As 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 Storybundle.com 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.