36 Craig Owens from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:57)

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

36 Craig Owens from Gender Diversity in the Who-niverse [Video] (0:57)

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!


Then we have James Corden. Who doesn’t love James Corden right? When you’re bored some time you have to look at his Broadway his Tony Award Show opening. He’s wonderful and he’s all about inspiration and his character here is this goofy nutty dad who is just kind of a loser in many ways. He’s… he’s Stormageddons dad. Is that not just too cute for you, cuz cuz of course babies can talk to The Doctor and his name is Alfie but he tells The Doctor his name is Stormageddon and The Doctor tells his dad that. He as well kidnapped…. these Cybermen ruin everything don’t they. They just show up all the time but in this case he’s he’s about to be transformed into a Cyberman and hearing the baby cry draws the sensitivity in him to fight the Cyberman influence and break free. His dad-hood is what saves him. Not any other masculineness… Here’s my big gun. No I got all these big… The fact that he loves his child is the thing that saves his life. I think that’s so cool. I like that.

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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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