Before you settle down to digest your Christmas Dinner with the Doctor Who Special, you might like to consider how the show treats its female characters. Hope Dinsdale investigates
Remember 2010? Remember when Amy Pond hit our screens as the new companion in Doctor Who? The camera panning sexily up her legs to reveal her in a police uniform?
I do. And I remember being both happy and appalled. The shot placed her firmly in the category of ‘sex object’: just a pair of legs and a sexy uniform. But I decided to try and look past this, focussing on what Amy was. A police woman. A strong female character: a woman with a career who contributes to the community.