I have been a bit quiet here lately, and part of this is due to the start of the new academic term. The other part, however, is due that I was working on my pre-1989 Doctor Who Bechdel Test results…
Not-so-quietly mentioning whovianfeminism here because I mentioned her in the blog post and think she could find it interesting.
All constructive criticism welcome!
I would like every single person to stand and applaud Ilse, for she has done the impossible and applied the Bechdel test to every single pre-1989 Classic Who serial.
Bravo, Ilse, you have my eternal respect.
I could spend days poring over this. Could you maybe email me a file of what your breakdown per serial was?
Off the top of my head I can guess at why the scores for some companions are so high. Ace tends to have a female friend in nearly every serial I can think of, and she usually gets a fairly fleshed out relationship with them, so that explains why her scores are so high. Susan and Barbara also make sense too, since they were part of the original Team TARDIS and were together so often. Same with Nyssa and Tegan; their friendship is just so wonderful to watch. It doesn’t surprise me that Liz and Jo’s scores are so low either. Thinking back on it, their serials are very male-dominated. That could be because those were some of the big UNIT years.
Dude, this could be an amazing foundation for a paper about the role of the companion and the representation of her life and relationships outside of the Doctor. Maybe a topic for next year’s Doctor Who symposium, Ilse?
Seriously, this is amazing.
Yay, a Tennant gif!
No problem, I’ll email you my file. I’m thinking of putting a cleaned-up version online too at some point in the near future.
Your explanations are spot-on. I’ve also covered the Eighth Doctor in my file but not my post, because he/they doesn’t have a companion in either of his/their televised things - and in any way those don’t pass.
I’ll definitely consider doing a paper about it for the next Symposium (we need to get Danny to organise that!)! - actually, want to collaborate on that? You’ve got all the background in feminist theory, after all…
Thanks for your compliments and reblog, it was a fabulous thing to wake up to :)
We should totally collaborate on a paper!
OH! Can we call it “A TARDIS of One’s Own,” as a play on “A Room of One’s Own,” which originally inspired the Bechdel Test?!
(Maybe I shouldn’t be in charge of naming the paper. I’m going to do nothing but try to think of puns.)
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