All in the ‘fam’
Interrogating kinship networks with the thirteenth Doctor
in Doctor Who – New Dawn
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In the first years of the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who, the Doctor and her companions refer to themselves as ‘fam’ and represent an alternative to nuclear kinship networks of a heteronormative married couple with biological children. The chapter by Hannah Hamad contributes to work on the cultural politics of race and focuses on the character of black companion Ryan and the way the programme perpetuates damaging stereotypes of black families and in particular that of the absentee black father. This discourse was also presented through the characters of Mickey Smith in Russell T Davies’s 2005 Doctor Who and Clyde Langer in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Hamad reveals how the series celebrates the counter-hegemonic kinship network of the TARDIS crew and also how the series emphasizes that biological fathers must fulfil their social responsibilities in line with the demands of hegemonic family values.

Doctor Who – New Dawn

Essays on the Jodie Whittaker era

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