Racegate – Did Fandom Overreact?

A few days on, and a couple of conversations later, it now seems to me that some of the comments made by this website concerning the book Doctor Who And Race may have been wide of the mark.

Obviously it isn’t going to be clear until a copy of the book lands here at K Towers and a balanced review is published, but I’m ashamed to say I allowed the agenda of a certain newspaper (via the subsequent carbon copy reports in other publications) to influence my reporting of the supposed accusations leveled at Doctor Who in the book.

As I added to the original article:

It has been pointed out to me by one of our contributors that the story originates with the Daily Mail. As such, and as with the furor surrounding the John Nathan-Turner biography, there is every chance that the comments, arguments and statements have been taken considerably out of context by the originating professionally employed newspaper writer (I naturally hesitate to use the term “journalist”).

I’m not sure what this means for the quote above, but I’ve decided that we will include the book in our reviews pages as soon as it can be purchased and analyzed.

I will say this, however: on two occasions now publishers and authors have ignored our requests for details on forthcoming, independently produced works, and opportunities to chat with the authors. Simply by responding to an email message this sort of press-spun, misrepresented nonsense can be avoided. This isn’t about resources, it’s about spending 10 minutes contacting a Doctor Who website with three quarters of a million monthly page views and making sure your book is fairly represented.

It’s difficult to get it right every time, and it seems on this occasion that Kasterborous found itself caught up in a froth-mouthed, pitchfork-wielding mob without spending the time reading the title and coming to a more balanced conclusion.

I’m sorry, and will work hard to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

It’s worth heading over to doctorwhoandrace.com to learn more about this book.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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