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.
Now we have Madame Vastra and Jenny. So, we have alien, lesbian, couple. Some people would say that you can’t get much more feminist than that. Except, feminism and lesbianism are not the same thing. All right? They shouldn’t be construed as the same thing. Oh no, you don’t have to become a lesbian to be a feminist. That’s not to say that its not nice to be a lesbian. One could be if that is what one is and it’s nice that they celebrate the fact that not only is it a lesbian relationship, it’s an interspecies relationship. We’re getting very broad and open on Doctor Who. So these are all very interesting characters.
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