‘She is wise and unafraid’
Writing the first female Doctor and a diverse universe for her to protect
in Doctor Who – New Dawn
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‘She is wise and unafraid’: writing the first female Doctor and a diverse universe for her to protect Rosanne Welch examines how Chris Chibnall and his team of writers collectively developed Doctor Who with a particular focus on the character of the thirteenth Doctor and her companions. Undertaking close textual analysis and tracing Chibnall’s track record in writing for strong female characters, the chapter homes in on how the screenwriting tools of dialogue and action form this new Doctor, alongside other racially diverse characters. Chibnall created companions of African and Pakistani-Muslim descent and introduced new writers of various backgrounds enabling the exploration of sensitive subjects such as race and religion.

Doctor Who – New Dawn

Essays on the Jodie Whittaker era

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