Last year I had the glamorous opportunity to contribute to Outside In, a publication from ATB, the same people that brought fans Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America. Editor Robert Smith? is a legend in Doctor Who circles, Smith? has several publications to his name including the unofficial guide to the new series, an exhaustive review of every single episode to date ‘Who is the Doctor?’
My article, a review of Power of Kroll (never thought that one would have garnered this much attention) will be included with some clever edits from Mr. Smith? that will make me appear far more intelligent than I really am.
I’ll be sharing print space with Series 24-27 script editor Andrew Cartmell, Doctor Who expert David J. Howe, New Adventures author Kate Orman, Outpost Gallifrey’s dedicated former moderator Shaun Lyon, and sometime actor and Sylvester McCoy impersonator Jonathan Blum (who got my goat on the Gallifrey forum many years ago so I’m razzing him here but e’s more successful and popular than I am, so I figure he can take it in stride) to name just a few!
I’m very excited because not only will I be in print, but in a very fine book of articles that will be released on the program’s 2012 anniversary.
ATB Publishing is proud to announce its first publication:
160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers
edited by Robert Smith?
Coming November 23, 2012!
There are many books and websites that review all these Doctor Who stories – tales that fans know very well – but editor Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor; Time, Unincorporated 2-3; Braaaiiinnnsss: From Academics to Zombies) set out to create an unprecedented archive of opinion from throughout the professional and fan communities, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the greatest television show in history! The results are inventive, provocative, and always surprising. Smith? himself says:
It’s the biggest, wildest idea I ever had: as many reviews are there are classic series stories. That alone was a huge undertaking. But what really makes this shine is that I put in an additional requirement: say something different. In short, these aren’t your father’s reviews. What I wanted for OUTSIDE IN was takes on the classic series that make you go, ‘Wow, I never thought of that.’ Fortunately, that struck a chord with everyone and I mostly got to sit back and watch everybody bring their A-game to the table.
Some reviews are thoughtful, some are funny, and some are utterly gonzo. I’ve had mock-angry letters to the BBC, transcripts of council meetings, even a recipe. There are flow charts, maps, TV scripts, timelines, Shakespearean plays… and, of course, intensely passionate and vocal opinions about the entirety of Doctor Who. You may not agree with everything that’s said in this book – indeed, I hope you don’t! – but the end result is something intensely personal that every Doctor Who fan will find resonates with them in some way.
The watchword of the project is diversity. That’s one of the great strengths of fandom: put ten fans in a room and you’ll wind up with eleven opinions. And isn’t that the great thing about Doctor Who? It’s like the weather: endlessly discussable and if you don’t like what’s happening right now, there’ll be something else along shortly. OUTSIDE IN captures that essence, both in terms of the show itself and also its many-splendoured fandom.
OUTSIDE IN features contributions from:
DAVID J. HOWE
& 150 more!
OUTSIDE IN will debut on November 23, 2012 with a launch at Chicago TARDIS 2012 (www.chicagotardis.com). Pre-orders begin in late September. Stay tuned for further details, including a cover preview and ordering information!
I should also mention that a portion of the proceeds from the book sales will go to the AIDS charity Avert (information here), so any purchase also sends money to a good cause!