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Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present (Investigating Cult TV)

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Scholar and Who fan Miles Booy has written the first historical account of the public interpretation of Doctor Who. Love and Monsters begins in 1979 with the publication of ''Doctor Who Weekly", the magazine that would start a chain of events that would see creative fans taking control of the merchandise and even of the program's massively successful twenty-first century r ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by I. B. Tauris (first published July 30th 2011)
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I started watching Doctor Who after the fifth new series had finished airing. I started with the Ninth Doctor, watching an episode a day while I worked out (45 minutes was exactly how long I wanted to stay on an elliptical, go figure!) At first, I thought the show was completely hokey, but I wasn't worried about missing dialogue due to the sound of the machine or my heaving gasps for air, so I kept watching; also, there was a lot of running involved, so it was a good motivator. But, as time went ...more
Interesting history of the intersection of Doctor Who and its fandom. I'm not sure that I would have fitted in the hard-core group of fans for most of Who's history, but it's fascinating to read about them. And good to know that there have always, ALWAYS, been people for whom Doctor Who is now rubbish because it's no longer the show of their youth.
This is about the fans who subscribed to Doctor Who Magazine and read the novelizations and maybe even belong to fan clubs. Besides the Doctor Who-ness of it, it's also fun to remember when being that big of a geek meant fanzines instead of websites. It also made me think about the show in some new ways. I wish I could go back and rewatch some of those PBS pledge drives to see how they framed the show, because I think I had a lot of the same ideas and attitudes about it as a young 'lad' in the U ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Though a bit too scholarly at times, this is an interesting book for how it traces the culture of Doctor Who's fandom and media form 1979 through the present. I found it particularly intriguing when it discussed the mid '80s (when I got involved in Doctor Who and its fandom) and the interim from 1989-2005. Overall, an interesting read that's pretty different from other Doctor Who NF, which tends to focus on the texts rather than the context.
Matthew Kilburn
An excellent account, both scholarly and personal, of the evolution of strands of fan discourse which proved influential on the development of Doctor Who as multimedia storytelling enterprise in the 1990s and the revived television series in the 2000s.
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