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.
After Donna, and after David, we come up to Amelia Pond in the Matt Smith years. Just as Natalie told us in the beginning. And Amelia is a question, all right, because she’s a real mess up here. She’s been in therapy for a long time. She’s never gotten her act together. When we meet her, she is functioning as a “Kiss-o-gram” — not exactly the job you hope your daughter grows up for. Granted, she is more sexually advanced. She jumps on the Doctor when she first meets him and that’s a pretty big deal. She then is able to have a proper marriage with a balanced partner who she can respect and love. She can have a male friend with whom she doesn’t also have sex. Right? So, she has taken some feminist steps in her life.
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