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Doctor Who thing of the day: the feminist approach of Doctor Her

Doctor Her

Behold Doctor Her:

a blog about all things Doctor Who, from a feminist perspective. While Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane Adventures have all been written about by feminists online, there are very few spaces where Doctor Who and feminism are the focus. This is one of those places.

A sampling of posts:

Lucy Saxon: But He Was So Good To My Father

Is Rose Tyler “fantastic” for our daughters?

The Doctor and the Subtext of Loneliness

The Doctor: a God Among Women?

And to give you a taste of what it’s all about, an excerpt from “NuWho, poverty, and class: Or, the poor women are totally screwed” by webmaster Courtney Stoker:

[A]s I watched Russell T. Davies era end, I noticed a pattern in the stories and outcomes of the poor vs. privileged companions in NuWho. And that pattern was not nice to the poor companions.

Rose lives in government-subsidized housing. She has an entry-level retail job in “Rose” (2005), and no higher education to speak of. She is stuck in a dead-end job, with a dead-end boyfriend, and not a lot of prospects for the future. Then the Doctor comes along. With his infinitely-large house, the TARDIS; his unlimited possibilities for travel and adventure; and his obliviousness about money.

That last bit always got to me. I think that the Doctor thought it was charming of him, how he never understood money. But I couldn’t find it charming at all, any more charming than I find rich people in the U.S. who say things like, “But $500,000 isn’t even that much money!” Not having to think about money is a privilege the Doctor shares with the upper class in Rose’s world. Not bothering to think about money and the effect it has on this race he claims to care so much about? That felt pretty cruel to me, as I watched him travel with a companion who was poor.

So Rose is saved from a bleak future by a Daddy Warbucks with a time machine.

Click over and enjoy a perspective on the show that isn’t explored enough.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)



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