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I was unreasonably grumpy about having to order this book physically from a real bookshop last year. It was well worth going to some extra trouble to get hold of it. It's a lovely collection of 27 essays by fans of Doctor Who, ranging from the gleeful to the mildly profound (as far as one can be in less than ten pages), ranging over various aspects of the fannish experience - watching the show, watching the show with your family (including one on what it feel like if your brother grows up to be Captain Jack Harkness, and two which caught at my heartstrings in which Who fans find themselves parenting children with special needs), conventions, fanzines, costuming, fan fiction, feminism, race, and lots and lots of references to Livejournal. Several of the contributors discuss how it was that New Who was more attractive to female fans than the ghosts of Old Who pre-2005, and I found it interesting at the time (and interesting again to review) how New Who's success led to a revival of interest in Old Who and to it being appreciated and dissected in new ways.

I think I've only met one of the contributors - Kathryn Sullivan, who I was on a panel with at the 2005 Worldcon, and who writes here about fanzines - but I finished the book feeling tremendously warmed by a strong sense of community with the authors, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Who of any period.


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Feb. 26th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
This book makes me grumpy, period, because I'm a female fan who still prefers Old Who, so am apparently a freak. Yes, I do like the Eleventh Doctor, but New Who hasn't pleased me much until Eleven, and guess what, modern fandom? Old Who had lots of female fans, which I saw any time I went to a convention or read a fanzine. But no, only New Who is "attractive" to female fans, I guess because the Tenth Doctor is "hot" and angsty. After all the bizarre gushing I've seen about how the Tenth Doctor is the Best Doctor Ever because he's so Hot, I just don't care to read more about that experience. And I'm not a "chick," thanks very much to whoever came up with that title. *rolls eyes*

I'll read it someday, but am in no hurry at all. :-/
Feb. 26th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
I think you may be confusing this with some other book, because whether or not you find the joke title funny, nobody could accuse the contributors of being fixated on New Who. The cover art even features a woman wearing a Tom Baker scarf.
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
I prefer Classic Who as well, but a lot of the contributors lean that way too. Plus there's a decent amount about Torchwood, which, blasphemy alert!, I also favor above New Who. I'm with you about the "chicks" title. It makes me wince hard. For the most part, though, I like the book and was happy to get autographs from many of the authors at Chicago TARDIS.
Feb. 27th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you clearly got the wrong impression of the book from my review. It is generally told from the perspective of Old Who fans, like you and me, who are bemused but gratified at the upsurge of interest in the show since 2005, and have different and sometimes conflicting accounts of it. The title is indeed a bit silly, and you can make of that what you will.
Feb. 28th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoy it! Yes, I think many of us found a sense of community in fandom that we hadn't found other places. But something neat happened with the book--we found a whole new community. Or at least, I did. Some of the other writers I knew, but some I didn't, and likely wouldn't have connected with, if it weren't for the book--and I'm getting to connect with folks who have liked the books as well. It's been a really interesting fandom experience :)
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