27 River Song from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:33)

Watch this entire presentation: Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse: Paving the Way for a Lady Doctor with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (36:58)

River Song from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:33)

For her 5th Doctor Who lecture to the CPP community, Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses how society – and the show’s writing staff – prepared the audience for a major change in this 50-year franchise – the creation of the first Lady Doctor!


River Song is, of course, an invention of Steven Moffat. Right? and she’s super strong. She died twice — well, she dies once completely to help save The Doctor and the second time she gives all her regeneration power to Matt Smith’s Doctor, so he won’t die. Literally sacrifices her own chance to regenerate ten more times so that he won’t die. You can’t get much stronger than that. That is coming to Prince Charmings rescue. That’s the Princess coming to the rescue of the guy. I mean that’s huge and that’s written by Steven Moffat. So I think that’s worth noting.

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter and Instagram


Rosanne Welch, PhD

Rosanne Welch PhD teaches the History of Screenwriting and One-Hour Drama for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting.

Writing/producing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. In 2016 she published the book Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop; co-edited Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia; and placed “Transmitting Culture Transnationally Via the Characterization of Parents in Police Procedurals” in the New Review of Film and Television Studies. Essays appear in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television and Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

Watch Dr. Welch’s talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.