How Doctor Who could change the way women are portrayed in sci-fi

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Doctor Who’s season 11 premiere will mark the first time in the show’s 55-year history that the Doctor character will be played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker. This move adds Doctor Who to an influx of sci-fi and fantasy franchises that have already put women at the helm. But this new woman Doctor is expected to have a trait that many of those other heroines don’t have: a sense of humor.

Subject

Gender representation in science fiction and television.

Period5 Oct 2018

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  • TitleDoctor Who’s season 11 premiere will mark the first time in the show’s 55-year history that the Doctor character will be played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker. This move adds Doctor Who to an influx of sci-fi and fantasy franchises that have already put women at the helm. But this new woman Doctor is expected to have a trait that many of those other heroines don’t have: a sense of humor.
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletVox
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size5 minutes 41 seconds
    CountryUnited States
    Date5/10/18
    Producer/Author Danush Parvaneh
    URLhttps://www.vox.com/videos/2018/10/5/17937434/doctor-who-women-in-sci-fi
    PersonsLorna Jowett

Keywords

  • Doctor Who
  • science fiction
  • gender representation
  • television
  • female heroes