alien dude is a thing she takes. She’s willing to take risks in life and she makes a choice to better her life by attending this trip 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.
- Doctor Who and Culture
- Doctor Who Regenerated
- “How the Growing Popularity of the English Who-niverse Effected American TV” with Dr. Rosanne Welch