05 January 2006

Weapons, Teleportation and Religion...

...was the title I wanted surefish to use for my review of Back in Time: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Doctor Who. Which, if you can't be bothered to follow the links, is now up, under the title "A Religious Who’s Who".

The book's essentially a christian perspective on Doctor Who, with "a" being the operative word there -- it's certainly radically different from my take on the subject. Specifically, it's more conservative in its fandom and more evangelical in its theology than I'm comfortable with. There is, as the review suggests, altogether too much general ranting on unrelated topics (including a deeply, deeply annoying section on [sarcastic cough] "intelligent design"), some of which is hung up on arguments which were dodgy when C S Lewis made them several generations ago.

On the other hand, there is some decent criticism of Doctor Who. Just not nearly as much as there could have been if they'd devoted the book to it.

If any of this sounds intriguing, then surefish are running a competition to win copies. Alternatively, you could buy it here and benefit Christian Aid -- which you may feel preferable to buying it through the link in the first sentence, since that only benefits me. (And, obviously, the authors. Oh, and Amazon.)

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