Saturday, 29 September 2012

Doctor Who And The Real Stuff

When I advise Doctor Who fans to read "the real stuff," the examples I give are The Time Machine by HG Wells, The Time Patrol by Poul Anderson and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. These unrelated titles form a conceptual sequence:

a temporal vehicle;
a time traveling organization;
a time traveler's private life.

-and correspond to features of Doctor Who:

the Tardis;
the Time Lords;
The Doctor's Wife, an episode scripted by Neil Gaiman.

The Dancer From Atlantis by Poul Anderson is also relevant. It features:

a man in a malfunctioning space-time vehicle;
companions accidentally gathered from earlier periods;
a language teaching device;
a visit to Atlantis (this happened to the Third Doctor).

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