Watch this entire presentation: Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse: Paving the Way for a Lady Doctor with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (36:58)
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!
Then she has to deal with finding out that her baby gets stolen. I mean that’s a long, epic adventure for poor Amy. It’s a lot to put one woman through. At the very end, though, I think the coolest thing in the world is — as much as people wanted to try to say she was going to fall for The Doctor — she and Rory were the first married couple to travel with The Doctor and to leave your husband for another guy would have been cheesy of her and she didn’t think of her Doctor friend in that way. She never stopped loving her husband. Spoiler alert, if you haven’t seen this. At the end of their time with The Doctor we lose Rory to the Weeping Angels who were a cool invention of Steven Moffat and when she finds out that all she has to do is allow herself to be taken by them as well and she’ll end up in the past with him, she gives up her adventuring, exciting life with The Doctor to go with her husband because that’s who she loves and she was going to take that chance and that’s hugely strong. Really, really, hugely strong, I think.
Rosanne Welch, PhD
Rosanne Welch PhD 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.