Going into the Doctor Who class, I wasn’t sure what all would happen but I hoped that I would enjoy it. Here we are, the end of the semester, and I am an addict. I am proud to say that I am too. I have spent too much of my life worrying about what others think of me. Life is too short to let anyone decide how you should feel. Since I embraced that, I have been able to embrace my inner weirdo and enjoy my life with all my interests because I no longer care what others think of me. This class has been really fun, and I feel like it has brought me closer in thinking about our society in comparison to Brittan’s as well as diversity. Diversity in Doctor Who may not be as apparent as it could be, they do a much better job than a lot of shows do. The ways in which they present the diversity also varies. In some ways, the diversity is very explicit, and in other ways it is very implicit. No matter what the medium, I was able to see and connect to it. Beyond learning about diversity, I was able to watch and learn about a really great show. From the plot to the characters, Doctor Who is a wonderful show that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this semester. I am really excited to go back through and re-watch all the episodes, in order!
As far as my favorite Doctor goes, I honestly don’t think that I could pick one if I wanted to. At first I liked 9, then I loved 10, but then 11 grew on me, and I’m still iffy on 12. All the doctors have specific traits that make me love them, and they also have some that drive me nuts. At this point, I feel like I have seen the most constant episodes of 10, so for now he is still my top. After I see more of 11 and 12, my opinions might change. For companions… Rose still has that place in my heart, but I have really come to adore Amy! I’m not sure if River counts as a companion, but if she does, she is hands down my favorite. There are so many things I love about her! They are all great but she takes the cake for me. I am happy I took this class and I’m excited to watch it on my own and take everything at my own pace!
Ever since her first debut on the show, I have loved River Song. Her hair, her accent, her attitude, but especially her relationship with the Doctor. River has to be one of the most amazing and interesting people on that show, and that’s saying something. As the show goes on and we see more of her, her personality, life, and purpose become more and more confusing and interesting at the same time. Right when you think you have figured her out, you get thrown another curve ball. It is literally like a never-ending curving road that has a bunch of speed bumps and other hazards in its path. At sometimes it may seem like the complexity of River may get exhausting or that people might get tired of it, but no matter what happens, you’re left wanting more. River can be anyone, anytime, any place and do a better job than the person themselves. She is so dramatic and full of life.
The fact that she cares for and loves the Doctor as much as she does even with all the things she knows that he, she, and they will go through is another reason why I like her so much. She has an unbreakable devotion to the Doctor, and its an absolutely amazing thing to see, even if the first time we meet her, River dies. A big part of River’s story I was not expecting was the fact that River is Amy and Rory’s daughter. The entire scene in “Demon’s Run”, I was glued to my computer, like an inch away from the screen, trying to comprehend what had happened. It is a freaking amazing idea and I love the way they chose to have the prayer cloth tell the truth. I also love how the Doctor and Amy and Rory react when they find out. Knowing that all this bad stuff can happen to someone and yet they still find their way to becoming what River is is awesome. Another part I love is with River and Amy after the Doctor and River get married and the Doctor ‘dies’. The look on River and Amy’s faces when Amy gets told the secret about the Doctor and the look of I don’t even know what it is on Amy’s face when she realizes and says that the Doctor is her son-in-law. Pure comedy. Bottom line, I love River Song. She is amazing.
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.
So, there were reasons to how the TARDIS ended up looking on the inside and outside… This isn’t revealed until the New Who when it is revealed that it does take 6 people to fly the TARDIS. It was also revealed that TARDIS’ aren’t built they are grown like trees from a seed and then the equipment and everything is added later. This is part of why there is mismatched and some strange equipment in the console. When the TARDIS is being remodeled there is some new equipment that is changed and updated but it’s always recognizable things that must have been reused from somewhere, like Eleven had ketchup and mustard bottles and Nine and Ten had the monitor, a keyboard, and the small sledgehammer on the string that does get used occasionally. The TARDIS also has a soul as discovered in “The Doctors Wife” and can see all parts of time even then, but the real question is whether the Doctor stole the TARDIS or if the TARDIS stole the Doctor. As this is what the TARDIS also called sexy keeps reminding the Doctor of. The console is slightly redone with each Doctor but they all resort back to the same basic layout with either a hexagon or circular shape. The Ninth and Tenth Doctors layouts had the pillars that branched which was designed off choral and trees to reflect that the TARDIS is grown and is a living thing.
The exterior of the TARDIS also has never really changed and this was explained with the chameleon circuit being broken. This seems to be a defect in a lot of the TARDIS’s. This is my theory because when the 12th Doctor and Clara stole another previous version of a TARDIS Clara took it and had it shape into a diner for her final meeting with the Doctor who could no longer remember her. We then saw her TARDIS take off and it kept the shape of the diner and they mentioned that the circuit went down again. This was a defect created so the show could keep one object that people would recognize as the Doctor’s no matter when and where it landed and it was an easy way to save money by not needing to replace the TARDIS constantly.
Did you know the Sonic Screwdriver was taken out of Doctor Who in Classic Who? Upon bringing the show back Davies decided he wanted to keep a device that kids could play with and the Doctor could use in times of need for simpler tasks like picking a lock to save time because episodes went from two hours to fifty minutes. He did include flaws in the screwdriver in that it can’t get past a deadbolt lock or wood, and this does come up a few times in episodes. The sonic is a device connected and created by the TARDIS. When the Doctor needs a new sonic the TARDIS will produce it and based off the interior design of the console room. I look forward to where they will take the TARDIS design and technology like the sonic in the future.
