Who is the Manliest Man on Doctor Who? from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video] (1:30)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

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Who is the Manliest Man on Doctor Who? from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

Transcript:

That leaves me with wondering, of all The Doctors who is the manliest man? I think it’s an interesting thing to ponder. We’re critically thinking about our media and what messages is our media sending us. Who do we bond with? Who do we think’s the best? I’ll tell you. None of them. Why can’t any of them be the manliest man? They aren’t men. They’re aren’t human. They’re Timelords. None of them can be the manliest man. All right. They’re all Timelords. However, I’m very interested in the actual men who have appeared on the show. So from that group. who do we think defines masculinity in the modern world best?

Student: “Is it Rory?

Ooo, why?

Student: “Because he’s a family man”

He does it all! He’s a family man, but he’s also a warrior and a protector and he’s a good dad to both the baby and to the grownup River, who he didn’t get a chance to know. Imagine – that’s like an adoption story, where you meet your child when they’re a grownup and how do you make a relationship with someone who you didn’t share any time with. You’ve got to start from scratch and that’s exactly what he has to do with River Song. It’s a very modern story. In the days before, when you never opened adoption paperwork and you couldn’t know that. So, I think that Rory is a very modern guy. And a very manly man. He was good pirate, too. When he had to be.

A clip from this 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

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