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Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It

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In Chicks Digs Time Lords, a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show's fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Mad Norwegian Press (first published 2010)
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Ben Babcock
It's safe to say that I am a big fan of the new Doctor Who, and I have been ever since it arrived in 2005, back when I was sixteen. I wasn't a big fan from the first episode. As a science-fiction fan in general, I had heard of Doctor Who but was not quite sure what it was all about. So I tuned into the CBC and watched "Rose" with interest. Gradually, I came to appreciate Doctor Who for what it is: one of the best TV shows ever.

Normally I don't like to jump on the "we have it so good these days"
May 09, 2010 Donna rated it liked it
Some of the essays in this book include really interesting analysis of Doctor Who from the perspective of women, and there were also some great personal reflections about the series. True, the meatiest of the content was more about the new series, but the older Doctors and companions were still well represented in the more personal essays.

Unfortunately, half this book is about the fandom, and those parts will largely be of interest to those that participate heavily in it. I was hoping that a hig
Aug 02, 2010 Mickey rated it liked it
This is a fun look at fandom from a female persepctive. Like several of the essayists in this collection, I was a late convert to the bliss that is Doctor Who. (MANY thanks to my friend Kim who INSISTED that I watch it and then Torchwood) My two favorite essays are by Elizabeth Bear and Carole Barrowman. (big sister of John Barrowman- aka- Captain Jack Yumminess, er, Harkness)The various aspects of fandom (watching, writing, costuming, etc) are well represented in this slim volume and I would re ...more
I loved this book. Now going in I was pretty sure I was going to love this book. I bought it at a Dr. Who convention, so the subject matter was right up my alley, it was a collection of essays -- one of my favorite genres to read, and it was to explore the experience of being female -- another favorite topic.

In someways I was at a disadvantage going into the essays. At the launch panel they joked about many essays starting with the person discovering a strange man in a scarf on PBS. I came to t
Jared Millet
Mar 25, 2014 Jared Millet rated it really liked it
I've become somewhat a fan of these essay books on geek pop culture, and this was a particularly good one, focusing on the women's viewpoint on a particularly cool bit of SF fandom. Dr. Who is far cooler than it's closest cultural equivalent, Star Trek, for at least two reasons: 1) bow ties, 2) its ability to appeal to a large, active, passionate, and devoted female viewership.

Topics range from analyses of gender, sexual, and racial stereotypes (and the occasional breaking thereof) in the progra
Sep 09, 2009 Shelley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, media
What a fun book! As it's an essay book, I liked some essays more than others, of course, and agreed with some more than others, but a surprisingly high number of them were strong. It was neat to see how other women have found and interact with Who fandom.

It still doesn't make me want to go to ChicagoTardis, or any Who panels at MWC, because I still don't trust fandom outside my circle, but I see from these that I'm not really alone in that. ;) Also, she who admits she is in fandom purely for th
Mar 01, 2010 Cen rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book! On some level I identified with nearly every essay. Many had me laughing aloud and punching my fist in the air. Quite a few had me drawing x's over passages and exclaiming 'what? Absolutely not!' So amazing the various views that can be reached about essentially the same thing. This book is an absolute treasure for Doctor Who fans.
Katie M.
Mar 13, 2010 Katie M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: doctor who fans, geeks, time lords, chicks
As a chick who digs Time Lords, I adore this collection of essays about being a female Doctor Who fan. Reading it was like the delightful feeling of sitting down with a bunch of clever friends and having a really great discussion of a shared interest. Some of the essays deal specifically with issues of being a woman in fandom, but the book will definitely also be of interest to male Doctor Who fans, since the shared experience of loving a quirky British show about time travel in a blue box trans ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Mar 19, 2011 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
It's a lovely collection of 27 essays by fans of Doctor Who, ranging from the gleeful to the mildly profound (as far as one can be in less than ten pages), ranging over various aspects of the fannish experience - watching the show, watching the show with your family (including one on what it feel like if your brother grows up to be Captain Jack Harkness, and two which caught at my heartstrings in which Who fans find themselves parenting children with special needs), conventions, fanzines, costum ...more
Doctor Who fans, particularly those interested in gender and fandom, should really enjoy this. I'm a new fan, having only seen the rebooted series (and the terrible mid-1990s TV movie) and so some of the references are lost on me, but there are some fascinating examinations of gender and race in the series, considerations of the fandom itself, interviews with people who have been involved with the series, and some very lovely reflections on what Doctor Who offers. The essays that open and close ...more
Justin  K. Rivers
Mar 20, 2010 Justin K. Rivers rated it really liked it
I really love this collection of essays. It's a diverse and often moving examination of women in Doctor Who fandom. Some of the essays are stronger than others. The memoir-style ones, where people just talk about how they got into the show, are less interesting.

The best essays are the ones that take that first-person fandom experience and analyze it, break it down, critique the culture, and place it in a greater context. Kate Orman's contribution, for example. What this collection really needed
Jun 27, 2011 Soup rated it did not like it
I almost feel bad rating this book as poorly as I have as much of my disappointment is the result, I suspect, of my own incorrect assumptions about the content. I picked it up expecting a light or pseudo-academic take on Doctor Who. While there are one or two articles that attempt a theory-less critical theory approach (e.g. the Magnet & Smith or Kang essays, each of which the authors should consider expanding and republishing as academic articles) most of the volume is given over to fandom ...more
Jun 18, 2010 Gale rated it it was amazing
A must read for Who fans. Especially any female "Who" fan who has ever been in an argument with a male Who fan over shippers, emotion in Who, the Doctor's sexuality, or why River Song rocks so much more than Rose ever did. Actually, if this book had been published a year later, I'd expect more on River..and Amy. Let's hope for a second volume, eh?
May 03, 2010 Clara rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable, though it made me want more and more analytical articles. Nice to see such a positive take on female fandom.
May 28, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it
I got sick, realised that I had this to read thanks to the Hugo voters' pack, and read it in a day. Well, there were a couple of entries that I skipped over a bit because they weren't that engaging for me and my experiences, but I swear I read almost all of it.

