|Title||'Don't make me go back': post-feminist retreatism in Doctor Who|
In post-2005 Doctor Who the female companion has become a seminal figure. This article shows how closely the narratives of the companions track contemporary notions of post-feminism. In particular, companions’ departures from the programme have much in common with post-feminism’s master-theme of retreatism, whereby women retreat from their public lives to find fulfilment in marriage, home and family. The article argues that when companions leave the TARDIS, what happens next ought to embody the sense of empowerment, purpose and agency which they have gained through their adventures, whereas too often the programme’s authors have given companions ‘happy endings’ based on finding husbands and settling down.
|Keywords||post-feminism, gender, femininity, weddings, retreatism, Doctor Who, companions, Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies, Steven Moffat|
|Journal||Journal of Popular Television|
|Journal citation||6 (2), pp. 197-211|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1386/jptv.6.2.197_1|
|Published||01 Jun 2018|