I started watching Doctor Who in 2006 when it was recommended to me by a friend. The show was fun, epic, silly, and heartbreaking. A Time Lord traveling through space and time with a human companion on life threatening adventures makes for great television. I could not believe I had never seen the series in its previous incarnations. I grew up in a household with a parent who devoured science fiction books, television, and movies. We watched Star Trek (Next Generation, Deep Space 9, andVoyager), X-Files, Red Dwarf, and almost anything else with a hint of science fiction. Being a sci-fi fan, I wondered how I could have missed such an amazing show.
Thankfully, the library has some wonderful books about the series to help explaining the fandom from critical essays to works about its relevance in popular culture. Even if you have no clue what TARDIS1 means, or why a plunger wielding robot can be scary, these books are wonderful assets to help understand the great love people have for Doctor Who as it nears its 50th anniversary in 2013.
- The Science of Doctor Who (2010), by Paul Parsons
- Tardisbound: Navigating the Universes of Doctor Who (2011), by Piers D. Britton
- Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the 21st Century (e-book, 2010), by Matt Hills
If Doctor Who is not your thing, but science fiction is, the library has many other titles to whet your appetite:
- British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays (2011), edited by Tobias Hochscherf and James Leggott
- The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader (e-book, 2008), edited by J.P. Telotte
- Reading Between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who (e-book, 2003), by Piers D. Britton and Simon J. Barker
Who is your favorite Doctor or science fiction series?
1. Time and Relative Dimension in Space