As IS 201 Diversity and the Doctor comes to a close, I have found myself reflecting on the experience… At the start of class, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into but I had heard of Doctor Who from various members of my family but never actually watched it. Joining the class there was the uncertainty of what the exact requirements and what I will learn in this class, but it fit my schedule so here I am. I would not describe my interest level increased while watching Doctor Who but my understanding of the fan culture in many television shows expanded. For me, I am a big fan of the Marvel Universe but never looked for a fandom and other created fan works. I always just followed the movies in order and re-watch them until others are released. Starting with the class I was like where did she get all these books. I was amazed at the sheer amount of material that could be found on diversity within Doctor Who. After watching the television show I was more amazed at the sheer analysis of the diversity within Doctor Who due to the nature of the show. The class because of this expanded my look among diversity from just sex, race, and other typical terms that come to mind during a regular discussion of diversity. The show gave a different futuristic look at diversity among aliens and other creatures that can represent real day problems in a futuristic setting. Although Doctor Who is not my cup of tea, I can see the ideas and the infatuation with the series by others. The show is well represented and well made without an average die off period of other televisions show have. The way the doctor has been set up from the beginning into the reboot, it has been well planned and executed to keep the fresh cast and fresh ideas to maintain an interesting storyline. The discussion in class from the doc who lovers and the uninterested created an appreciation but not a love for the series. All in all, the class has been an interesting take on diversity and expanded m knowledge of the doctor. The series has been a cultural experience in both fandoms and British culture that I have not been submerged to in this capacity in my life and all have been a good experience to have to look at things in my life with an open mind.
When do you listen to music? Is it when you’re happy, sad, upset, mad, heartbroken? For me, it is all of the above and more. I listen to music all the time for every mood I am in. Music is such an amazing thing that brings people together and allows communication when words fail. That is the beauty of music is that it reaches all corners of the earth, reaches all people, reaches all hearts, not matter what the circumstances may be. The abilities that music have make it incredibly diverse in many ways. The types of music are diverse. There are so many genres and sub-genres of music. Possibly too many kinds to count. And every kind of music was made my someone for some reason. Different types of music speak to different people for different reasons. For example, a lot of people associate rock and metal with people who are angry or mad, but I use it for so much more. Rock and metal are pretty much an all-around music for me. There is rock music I love when I’m happy, sad, excited, mad. The possibilities and uses of the different kinds of music are endless.
The techniques that are used in music are also diverse, both in respected genres and across all of them. Some music uses voice, some use instruments, some use computers and synthesizers, the combinations are limitless. Music can be used for many different reasons. Some of these reasons include stress relief, therapy, and motivation. In my year as a music therapy major, I was able to see just some of the ways that music can help people. While the focuses were on the elderly and children, I know that it goes far beyond that. My love for music allows me to be open-minded and I believe it has helped me to be more open and accepting of diversity even though I was not raised in a very diverse environment. The world is such a better place with music. That being said, I don’t know what would have happened in our times of crisis without the help of music. It brings people together who might otherwise never meet. Music can bond two people that could have nothing else in common. Music is capable of so much, it is a blessing to all of us, no matter who we may be.
Most of us took sex education sometime between elementary and high school during the awkward years we call “the teen years”. Most of us remember the class being uncomfortable, awkward, and even giggle worthy at times. However, for some students the class was even more awkward and uncomfortable than for the rest.
A lot of sex ed classrooms in the U.S. are very withholding and stingy about what information they give students concerning sex and reproduction. Some schools refuse to teach it at all, while others give a short presentation over one class period. Some do better, though. They talk about the biology, consent, and how to use protection. Still, almost all schools will only cover two topics when it comes to sex education: reproduction and heterosexuality. And while it’s important that these subjects get covered, gay, bi, pan, ace, and trans students are largely left in the dark. This often makes it extremely difficult for non-heterosexual/non-cis people to come to terms with their identity. And important terms about sexuality and gender can go unknown for years, causing a lot of confusion and frustration both inside and out of the LGBT+ community.
Now, I’m not saying sex ed classrooms should introduce nsfw images and videos of different kinds of sexual situations in order to teach about these different subjects. I am, however, saying that gay sex and straight sex should be talked about in the same manner, discussing the importance of consent and protection in both cases. Many gay, bi, and pan relationships do not use protection during sex because they believe they don’t need it. This is why the number of STDs in the LGBT+ community is so high. Rape is also an underrated concern in the LGBT+ community. Whether it’s non-consensual sex or “corrective rape” these types of sexual assaults often go unreported by LGBTQIA+ victims because they don’t understand what proper consent means for non-heterosexual relationships or situations. These problems can help be corrected by discussing other types of sexual relationships in the sex ed classroom.
It’s time to crush heteronormativity, and one way that can be achieved is by discussing other types of attraction the same way we talk about straight attraction in the classroom. A half hour presentation over other forms of sexual and romantic attraction is all it would take to help normalize non-straight sexualities. In the same way, a short presentation on the differences between gender and sex would help trans and nonbinary people come to terms with their identity, and help cis people understand what it means for someone to not identify with their assigned gender. Simply acknowledging in the sex ed classroom that other sexual, romantic, and gender identities exist outside the cishet world we’re taught to live in can do wonders in helping achieve equality and understanding.