Charting Whodom from the late seventies right up to the present day academic and Who fan Miles Booy has, rather boldly, claimed to have written the first historical account of the ‘public interpretation of Doctor Who and his fans’ (I know…that possessive adjective hurt me too) with Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present.
Citing the launch of Doctor Who Weekly as the moment fans actively sought to contribute towards the show Booy attempts to chart consensus between those fans and the show across the years; from the Third Doctor’s suggestion that we should all read the bible (which we all did, right?), via costumed Doctor Who fans, right up to the 2010 general election.
Love and Monsters… also elevates the reign of producer John Nathan-Turner who contentiously is credited as producing a ‘visually-excessive programme for the tele-literate fan base’ which again changed the ways Doctor Who could be read.
This promises to be a fascinating read, one which anyone who has been involved in any kind of fandom – time travel or otherwise – will no doubt be interested in reading.
Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present is published by I.B Tauris and is available now for £7.55 from Amazon.