Video: An Introduction – Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch ( 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.


Well, it’s lovely to see all of you folks here to talk about The Doctor and this particular aspect. We’ve done this a couple times. We’ve talked about culture. We’ve talked about race on Doctor Who. Today, we’re talking about the “F” Word, but not the four letter one, but some people treat it that way. So we need to think about that. We need to think about what messages we get from the television that we watch and the films that we watch. In this case, it’s Doctor Who. Something I happen to adore and have adored for a long time. If you notice on the back table there, I’ve got books that date back to the 1970’s. Because you used to be able to watch this program on PBS like 4 years after it aired in England, because that was before everyone got very cool with how things are done, right? Now, you can watch it the day that its aired and, if course, when they did the 50th Anniversary Special, you could watch it the moment — the very time — it was aired. So it has really been something that’s spread across this cultural divide we used to have with England and so today I want to focus on the concept of the women who’ve travelled with The Doctor and what they tell us about feminism across the years that this program has been on the air.

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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