01/06/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Mad Norwegian Press. 185 page enlarged paperback. Price: $14.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-93523404-3.
check out website: www.madnorwegian.com
‘ Chicks Dig Time Lords’ or to use the sub-title, ‘ A Celebration Of Doctor Who By The Women Who Love It’ should clue you into the subject matter of this book. As with the other books in this series, this one explains what the fairer sex get from being fans of a certain Time Lord. I should point out this is an entirely female written book. Reading this, I don’t think there’s that much difference between men and woman other than what they describe as ‘ scree’ moments which I guess means expressing emotional delight. I guess the corresponding male response is just to whistle and hoot. No real difference really other than the kind of noise generated. Whatever happened to polite clapping?
Even when it comes to dressing up for conventions, there’s more similarities than not these days. Science Fiction, in all its forms, might have had a slow start in getting women involved but that’s rapidly changed over the years as writers have tapped into this missing part of the audience. If anything, it’s just made it easier to find the right hooks to get their interest. Oddly, considering his sexual orientation, show-runner Russell T. Davies didn’t neglect this with the resurgent Who and if it didn’t revitalise the older female fans interest then it was a definite must for the newer fans.
This book’s writers isn’t just limited to American writers as there is also a smattering from the UK, Australia and Japan. Many give how Whodom has changed their lives and how much they’ve got involved. Oh and one of them clearly got interested because she had a smutty mind. Then again, hands up amongst the male population reading here who hasn’t felt that way about female characters? As I’ve pointed out above, fans of both sexes have more in common than not. Maybe the male fans are uncomfortable with such similarities which tends to sound rather chauvinistic in this day and age as their male club is breeched.
All of our media has always had different things we can take out of it yet there is always common ground. With this book, the similarities are even more striking plus an added dose of enthusiasm, especially towards the new regenerations.
This book also contains interviews with Sophie ‘ Ace’ Aldred and from the audio books, India ‘ Charley Pollard’ Fisher, Lisa ‘ Bernice Summerfield’ Bowerman and Laura ‘ Zara’ Doddington.
I suspect female fans will nod in agreement with a lot of the sentiments in the twenty-five other chapters and for male fans, some insight into what makes the ladies tick. Now, if they can only stop calling themselves ‘ chicks’. After all, they don’t grow feathers or lay eggs.
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