Sue: Haven’t you got a DVD we could watch instead? This is terrible.
Me: We could watch Doctor Who.
Sue: We’ve seen them all, haven’t we?
Me: Not the new series. I mean old Doctor Who, the stuff I like.
Sue: Why would I want to do that?
We all know someone like Sue – a ‘fan’ of the show, but who maybe is not as… involved in it as we are. Who has not seen, nor has any real interest in, the classic episodes, but in general likes the current show and has not missed an episode since it began again in 2005.
Many of you reading this fit better into the category that Neil Perryman puts himself in – someone who has never actually named a child after a beloved Who character and doesn’t know every production code by heart, but has loved the show for a long time, has done what he could to mold his life and work around his ‘obsession’ and may even have a pet (or 4) that have been named after something in the fandom. (I’m not quite there… yet)
Neil had this idea – he would get his wife, Sue, to watch every episode of classic Who and document the results. From this, the blog Adventures With The Wife In Space was born.
Now, after two years and every episode from Hartnell to McGann, and to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show, a new book is soon to be published to go along side the blog.
Neil loves Sue. He also loves Doctor Who. But can he bring his two great loves together? And does he have the right?
In January 2011, Neil Perryman set out on an insane quest to make his wife Sue watch every episode of the classic series of Doctor Who from the very beginning. This book is the story of that adventure. Funny, honest and surprisingly moving, it captures perfectly the joys – and fears – of sharing the thing you love with the people you love.
The book is due to be released on 7th November, but the introduction as well as some online-only goodies to go with it are currently available on the blog’s site. The book is available for pre-order at a number of sites including Amazon UK, Amazon US, and the Book Depository.