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)

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