Lorna Jowett
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Casual queerness and desire lines in Doctor Who
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Lorna Jewett posits that science fiction with its emphasis on defamiliarization and estrangement is inherently queer and examines the diversity of writers in the Chris Chibnall / Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who, arguing that this range leads to the potential for more inclusive representations of sexuality. Jewett explores the ‘casual queerness’ which follows on from the era’s statement of intent to become more inclusive and diverse. By looking at story choices and character dynamics, Jewett shows how series 11’s ensemble cast signals some of its new directions. It is further argued that series 11 and 12 offer visual cues that allow the audience to follow desire lines between characters, though the text draws clear limits to this (queerbaiting) – especially in relation to the Doctor and Yaz – and therefore remains constrained by tensions between progressive statements of intent and the constraints of mainstream television.

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Doctor Who – New Dawn

Essays on the Jodie Whittaker era


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