Wednesday, 11 April 2012


 Photo copyright Lisa Hazlegreaves

If you have read any of my other posts you may have noticed that I’m quite a fan of Doctor Who and science fiction / fantasy in general.  I have been this way since my late teens, yes,  dear reader  for twenty five years I have been a sci-fi fan.  Now this is something I have always been proud of but it’s only recently I have been so  outspokenly proud about it.   I mean, I’ve had a reputation to keep.  I have a really good job, I’ve partied in Kurt Geiger shoes with DJ’s,  promoters and their bitches. I have not spent all my spare time alone amusing myself with Spok’s Biography and a scale model of The Millennium Falcon.  The attitude to science fiction is definitely softening, it is not thought of as such a weird thing to like now, especially for a female.  This has got a lot to do with Doctor Who, which has introduced science fiction to the masses at peak family viewing time on a Saturday.  I have lots of friends who watch Doctor Who with their kids but who have probably never heard of Terry Brooks let alone read any of his books and this is a good thing, it’s a great thing it is opening minds and getting a whole new generation of kids into science fiction.  Hopefully these kids will love Doctor Who so much they want to go on and read some classic fiction.  Less judging of the sci-fi geek.

 This in turn however has brought up a whole new set of rules to be judged on.  Within Whovianism (wondering if I just invented a new word?  A Whovian is a Doctor Who fan) there is a fraction who will publically sneer at fellow Whovians who know little, if nothing of Classic Who.  Classic Who? I hear you ask.  When Doctor Who returned to our screens in 2005 and became the mighty goliath that it is with its merchandising and experiences  and conventions, the BBC decided that there needed to be a distinction between the brand sparkly New Doctor Who and the Doctor Who that was on our screens when I was a lass. So they re-branded old Doctor Who re-releases on DVD as Classic Who.  Glad we got that cleared up.   There are Whovians like myself who are old enough to remember Classic Who and whose Doctor is not nine, ten or eleven but a number prior to that. But then there are also the next generation of fans like my kids whose Doctor’s are Tennant and Smith and you know what that’s absolutely fine.  They will never ever like Classic Who, its old fashioned to them, the sets wobble and there is no CGI but they shouldn’t be derided for this they should be cherished, brought into the fold of Sci-fi geekdom and nurtured.  They certainly shouldn’t be sneered at nor judged for not knowing the name of the actor who played Tom Baker's scarf or even who Tom Baker is, although my kids know this because he was MY Doctor and I have bored them stupid with tales of him. I’m happy to pass on my sci fi baton to my kids, I don’t care if they don’t know about Classic Who I simply care that in the future they read some great books by Neil Gaiman perhaps, because they heard of him from writing a script for New Who.  I won’t judge them for that.


  1. Another cracker - keep 'em coming missus!
    I've never hidden my nerd/ geek light under a bushel - my dad got me into sci-fi and I remember watching Classic Trek and Who almost 40 years ago! I even battled to do my English dissertation in my last year of high school on Ray Bradbury.
    To be honest, if anything I judge people on their knowledge of sci-fi - 2 folks at my drama group soared in my estimation when I discovered that they were Browncoats.

  2. I try to like sci fi, but I just can't. Fantasy either. My favorite genre is memoir, love that realism!

    Nice to meet you, and I hope you're enjoying the Challenge!

    A to Z Challenge Host

  3. Pssh. Haters gonna hate. :)

    Fly your flag proudly! I don't know much about Doctor Who, though I have more than one friend who's obsessed. You're inspiring me to give it a try now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog - great to meet you through A to Z!

  4. Perhaps this A to Z Challenge is permitting you to woo a whole new group to the new-who! I never got into the old version, but with some CGI, I am willing to give it a shot!

  5. Amazing what we choose to divide ourselves by isn't it. I fear i would be sneered at by some - I came to Dr Who late but *shrugs* Oh well ;)

  6. I remember Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who and Tom Baker. I always thought Tom Baker's scarf had a wonderful personality... now I know why. Good luck with the rest of the Challenge.



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