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Published on April 11th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present

#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.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




One Response to Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present

  1. Pete says:

    This was an extremely enjoyable read. I didn’t think there was anything original left to say about Doctor Who – but Miles – you nailed it and I read it from cover to cover in three days. It led me to reconsider some of those old adventures we all shared back then – but it also made me realise that we ALL didn’t become literate by accident – how could we? I had suspected this – the ideas you treat on – but I think your book validates it all. A really wonderful addition to the canon of ‘academic’ Doctor Who texts – one that (ironically) validates Doctor Who as something worthy of study.

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