Book Review: Chicks Dig Time Lords

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"In Chicks Digs Time Lords, a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show's fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast. Essays include Carole Barrowman discussing what it was like to grow up with her brother John (including the fact that he's still afraid of shop-window dummies), columnist Jackie Jenkins providing a Bridget Jones' Diary-style memoir of working on Doctor Who Magazine, novelist Lloyd Rose analyzing Rose's changes between the ninth and tenth Doctors and much more. Other contributors include Elizabeth Bear (Jenny Casey), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Jody Lynn Nye (Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), and Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan's Tales). Also featured is a comic from the Torchwood Babiez creators, plus interviews with Doctor Who companions India Fisher (Charley) and Sophie Aldred (Ace)."


I'm a fan of Dr. Who, the new series, so I was eager to get my hands on Chicks Dig Time Lords. And it did not disappoint! While some of the essays were context-less for me, not knowing the original series, each one was informative in some aspect or another. I actually dog-eared pages that referenced companions I wanted to know more about. 


Favorite essays include: Regeneration X by Catherynne M. Valente; In Defense of Smut, by Christa Dickson; If I can't squee I don't want to be part of your revolution, by Kate Orman; Girl Genius: Nyssa of Traken, by Francesa Coppa; and the juxtaposition of an essay regarding the role of women in the Dr Whoverse and an essay regarding the role of race in the Dr Whoverse.


I highly recommend this for fans of the show, both old and new (fans, and incarnations). You don't need to be a huge fan to get the essays in here- it is, after all, a celebration of the show as much as an analyzing of it. Mostly, it's stories about how people came to Dr. Who and why they like it, from the simplistic to the profound. I think there's an eye-opening moment for every Whovian in here, as well as a few chuckles.

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