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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Book Review: Queers Dig Time Lords

Nearly halfway through the anthology Queers Dig Time Lords, writer Jason Tucker describes why the term "in the closet" is fitting for people who hide their sexual identities: "it's a tiny room where you keep things out of sight. The problem with closets, of course, is that they're never big enough (...) you always have too much baggage for them." It's a perfect illustration of the theme that runs through this anthology of the correlation between the sexual awakening of adolescence and the embracing of geeky passions, with the common thread of Doctor Who connecting each piece.

It's important to note that few other television shows, sci-fi or otherwise, could support an anthology with this topic. One of the things that struck me as I read this books was how Doctor Who has always been a series that has garnered praise and admiration from those in the LGBT community. The anthology is filled with heart-warming coming out stories and personal accounts of the impact the series has had on the lives of individuals. Regardless of your sexual orientation, all of these stories have something that fans can empathise with in their personal history.  

If you're looking for a more academic queer theory analysis of Doctor Who, this may not be the anthology for you. All of the pieces are very well written, but it mostly comes from a more non-fiction or memoir approach. There are a few quality analysis pieces to be found, however, such as the comparisons between Doctor Who and Star Trek. For people who find academic journals to be too stuffy, this book is perfect for them. Fans of the just original series may be somewhat disappointed by the lack of a strong presence for that part of the series' history, but that is largely due to the fact that the reboot series is much more ripe for this type of commentary. Comparatively speaking, the original run of Doctor Who does receive far more attention in this anthology than most modern books about the show I've seen, which allows it to strike a pretty good balance for people who enjoy both eras of the series. 

Overall, I'd rate this book an 9/10. It's a enjoyable, and often heart-warming read which serves as a reminder that, regardless of who we love, the things that we love will always unite us. 

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