I love Doctor Who, but I do not LOVE it. I am a fan, but I am not a FAN. I don't think I ever realised the difference between the two before meeting people like Tansy and other serious, mad FANS (in much the same way that I didn't really k
Catherine Siemann
Jan 16, 2011 Catherine Siemann rated it liked it
My husband brought this home from a science fiction convention, ostensibly for me, though I noticed as I read that a number of the contributors had signed it specifically to him. *cough* Overall, it's a pleasant enough read, mostly personal reminiscences of fandom or the pleasure of the visual text. Particularly outstanding, however, are a couple of essays focusing on specific female characters: Lloyd Rose's essay on why Rose Tyler works so much better with the Ninth Doctor than with the Tenth ( ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it
Twenty-seven essays and interviews by female fans of “Doctor Who” who may also be the actresses who played his Companions, who do costumes for fan conventions, who write “Doctor Who” novels, who are academics writing about sexism and gender, who are science fiction and fantasy writers, are moms. John Barrowman (he plays “Torchwood”’s Captain Jack, which started out on “Doctor Who”)’s sister Carole, who is an academic, both are Who-vians, and she helped him write his autobiography, writes one of ...more
Time to be honest: I only enjoyed 1/3 of this book.

I picked up this book hoping for an academic read on the Doctor Who fandom and the women involved. Unfortunately, only 1/3 of this book hit my mark. The other 2/3's of it was padding, which included women who loved Doctor Who, grew up with the show, or found the show later on. Each 'essay' involved the following formula: stating of favourite doctor, childhood memory, favourite companion, involvement in Chicago TARDIS, and the hesitation of Matt
Feb 11, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tv-and-radio
Five stars is not enough - how I want to give this book more! I loved the essays in this book - as a newbie Doctor Who fan, I learned more than I expected about the series and its fan base than I expected in a mere 192 pages. The passion and creativity from the contributors is inspiring and empowering. Required reading not just for Doctor Who fans, but anyone who loves a series with deep passion. Parents should read these essays to their kids to remind them of the importance of individuality, cr ...more
Jun 22, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, time-travel
This is an interesting collection of essays by female authors who are also Doctor Who fans. The essays differed from each other in their tonality, as well as the way in which they reacted to the different Doctors and companions. It was nice to read a wide range of opinions and it was intriguing to find that no single essay matched my opinion of Doctor Who. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read and I'd recommend it to any female Doctor Who fan (the male fans may like it too, but it is specificall ...more
I was not as over all pleased with this book as i was with Queers Dig Time Lords. not sure if it is because I read the other first and found it unique or because so many of these writers wrote of Sarah Jane and only Sarah Jane which made for a sameness in the reading. especially a mostly continuous reading. There were a few essays that stood out the Australian fan and the UK fan (no Canadian fans that I recall), the essay on Martha, the one who was convinced Doctor Who was a documentary!
it is a
Oct 18, 2012 Li rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I wanted to LOVE this book but I didn't.
I wanted this to be fun and lighthearted but some of the essays were way too scientific and/or sociopolitical. (Hey, I'm all for women kicking ass but the feministic slant on some of these essays were a little too much for me.)

But, because I love The Doctor and his companions, I enjoyed this.

It even got me interested in seeing some of the classic Who stuff, so I guess that's good.

Dec 17, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing
I originally bought this book as a gift for a friend, who then loaned it back to me to read. I loved it so much, I'm going to buy my own copy! I've been a long-time Doctor Who fan and I loved the stories of how the various essayists found their way to the show, what they liked about it, and their discussions of some of the behind-the-scenes action at conventions, fan forums, and fan clubs. A wonderful addition to both Doctor Who fandom and to thoughtful analysises of women in pop culture.
Debra Cook
Jan 22, 2014 Debra Cook rated it liked it
Interesting to read stories of other female Doctor Who fans. The interviews with actors like Lisa Bowerman and Sophie Aldred were great. I could have done without the academics that were comparing and contrasting the old versus new series. Seems like the all the participants either knew each other through conventions at Chicago Tardis or Galifrey one.
Apr 13, 2010 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: 7, non-fiction, 2010
A combination of anecdote and analysis, this was an interesting read. Most of the entries were relatively light-weight, concentrating on the authors' experience of Who fandom, but there were a few more in-depth essays delving deeper into topics of women and Doctor Who.
Apr 18, 2010 Jenna rated it really liked it
This book was fun and interesting. I didn't love all of the essays - some were a bit too nostalgic for the old series, which I've never seen - but they were all insightful and interesting.
Dec 07, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Overall, it was pretty good. I liked one of the last essays best, about fanfiction. It was well thought-out.
Heather Gunnell
Aug 16, 2010 Heather Gunnell rated it it was amazing
Great collection of essays about Doctor Who. :)
Lee Ann
Feb 15, 2017 Lee Ann rated it it was ok
The essays on the show, primarily the Christopher Eccleston/David Tennant series, were interesting to this casual fan, especially the one by Carole Barrowman, John's sister. I skimmed the majority of them, about conventions, radio programs, books, and fan fiction, as I just wasn't interested.
Sarah Sammis
Feb 15, 2017 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Heather Gunnell
The numerous essays on "I'm more a fan than you will ever be" get tiresome but there are some genuinely interesting gems in there too.
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