Doctor Who has become a big as it is partially because it is just an awesome show, but also because of the insane dedication of its fan base. Whovians reach a level of excitement that matches even the most extreme of fan communities. As it turns out, many of those rabid fans are members of the LGBTQ community, and now there is a book dedicated to the homosexual Doctor Who fan experience called Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It
Queers Dig Time Lords collects essays ranging from simple fans of the show to actors and writers who have been a big part of the franchise, including an introduction by John Barrowman (Captain Jack) and his sister Carole E. Barrowman. Some of the essays are funny, others are heartwarming, and a surprising number of them manage to be both.
The general consensus among the essayists featured in this collection is that LGBTQ fans flocked to Doctor Who moreso than other huge sci-fi franchises because of a lot of obvious reasons, and some that may not be clear. Sure, there's the sheer camp factor of the classic series, but in Doctor Who there is an inherent “blank canvas” in the character of the Doctor. His ability to regenerate and become something else entirely, over and over, while also showing basically zero interest in sex, makes him the perfect role model for young LGBTQ kids who are still trying to figure out who they are. Teenagers are surrounded by sex in every form of media, and when you're still trying to figure out who you are, it's refreshing to not have to think about it when watching Doctor Who. It's surprisingly hard to find a show where a male character has a female assistant and doesn't try to get into her pants.
There are some pretty great names associated with this collection, edited by Sigrid Ellis (Chicks Dig Comics) and Michael Damian Thomas. Included among the writers are Paul Magrs, who has written five Doctor Who novels and about two dozen audio plays, David Llewellyn, who has a novelist in his own right aside from writing a handful of New Series Adventures, and Erik Stadnik, one of the hosts of the Doctor Who Book Club Podcast and a big friendly face in the Doctor Who fan communities on Twitter and elsewhere. Those who enthusiastically indulge in Doctor Who media of all kinds will see a lot of familiar names and get really intimate stories about their development into Doctor Who fans.
Queers Dig Time Lords is a collection not just for LGBTQ fans. Even those among us who are just straight allies will find a lot to love about the book, as it really is sweet and reminds the reader why they love Doctor Who in the first place. The essays are all worth reading, and is a logical companion to the Hugo winning Chicks Dig Time Lords collection. We can’t recommend it strongly enough!
Do you think The Doctor is a positive role model?