General Look At Diversity In Doctor Who

I recently wrote a paper on how racial diversity is used and displayed throughout the first three seasons of the New Who Series.  Looking at this was very interesting and I learned a lot.  I looked at the history of race in the UK along with the current state of race issues in the UK.  This gave me a basis of why Doctor who lacks in racial diversity at times.  Throughout this blog post I want to talk about other forms of diversity I found while watching more Doctor Who episodes for class.  I found a good amount of gender diversity while watching Doctor Who.  The Doctor is a male and the companions is typically a female, but other jobs that are present in the show do not seem to have gender specific roles.  You see males in roles that are typically seen as female jobs and you have females who are in what we would typically consider masculine roles.  This is something that I like about the show because it is different than a lot of other shows on television.  Through the recent episodes I saw which were the eleventh and twelfth doctor, there was a lot more racial diversity than what was there in the start of the new who.  You saw many different ethnic groups.  In the first few seasons of the new who it seemed that the only racial diversity was a black male here or there.  Now it seems that there are several different ethnicities present in Doctor Who.  There were some points in the show where I noticed stereotypical ethnic jobs.  There were a couple scenes where the real-life doctor would be someone of the Asian or Indian heritage which to me seemed stereotypical.  We have discussed that the goal of this show is not to display diversity, but it makes the show more enjoyable that they do.  In our society, today we expect to see diversity and when we do not see diversity it is weird.  It was completely opposite of this a long time ago.  I have enjoyed watching and interpreting the plot of Doctor Who and the diversity that exists in the show.  I have now become more aware of diversity throughout the media which is something that is important to me now.  I hope to continue to interpret other shows that I see along with other pieces of the media in the future.

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Diversity in Doctor Who

I will be looking at an episode that we watched a while ago titled “World War Three.”  This episode I noticed a lot of diversity that I wasn’t used to seeing within the previous episodes.  The type of diversity I noticed in this episode was racial diversity in a good way.  Sometimes Doctor Who episodes try and display racial diversity and they do a bad job of displaying it.  It then is looked at negatively by the viewers; even if their intentions were not negative.  Usually in these episodes the white man and sometimes the white girl will be the one to save the day.  This episode was different than that.  This time Mickey who is black, had a huge role in saving the day.  He not only saved the main characters but also saved everyone on the planet.  I thought this was cool to see because it wasn’t something the show Doctor Who was used to doing.  I also feel like this was a big stepping stone for this show.  It showed people that it wasn’t like the classic who anymore.  The Classic Who had no racial diversity and when they did try and have racial diversity it comes off as racist to us now.  I believe the point of having Mickey save the planet in this episode was to show everyone that the new who was a different show in a way.  Like I said, the Classic Who lacked racial diversity, but that was how the culture was in the days classic who was made.  New who is made in a much different time and it should be expected to have some racial diversity.  The show still lacks racial diversity of course, but this was a big step for the show in my opinion.  Like we have talked about in class, it would be nice to see a Doctor Who isn’t a white male.  There will be a female doctor next which is a step in the right direction.  Next, it would be nice to see a person of color become to doctor.  If/when this happens, it will be interesting to see the numbers of viewers change.  This will give us a good idea of how the world still has a problem accepting racial diversity.  Hopefully we wouldn’t see any decrease in viewers, but that more than likely wouldn’t be the case.  I believe this is the reason why no person of color has been the doctor yet, because of fear of major loss of viewers.

 

The Definition of Diversity

plural

diversities

  1. 1:  the condition of having or being composed of differing elements :variety; especially:  the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization programs intended to promote diversity in schools

  2. 2:  an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities :  an instance of being diversea diversity of opinion

The first day of class it was made very apparent that diversity was the topic of choice for each discussion related to Doctor Who. As the semester has progressed, the meaning of diversity has evolved into something more than just a word for me. I now am able to pick up on diverse aspects everyday, whether this be through people I meet, the places I go or even the food I eat in the Mensa. I think it is so important to understand the relevance of how diversity changes and impacts our lives. To me, diversity allows me to see how others and other things can impact my life positively and negatively. Without differences in people and places, everything would be the same. Growth would not be something we would be capable of. Without putting ourselves in new situations and experiences with things and others we do not know, we can’t become more than who we are in this moment. The Doctor is constantly experiences diverse aspects of life and history itself. For him, it is completely natural to constantly be faced with change. I can’t imagine what he would be like without that continuous change. Each episode, you are able to see where diversity is allocated and the reasons why. Applying that to my life, I am able to see what parts of each day I can thank for the existence of diversity.

Television Diversity

As the last blog stated how diversity is a factor in this world in many ways. First blog I related it to track and field, but for this blog I would like to relate it to what is aired on TV.

Typical night you get home from work, you make some diner and then want to relax. Most of that time that includes watching TV. But what all exactly do you see? Depending on the type of cable or dish a person has, there could be a ton of options.

In the past, over 90% of television shows only include white actors, no color actors. As we watch TV today there are more shows that include colored people but still not equal towards white people.  What does this say about our society? That there is diversity. Actors and actresses today are given an opportunity to show their talents and without having to worry about receiving a part in a show based on their culture.

Also, the television networks have different channels based on the different types of people so they can reach the enjoyment to all. Some examples of these are the Hispanic channel, BET, and Freedom are just a few examples. But one surprising factor is that we do not see an Asian American channel so hopefully that change will be made in the future.

Another factor that is included in televisions is stereotypes. Stereotypes are all around in the world but most ones are learned from commercials or shows that are broadcasted on the television. Some examples of these are that black people love fried chicken, this can be portrayed in chicken restaurant commercials or just in a television show. The next stereotype is that Mexicans are always packed together, this is mostly shown in the shows rather than commercials. The last example is that white people are rich and snotty. If you think about any show you have seen, there is always that rich white girl that has her daddy’s money and gets her way with everything.

As you can see, diversity is a factor in television and can affect the society. These are just a few examples of how it affects the television.