Merchandise Adventures with the Wife in Space

Published on October 8th, 2013 | by Rebecca Crockett

Adventures with the Wife in Space Hits Bookshelves!

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.

Oh my giddy aunt

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.


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About the Author


Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

8 Responses to Adventures with the Wife in Space Hits Bookshelves!

  1. avatar John Miller says:

    I have to say that the online bits(the Introdution and the Chapter on The TV Movie) look very disappointing. I always enjoyed reading the Wife in Space online posts. But I feel that was largely for Sue’s comments, which I found to be magnificent, and a breath of fresh air after reading some of the witless comments from others.I’m in two minds about this. It could be very good indeed, but if that’s the bait used to lure possible buyers in, it’s quite alarming. Again, it’s the Wife In Space. Sue’s comments made it what it was. A book about getting Sue to watch, or Neil’s life in a caravan doesn’t hold the same kind of fascination.

    And read page 38 of DWM#75.

  2. Odd headline.

    “..hits the bookshelves” as in “hits the bookshelves in a month-or-so”.

    • Hmm. Not sure Adventures with the Wife in Space Hits the Bookshelves in a Month-or-so really works.

      Are you?

  3. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I’m glad I don’t have Neil’s problem. My fiancee loves Doctor Who, new and old, although I’m not entirely sure how much of the old she’s seen.

    I don’t have any children yet to name after characters from the series, but I do have a cat I named Pond.

  4. avatar Rebecca Crockett says:

    SInce Im the local newbie, I’d not heard of this until writing the piece. But I got a real kick out of some of the commentary, especially what Sue said about the tv movie. My own mother, who is not really a fan, said some of the same things when we saw the movie at the Paley Center last month!

  5. avatar Jason Z says:

    My wife is a lot like Sue: she doesn’t like old Who, and by coincidence I have (for years) been getting her to watch it in order, but only 1 episode every week or two. Her reactions are often very similar to Sue’s. She grew up In India, where I think DW was never shown. Funnily enough we had a daughter born 18 days ago, and gave her an Indian name that is also Who-related: Tara.

  6. avatar Neu 75 says:

    Hmmm, Snide in Space more like…

  7. avatar authorman94 says:

    I actually did something similar to this only this time with my folks, and showed them one story from each Doctor (actually showed them two from Matt Smith, “The Eleventh Hour” and “The Name of the Doctor”), and I documented my responses online on my blog, and their responses varied from not only Neil and his wife, but even a lot of Doctor Who fans, so it goes to show that Who accommodates a lot of different opinions about the many different eras.

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