Gender and the Quest in British Science Fiction Television: An Analysis of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Red Dwarf and Torchwood
Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Red Dwarf, and Torchwood represent a significant cross section of BBC science-fiction television. With such respective characters as The Doctor, an enigmatic time-traveling alien, Roj Blake, a problematic rebel leader, Dave Lister, a slovenly last surviving human, and Captain Jack Harkness, a complicated immortal omnisexual, these shows have equally reinforced and challenged viewer expectations for a masculine leading hero.
Accordingly, this work explores theconstruction of gendered heroic identity from both production and fan perspectives by applying a variety of critical lens (media, fan culture, and queer theory). In addition, fan fiction, criticism, and videos that celebrate and resist BBC SF television heroes and villains are considered.
As a result, the synergistic and antagonistic tension occurring between these four series’ producers/writers/actors and their fans is articulated for a finer understanding of their paradoxical relationship.