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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935234145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935234142
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I have to disclose an interest here ... I authored one of the essays that comprise this book.

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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HASH(0x91e4f2ac) out of 5 stars Engaging mix of coming-out stories and meta 7 Jun. 2013
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An engaging mix of coming-out stories and LGBTQ-focused meta. I particularly enjoyed Naamen Gobert Tilahun's "Hey Mickey, You're So Fine", a salute to one of my very favorite characters, and Susan Jane Bigelow's "Same Old Me, Different Face: Transition, Regeneration, and Change." As a straight ally, these essays gave me a lot to think about.
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HASH(0x91e4f300) out of 5 stars It is however an excellent collection of essays showing the wide variety of responses ... 16 July 2014
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This is a collection of personal essays. As such I didn't relate to every essay. It is however an excellent collection of essays showing the wide variety of responses to Dr. Who, by fans from all over the range of ages and genders, who happen to be queer. It is interesting to see the different perspectives people can have on the same source material.
HASH(0x91e4f738) out of 5 stars A Great Look at Doctor Who 19 April 2016
By L. S. Tucker - Published on
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This is a collection of essays on Doctor Who from the LGBTQ fans who watched the series, inspired by CHICKS DIG TIME LORDS. The content discusses why there were a larger than normal number of LGBTQ fans for this low budget series. We also learn how and when the writers first experienced the Doctor.

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.
HASH(0x91e4f720) out of 5 stars Brilliant and engaging 16 July 2014
By Giulia Caruso - Published on
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This book was a very interesting insight in the life of an old and multi-generational fandom. Every story was touching and exciting in their own way and I think everyone could find something resonating on a personal level. They are queer stories, but every sci-fi fan is queer itself, somehow, when loving something not-mainstream it's not easy to explain. A must read for every Doctor Who fan, it's full of details and trivia and old tales!
HASH(0x91e4fbe8) out of 5 stars Varied, accessible and fun 16 July 2014
By Clara - Published on
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I really enjoyed Chicks Dig Time Lords, and picked this book up as a consequence. As with Chicks, it's fun, varied, and interesting. It's also nice in that it does not require absolute hard-core fandom to be legible. Very accessible.
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