Why it’s ‘Doctor Who’, not ‘Nurse What’… Defending Doctor Who…

Doctor Who 8Doctor Who is getting another face. Which means that there are plans for at least another three years of Doctor Who. Two things to celebrate as a Doctor Who fan. Doctor Who is going to be played by a woman for the first time in over 50 years.

The scale of reaction to this last detail has ranged from celebratory, indifference, a reason to recycle jokes about women (that should be as dead as Adric on a spaceship), and the end of the f***ing world. It’s these last two disappointing reactions that have disappointed me so much I want to address them in this post.

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The Darkwood Mysteries into 2014…

FB Square Question Mark2013 saw the launch of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’. A series of short tales set in Victorian England following the investigations of Emily Darkwood and her young servant Jack Hobbs into supernatural and criminal mysteries.

Darkwood and Hobbs have been with me since I was in my early teens, thanks to being inspired by the ‘Doctor Who’ adventure ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’. Had I put pen to paper back then it would undoubtedly have been fan fiction. However, ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ (as the ideas have become) have had plenty of time to develop. Aiming for a mash-up of Sherlock Holmes crime and adventure stories and Lovecraftian horror stories–I always felt that Holmes was missing monsters! Continue reading