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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press; First edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935234048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935234043
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The essays are all intelligent and very well written and flow together smoothly.
Juli A. Dunn
Awesome book if you are interested in the influence that Doctor Who has had on the fan community.
Monkey
Guys will still be manly (if geeky -- in a good way) when seen reading this book.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Barr on April 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a slim collection of essays documenting the female experience in Doctor Who fandom. These range from origin stories -- "how DW came to be part of my life" -- to essays exploring specific fannish activities, to what we on the intertubes would call meta about specific characters and themes. There are also a handful of interviews with actresses.

The first category dominates, and unfortunately, it's the weakest. Many are essentially variations on the same story ("I was watching PBS, for I, like all people in fandom, am American. And there was a peculiar British show which both scared and thrilled me"), which quickly grew repetitive. The highlight was Liz Myles's essay, which initially covered her introduction to Who-dom at her mother's hands, and then looked at the revival of Classic Who fandom from late 2005 onwards. Let me tell you, that warmed my black heart -- as did "Two Generations of Fangirls in America" by Amy Fritsch, about watching DW as a child, then introducing it to her daughter, and the thrill when their respective favourite companions -- Sarah Jane for the mother, Rose for the five-year-old -- met. The worst of this lot is Carole Barrowman's entry, which briefly touches on the surreal aspect of going from fangirl to family-of-actor, but says very little of substance.

Much more enjoyable are the essays about specific fannish activities. The obvious stand-out is the cartoon-format story behind Torchwood Babiez, which is funny, endearing, well-told and well-drawn. And it contains a chibi!Gary Russell, which is so cute, I would not be surprised to learn that the original version of "The End of Time" involved the Master turning all of humanity into chibi!Gary Russells, purely so that all of mankind could squee itself into oblivion.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michelf VINE VOICE on April 28, 2010
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As a chick who digs Time Lords, getting this book was a no brainer for me. I saw it for sale in the dealers room at the 2010 Gallifrey One convention and thought to myself, "I'll come back and grab a copy later". Of course, they promptly sold out of it. Thanks Amazon!

As I read through the book, I was reminded of Confessions of a Part-time Sorceress: A Girl's Guide to the D&D Game (Dungeons & Dragons), which is another book that deals with a female's perspective of what is considered to be a male dominated area. I say "a female's perspective" rather then "a female perspective" because that book is one woman's experience, just as "Chicks Dig..." contains a collection of perspectives from a collection of individual females. In both books the reader comes to realize that, vocabulary aside, the experience of enjoying something or coming to enjoy something you previously knew nothing about, isn't so much about gender. There could just as easily be a book called "American's Dig time Lords", "People Who Don't Normally Like Sci Fi Dig Time Lords", etc, etc, etc, and so on and so forth.

Yes the word "chicks" in the title, and all but one of the contributors are female (aside from an appearance by Garry Russell in cartoon form), but the book isn't just about women who are fans of Doctor Who. It's about fans of Doctor Who, period. And in a broader sense, you could say it's about the nature of being a fan. What draws a person to be a fan of something, what they get out of it and the community of other fans (or people who actively dislike the thing the person is a fan of) and how they relate to those people.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Juli A. Dunn on March 15, 2010
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I picked this book up at Gallifrey One and read the first 6 essays in a matter of a day. That is how enthralling this book is! The essays are all intelligent and very well written and flow together smoothly. The interviews fit in well between essays (I especially enjoyed the interview with Sophie Aldred). Most are touching and all are hillarious. My favourite is probably "Mathematical Excellence: A Documentary", and the essays by Lynne M. Thomas (Marrying into the TARDIS Tribe) and Tara O'Shea (The Tea Lady) were EXCELLENT (they most obviously had a passion for this project)! I found this book to be accessible and very positive. Also recommended is the essay by Lloyd Rose (her book "Algebra of Ice" s a cracking readDoctor Who: The Algebra Of Ice (Doctor Who S.) ) . Truly, whether you are a Die-hard Wholigan, a casual viewer, are looking for a good gift for or just trying to FIGURE OUT the Wholigan in your life, this is a definite must-read. Buy it, give it, read it, enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monkey VINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
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Awesome book if you are interested in the influence that Doctor Who has had on the fan community. The book is a very quick read, and interesting in the breadth that it has in who has written a quick 1000 word essay on how the good Doctor has influenced women and the fans community. The most brilliant part of the book is the Torchwood Babiez mini comic, with some interesting commentary from science fiction authors Elizabeth Bear and Jody Lynn Nye (who has written some of the best sci-fi in partnership with Anne McCaffery) who are authors I deeply respect for their fantasy and science fiction works.

Depending on how you relate to Doctor Who, and who your "doctor is" (mine will always be Tom Baker), this is an interesting view into the Doctor Who fan community above all. Not just from a geeky viewpoint but from the viewpoint that Doctor Who has had as a role model for women. The influence of this show from the multiple author viewpoints is something to not just notice, but also celebrate along the way. Rated 5 of 5 stars, this is a quick read and interesting. Provides some interesting viewpoints into not just the fans that go to Gallifrey One, but to the many other Doctor Who based fan communities. Well worth reading for anyone who is interested in the Doctor Who community, what they are about, and what the influence has been for the entire Doctor Who series.
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