So, the response to my post earlier this week was overwhelming in terms of numbers (656 unique visitors and counting!) and in quality (everyone has been so lovely!).
I’ve even received a mention from those fabulous people over at Kasterborous! (To answer their question: I don’t know… the same as I’d do for Alpha Centauri if I ever decide whether their conversation with Jo counts?)
I’d also promised a follow up and I promised multiple people that I’d post my data set.
So here goes.
Firstly, we’ve seen the division according to regeneration and companion. How has it developed over time, though?
Taking averages per season yields the following graph (as always, I apologise for my lack of infographing skills):
So you see that rates are especially erratic during the Third, Fourth and Fifth Doctor-eras, with it starting to climb again during the Sixth Doctor. I’ll leave it to you all to speculate over what caused these fluctuations (if anything).
I also promised a few nice tables with rates for producers, script editors and writers. So here goes.
|Christopher H. Bidmead||66.67%|
|Christopher H. Bidmead||100.00%|
|Ian Stuart Black||66.67%|
|Peter R. Newman||100.00%|
|Pip and Jane Baker||100.00%|
|Robert Banks Stewart||60.00%|
*For writers, these rates are calculated for the first writer mentioned on this wikipedia page. The italicised writers are those who have written more than one serial. I must say I was pleasantly surprised as some writers’ especially high scores; Aaronovitch, Bidmead, Fisher, Briggs, Hulke, Martin, Pip and Jane Baker, and Wyatt all scored 100% while writing multiple serials. Furthermore, all the female writers (all three of them: Clegg, Munro, and Jane Baker) all scored 100%. Though I am disappointed to see there’s only one female writer who’s written more than one serial, and that in collaboration with her husband.
I suppose it’s also somewhat unsurprising to see that the only female producer (Verity Lambert) has the highest pass rate at 94.25%.
But all in all the scores are not horrible. Especially not for a science fiction/fantasy show from 1963 with an audience that seems, even these days, to still be predominantly male. Perhaps the female contingent (and it is growing, going by what I see at conventions) is just a bit less vocal.
The overall score, by the way, is 69.69%. Which at most universities would make it up for debate whether it passes at Distinction or Merit level. But this is also ridiculously similar to the findings of post-2005 Who – so it seems then that things aren’t getting much better.
So here then is my cleaned up, suitable for public consumption, data file. If I’ve made any mistakes, do please point them out to me – this has been an after-work project so some serials have been watched in states of near-unconsciousness. Doctor Who Bechdel Test File. If you’re also a fan of spreadsheets, all I can say is, ENJOY.