Clara Listensprechen wrote:Well, I don't think it's just that; I also think it was a matter of broadcasting standards in force at the time during what's termed "the sexual revolution" that was also happening during the era the Fourth Doctor covered. Sarah was expected to be girly-girl with an occasional stubborn streak and an occasional spark of brilliance so as to make the Doctor to "look like the man" in the series; this sort of broadcasting standard was also in force in the States at the time.
Interesting. I'm possibly biased, but I felt Sarah Jane was more
independant than Leela, although she didn't have the same propensity for violence, of course. It wouldn't surprise me at all, however, if a few BBC execs back then figured that the best way to reflect womens' greater independence would be, no, not to make her more intelligent or a stronger personality, but to give her a bloody great knife and take her clothes off.
I think there's something in what tch says, too, about them using her to prompt the doctor's explanations.
"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened."