Published on June 10th, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett
Reviewed: Queers Dig Time Lords
When is a Doctor Who book not a Doctor Who book? When it’s a collection of fascinating essays, articles, musings and recollections from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ for short) community of fans celebrating Doctor Who!
Queers Dig Time Lords is not a follow up but more perhaps a relation to the to the 2009 publication from Mad Norwegian Press, Chicks Dig Time Lords. Once again, award winning writers look at Doctor Who and reflect what it means to them, be it from a time when they were coming to terms with their sexuality, when they were growing up or in their formative years as they shaped out their careers.
What’s offered are numerous frank, open, honest and sometime hilarious recollections of days gone by and how Doctor Who fitted in or even helped to create wonderful stories.
Some very familiar names appear in this book, Gary Russell confesses that it wasn’t Doctor Who that made him homosexual but The Tomorrow People, Paul Magrs looks at the fundamental ingredients that draw a gay man to Doctor Who, David Llewellyn discusses his renaissance with Doctor Who after watching Rose for the first time and his subsequent reinvigoration for the show and Nigel Fairs travels back in time to talk to his younger self regarding his future and Louise Jameson.
Scattered around these closely linked Doctor Who names are other writers who each have their own unique and sometime heartbreaking, story to share. Hal Duncan talks about his version of the Doctor where the Time Lord is a killer rather than a saviour, Neil Chester theorises that Doctor Who didn’t make him gay but it did make him a Librarian, Kaia Landelius writes a letter to her 16 year old self explaining the differences between TV glamour girls and the powerful realistic women in Doctor Who, Rachel Swirsky has a story to tell that involves a trip to the near future with a mysterious being known only as the Guidance Councillor, Melissa Scott tells a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of the Fourth Doctor that leas her to some life changing realisations and Amel El-Mohtar focuses on the Doctor and the Master’s ‘special’ relationship.
And that’s only a few of the authors, there’s a whole host of others with their stories ready for you to indulge in. There’s even an introduction by John Barrowman and his sister Carole.
Queers Dig time Lords is a rollicking read and an unbridled labour of love. It’s surprising that it’s taken this long for someone to have the brilliant idea to have a closer look at the LGBTQ community that is a massive part of the Doctor Who world (in fantasy and reality) and put into words how much it means. Doctor Who is a story about change and hard times, about love and loss, about fear and understanding and about loss and acceptance. Queers Dig Time Lords is the exact same story but with the added punch where the tales you’re reading are all true (with some embellishments in some essays to add dramatic value). In an age where society is more open and more accepting, it’s also crucial to understand where it was before, again, Queers Dig Time Lords helps to paint a picture of what some have gone through and endured in order to be where they are now.
To not read this book would be to miss out on a real treat, to read about so many exciting and refreshing perspectives and to look at how the Doctor Who world has brought so many people together is exhilarating and above all, to be entertained by so many clever writers is not to be missed.
Queers Dig Time Lords? Kasterborous just digs all of you.
Queers Dig Time Lords is available now from Amazon priced £11.93 in print and is also available for Kindle.