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.
River Song comes along and, there’s always a question does she count as a companion or not. I think she does. She travled in the TARDIS. She is, pretty much, one of the more kick ass women you are likely to meet. However, much of her power comes from the gun. The fact that she is the one who will always cary a gun. We also know that she gives up her regenerations to save the life of The Doctor, so again, she is taking that sacrifice. Making some pretty good choices, bu that gun really bugs me. I don’t like the fact that we judge her power by that and not by the rest of her persona.
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