31 Adric from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:38)

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

31 Adric from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:38)

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!


We also had this young gentleman who was in both the Baker and the Davison Era who was Adric, who was a math genius and he was a young kid so he had more access to his emotions. We don’t let young boys have their emotions. We tell them not to cry. That’s stupid. Humans cry. There’s no such thing as not cryng, right, but we do that. So, it was nice to have Adric as an example back in the day. And until I was putting this together I never had read that fun fact. That’s where they got his name from — an actual Nobel-winning guy. I thought it was pretty cool. I love that — again — writers playing and giving us more information. I just learned something a guy I had never heard of, right? A little research.

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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.

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