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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.
Thus, enter Queers Dig Time Lords, A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It…the latest collection of essays on genre from Mad Norwegian Press.
Queers Dig Time Lords, is a spiritual successor to the Hugo Winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and the Chicks Unravel Time, and is in the same series as the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Comics and Whedonistas. Edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thomas, Queers Dig Time Lords collects over two dozen essays, stories and personal reminisces about Doctor Who from a queer perspective.
This collection has an impressive lineup. Tanya Huff writers about bisexuality on Doctor Who. Jennifer Pelland talks about her appreciation for Donna Noble and River Song. Melissa Scott filters her life and relationship with Lisa Barnett. Hal Duncan reveals how he came to love a show he once sneered at. Julia Rios analyzes a classic Key in Time episode in terms of the lesbian subtext that has been staring me in the face all the times I’ve seen it. And there is much, much more: analysis of the relationship of the Master and the Doctor; an analysis of Mickey, as seen through the lens of his alternate universe double Ricky, for example.
The essays and reflections can be extremely personal and moving as well. It should not have surprised me that Doctor Who would have such an effect on fans and be such a touchstone for their lives and self-identity. I was moved by some of these stories and reflections.
The only thing I can really say that the essay collection could be improved is that I was hoping for a little bit more analysis, perhaps. Don’t get me wrong; some of the very personal and touching reflections on Doctor Who made me laugh, cry and brought me to tears. I was hoping for more matter on the show itself, though. I also would have liked some more essays tying into the rich material that goes beyond the television episodes–the Big Finish audio episodes and the novels. One of the strengths of Doctor Who is that it is, really, a multimedia property. The very tight focus on the part of the participants on mainly just the episodes (and often just the newer ones) is a missed opportunity.
Even so, thanks to this book of essays, I learned to think of Doctor Who, its fans, and its themes in new and hitherto unconsidered ways. Queers Dig Time Lords, is strongly recommended for Doctor Who fans, especially those looking for personal reactions and connections to the program from a perspective that may be, but shouldn’t be, as alien and foreign to them as any Dalek, Ogron or Thal.