Ep. 008 Domestic Violence as a Plot Device in the Whoniverse

Content/Trigger Warning: Child abuse, physical abuse, sexual violence

Domestic and sexual violence are horrible realities for so many. Minefields surround any film portrayals: Will it upset survivors? Will the show’s stance be clear? Will the subject be given the serious treatment it deserves? We want showrunners and writers to be sensitive to the real impact it can have on the people watching. So why do we see it pop up so commonly in the Whoniverse?

Episodes to watch:

  • Classic Who – The Twin Dilemma
  • Fear Her
  • The Idiot’s Lantern
  • The Sound of Drums
  • The Last of the Time Lords
  • The End of Time
  • The Lodger
  • A Christmas Carol

Ep. 007 East Asians in the Whoniverse: All Six of Them

Doctor Who has a spotty history with East Asians, dating all the way back to 1977 with the exploitative Talons of Weng-Chiang featuring a villain in yellowface makeup and actual East Asians as set dressing. Since then we’ve seen a whopping FIVE episodes with an East Asian character, and only SIX of those characters could qualify as more than set dressing. Join Eugenia and Toya but mostly our resident East Asian, Eugenia, as we explore stereotypes placed on on East Asians, the show’s track record with East Asian representation, and what we would like to see in the future.

Episodes to watch:

  • Classic Who – The Talons of Weng-Chiang (an episode to cringe at is more like it)
  • Aliens of London
  • Turn Left
  • Waters of Mars
  • A Good Man Goes to War
  • Sleep No More (pointed out by @InquiringJoy [thank you!], forgotten off this episode because of hatred of Clara. We’ll come back to this episode at some point in the future because it needs to be discussed.)
  • Knock Knock
  • The Pyramid at the End of the World (not mentioned in our episode, but features two blink-and-you’ll-miss-them East Asians)

Ep. 006 Screw Season 10: The Episode

In this episode, we review and discuss Season 10. We’re not going to mince words here – this was a difficult episode for us to record, because it was a difficult season for us to watch. Fandom is about love, and we started this season hoping to love it. We were not prepared for it to break our hearts, and for our beloved escapist show to bring us crashing back down to the harsh and terrifying reality that we live in. Thus ends Stephen Moffat’s reign as Doctor Who showrunner. So it goes, and we say to that, GOOD RIDDANCE.

Photo credit to Black Girl Nerds’ excellent post (https://blackgirlnerds.com/amazing-performances-saved-tropey-doctor-finale/) about the final episodes.

Ep. 005 Martha My Dear

Martha! Martha! Martha! Join us as we celebrate the VERY FIRST POC COMPANION. Martha Jones was a big deal for us women of color, and frankly we are sick and tired of the hate directed at her. She was amazing. Not “not-Rose”, not “eh”, not “rubs me the wrong way” or any of these other coded excuses not to like her. AMAZING. End of story.

Episodes to watch (basically all of season 3, but we mention these specifically):

  • Smith and Jones
  • The Shakespeare Code
  • 42
  • Utopia
  • The Sound of Drums
  • The Last of the Time Lords
  • Journey’s End
  • The End of Time

Martha’s post-Companion episodes:

  • The Sontaran Strategem
  • The Poison Sky
  • The Doctor’s Daughter
  • Turn Left (mentioned)
  • The Stolen Earth
  • Reset (Torchwood)
  • Dead Man Walking (Torchwood)
  • A Day in the Death (Torchwood)

Catch Freema Agyeman in the Netflix series Sense8 too!

Ep. 004 Adipose: Fat and Fat-shaming in the Whoniverse

We live in a world where we are confronted with a beauty ideal that’s slim and fit, and as a result, many people are shamed for their size. Even our escapist fiction is rife with fat-shaming, which raises the question of where we can possibly go for relief. Join us as we delve into what Doctor Who tells us about fat.

Episodes to watch:

  • Aliens of London/World War Three
  • Love and Monsters
  • Voyage of the Damned
  • Partners in Crime
  • The Lodger
  • Closing Time
  • The Pilot

Episodes we don’t mention in name, but feature relevant examples:

  • Human Nature/The Family of Blood
  • The Pandorica Opens
  • A Good Man Goes to War

Ep. 003 Mickey: Idiot, Orphan, Hero

How does an orphan find himself, claim his own life, and become indispensable? How does Mickey go from Rose’s left-behind boyfriend to Martha’s valiant husband? How does the Idiot become the Hero? Join us as we talk about our favorite friendzoned pseudo-Companion, Mickey.

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Ep. 002 Wild speculation on the next Doctor

Who will be the next Doctor? Well now (so far unverifed) rumor has it that it will be Kris Marshall, but when we recorded this episode a couple months ago we had no idea. Join us while we dig through the bookie’s list, whatever that is, and wildly speculate and theorize and maybe offer some clever suggestions. Maybe?

Ep. 001 Welcome to Woke Doctor Who

Welcome to Woke Doctor Who, a podcast about race and representation in Doctor Who with an Asian lady from DC and a Black lady from Baltimore. In our inaugural episode, we introduce ourselves and discuss why we care so much that our favorite show features people that look like us, our family, and our friends. We also chat about British imperialism, gutsy casting choices, firsts, and the future.

We’d like to thank cellist Samantha Hegre for our intro music, Devon Rowland Photography for our photos, and our producer Justin Sabe for putting it all together.