Reading: Chicks Unravel Time

cut_cover-web-194x300As I mentioned earlier my Doctor Who love has recently ratcheted up into overdrive and I’ve been on a consume all the cool Doctor Who things.  Well, maybe not all the things as there is a huge world of fandom and a unbelievable number of official/unofficial writings, comics, and audio recordings relating to Doctor Who.

A few years ago I got hooked on via a Doctor Who bundle. Until recently that handful of books were the only ones I read that related to Doctor Who.  This limited reading was recently expanded when I picked up Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who.  I came across this book via the Verity Podcast which I can’t speak highly enough of. Chicks Unravel Time is a collection edited by Deborah Stanish and L.M. Myles which brings together female writers to examine each season of new and classic Doctor Who from individual perspectives.  The book features essays by award-winning authors, media professionals, and academics.  I was particularly impressed by the range of perspectives in this book and the different ways women have experienced and reflected on Doctor Who.

Some of the highlights for me included “The Doctor’s Balls” by Diana Gabaldon where she describes how campaign Jamie McCrimmon inspired her Outlander series; Jennifer Pelland’s challenging and thought provoking essay on “The Problem With Peri”; the humorous look at the sexualization and objectification of the Doctor in “David Tennant’s Bum” by Laura Mead; and Emily Kausalik’s look at the use of stock audio and the importance of music in season five in her essay “The Sound’s the Star.”

I didn’t love every essay in the book – but I appreciate the breadth of viewpoints shared and the ability of the collection to look at Doctor Who critically from so many different perspectives and the integration of so many distinct female voices. I can see myself returning to some of the essays in the future as I continue to learn more about Doctor Who and continue to watch more classic Who. In the meantime I’ve just started to read Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. 

Beer of the Month: Cameron’s Auburn Ale

CameronsAuburnAleThe second set of beers in the most recent beer of the month shipment were from Cameron’s Brewery. Based in Oakville, Ontario the family run craft brewery has been around since 1997 and  is dedicated to creating quality all natural brews.

So far I tried their Auburn Ale, which based on their website has recently been rebranded.  Actually as I’m writing this, it looks like they launched their new brand yesterday, so very recently. The Auburn Ale has been renamed as the “Ambear Ale”.  And yes, the new branding includes a can with a bear on it – so the new name is just as punny as you thought it sounded.

This beer was darker than an anticipated and poured a dark copper colour. The head was very thin and it had a mild citrus smell.  It had a very mild hops falvour that hung out in the background with the taste of malt and caramel taking centre stage.  Smooth drinking with a surprising amount of depth that isn’t found in a lot of more generic amber style beers.

Beer of the Month: Strathroy Brewing

IMG_20160212_190628Andrew and I finally got around to trying some of the beer that was delivered the last week of January.  This month’s selection included two beers from Strathroy Brewing.  Back in September we tried the 1815 Lockstock Ale by Strathroy Brewing.   As soon as I saw the bottle label for these couple of beers I remembered that we’d sampled something from this brewer before — the images of the griffin/almost dragon looking creatures on the labels apparently stuck with me.

The first selection from Strathroy this month was the Hop Happy Haymaker.  It poured with very minimal head and was an amber colour.  It smelt more hoppy than it tasted and had a slightly citrus undertone.  It wasn’t quite hoppy enough to fall into the IPA category in my mind and was more of a mild APA style beer.

Andrew tried the other Strathroy beer this time so I can’t really comment on it, but it was a darker style beer and he seemed to enjoy it.


Radio Dramas: Torchwood

Lost_SoulsAs I mentioned a few posts ago, my love for Doctor Who is relatively new and up until now it has primarily been restricted to religiously watching the television series and occasionally diving into some of the classic episodes.  However recently at work I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts talking about Doctor Who and I’ve started exploring fan created literature around the show.  Fandom sequels might be appropriate here.

I spend a lot of time in my car – at minimum ten hours a week.  Given this abundance of time trapped in a steel people carrier rambling down hwy 17 I often listen to CBC and satellite radio.  But I recently discovered that via Overdrive (the Ontario library ebook and audio book provider) that I can download Doctor Who and Torchwood content to listen to. There’s not a complete run of the content but there’s enough to keep me busy for awhile.

I just finished listening to the Torchwood BBC Radio Dramas.  These short one hour dramas are set between series two and three of Torchwood and feature the voices of the actors associated with the Torchwood series, namely John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones. The short nature of the episodes means that they are fairly fast paced and it’s been a long time since I’ve listening to any drama that was designed exclusively for radio.

It is definitely different than something written for print then read aloud.  I really enjoyed this set of dramas.  It made me think about classic radio before the invention of TV and the prevalence of high quality radio dramas in days gone by.  It also reminded me how much I love Captain Jack as a character and what a great job John Barrowman does in that role.