WOMEN IN BOXES Isn’t it time to let the Doctor’s companions out?
Dean Shelley • In 1987 critics Helen Baehr and Gillian Dyer edited a collection of original essays for their book Boxed In: Women and Television to “fill a gap” they felt existed in the field of media, communication and women’s studies regarding the representation of women on the small screen. In one essay, Dyer notes how “television is a producer of cultural meanings” and a “major force in the
production of dominant images of women”, suggesting that audiences learn from these images. The representation of women offered in the contemporary Doctor Who series (2005-present) seemingly helps to fill that gap in screen discourse. However, a focus on the various female companions reveals the limited and negative archetypes the show perpetuates.
Diegesis: CUT TO [conflict]
Diegesis CUT TO [conflict] issue 9 2015. New voices in screen criticism.