Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It Paperback – 4 Jun 2013
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In Queers Dig Time Lords, editors Sigrid Ellis (Chicks Dig Comics) and Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine) bring together essays by award-winning writers to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, in the tradition of the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords. Tanya Huff (Blood Ties) wears her bi-focals as she analyzes the Doctors fluid sexuality, former Doctor Who script editor Gary Russell explores the shows effect on his teenage years, Paul Magrs (Doctor Who: Hornets Nest) defends and celebrates the camp qualities of the series, and Melissa Scott (Trouble and Her Friends) describes Doctor Whos impact on her greatest love and loss. Other contributors include David Llewellyn (Doctor Who: Night of the Humans), Rachel Swirsky (Through the Drowsy Dark), Hal Duncan (Ink: The Book of All Hours), Nigel Fairs (Big Finish Productions), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month), Brit Mandelo (Beyond Binary), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), and Jed Hartman (Strange Horizons). This book features an introduction by John Barrowman (star of Doctor Who and Torchwood) and Carole E Barrowman (Hollow Earth, Torchwood: Exodus Code). The cover art is by Colleen Coover (Small Favors).
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As such I had a preview copy and spent a very entertaining few hours reading it. Naturally I turned to my contribtuion first (it representing my first - probably only - published work) to see what it looked like 'in real life' and having got over over the shock turned to 'the others.'
This book demonstrates two key things; firstly that Doctor Who is a robust and deep enough cultural text (if you'll excuse the slip into academic lingua franca) to take all kind of readings and interpretations and secondly that there is a huge gulf between US and UK appreciations of its meaning/s to LGBTQ persons.
That first point was not a surprise, but the latter one was a bit of a revelation. US appreciations cohere around specific fan reactions, whilst UK ones are more concerned with its place in the cultural pantheon. I suppose that not be surprising given that the programme has run for over 50 years in the UK as mainstream entertainment but was only broadcast in the US (on and off) from the 1980's... but it wasn't something I expected to emerge so robustly.
The book is a good read, by turns funny, touching, moving, perplexing and revealing. It shows how LGBTQ fans have adopted, adapted, ignored, parsed, interpreted and enjoyed the show and each contributor has a strong voice. Of particular revelation to me were a consideration of the show by a Trans author thinking about the parallels of 'regeneration' and transformation and a really sweet piece about a 'best friend'.
It's quite a wordly tome, but there are jokes, laughs and fun to be had.
I'm really grateful for having had the chance to contribute and I commend it to you as another way of looking at Doctor Who and what it means to so many people.
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The theme that seemed to run through the different essays was the attraction to a man who was an outsider, who decided to leave his home to search for more. There is also an appreciation for the companions, some more than others. There's a few who also discuss TORCHWOOD, the spin-off for Captain Jack Harkness. All in all, it is a wonderful collection of people who love the series for many reasons, who recognize the bad as well as the good, and a few who wish for more. But don't we all? 4.5 out of 5.