By, Heather Maloney
“Doctor Who” has primarily been known as a male fandom. Some classic fans attribute the high influx of female fans to David Tennant’s reign as The Doctor. While he did bring new female fans to the fold, many would be surprised to learn that female fans have long been inspired by strong female companions and dreams of space travel. Sometimes being a female Whovian can feel like conforming to a masculine fandom, however there are books that highlight female fandom and the strong role models they grew up idolizing.
“Chicks Dig Time Lords” edited by Lynne M Thomas and Tara O’Shea
As a celebration to female fandom and the reasons why women love “Doctor Who”, look no further. This amazing book is a collection of essays by journalists, novelists, actors and others in regards to the world of “Doctor Who”. From Carole E Barrowman to Sophie Aldred, “Chicks Dig Time Lords” explores the female Whovian experience and why these women love the quirky Time Lord.
“Single While Who Fan” by Jackie Jenkins
As a columnist for “The Doctor Who Magazine”, Jackie Jenkins took readers on her journey of being a Whovian during the gap years. Through her travels in England with her friends, fans were able to relate with Jackie and laugh along with her. This engaging book is a collection of her columns along with new material. Once a reader picks up this book, it is hard to put down.
“Elisabeth Sladen – The Autobiography” by Elisabeth Sladen
Oh, Sarah Jane Smith. As one of the most beloved companions in “Doctor Who”, Elisabeth Sladen transcended the role and became a cornerstone of twentieth century Science Fiction. The world collectively cried last year with her sudden passing. This breathtakingly beautiful book is the story of an equally breathtakingly beautiful woman; in her own words. While some parts are sad and some a hilarious, her storytelling is compelling and causes the reader to love her even more. This book is not to be missed by any Whovian.
While the series since 2005 has allowed female Whovians to become more involved with the series, many fans have loved the show since the classic series. As a way to celebrate “Doctor Who” and the women around the world who love him, these books are essential into sharing the experience of being a fan.
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