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 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.
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