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Infographic: Is Doctor Who Sexist?

by Conner Flynn
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Is Doctor Who sexist? All I know is that he has a TON of female companions compared to male companions. In recent years this has become even more of a controversy since many think that Steven Moffat is sexist thanks to a comment he made when asked about a female Doctor: “A person will pop into the showrunner’s head and they’ll think. ‘Oh, my God, what if it was that person?’ And when that person is a woman, that’s the day it will happen.”

Well, this may add fuel to the fire. Rebecca Moore watched all modern Doctor Who episodes to see if they passed the Bechdel test. The test is simple; it asks: “Do two named female characters have a conversation that is not about a man?” This is often considered the minimum level of female involvement in a film or TV show. It seems like a good way to measure sexism in Doctor Who.

So what were the results? Not very good for Moffat, it seems. His pass rate was a lot lower than previous show-runner Russell T. Davies. Only 12 of Moffatt’s 21 episodes pass the test. What do you think? Does this prove that the show is sexist?

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