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In Companion Piece, editors L.M. Myles (Chicks Unravel Time) and Liz Barr bring together a host of award-winning female writers, media professionals and more to examine the wide array of humans, aliens and tin dogs who have accompanied the Doctor in his adventures throughout time and space.Tansy Rayner Roberts (Ink Black Magic) finds the defining attribute of Sara Kingdom,In Companion Piece, editors L.M. Myles (Chicks Unravel Time) and Liz Barr bring together a host of award-winning female writers, media professionals and more to examine the wide array of humans, aliens and tin dogs who have accompanied the Doctor in his adventures throughout time and space.Tansy Rayner Roberts (Ink Black Magic) finds the defining attribute of Sara Kingdom, while Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month) looks at the extent to which the Doctor himself is a companion, particularly to the Brigadier. Nina Allan (“Angelus”) rewatches – with some concern – Sarah Jane Smith’s debut for the first time in ages, and Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue) addresses the ethics of using violence through the lens of Leela, Ace and Amy Pond.Other contributors include Karen Miller (The Innocent Mage), Deborah Stanish (Chicks Unravel Time), Lynne Thomas (Chicks Dig Time Lords), Joan Francis Turner (Dust), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey) and Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)....

Title : Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who
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Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who Reviews

  • Anna Livingston
    2019-05-28 12:08

    A wonderful read from start to finish, and yes, I'd say that even if I didn't have an essay in the book -- after all, I hadn't read any of the others before now! As with Chicks Unravel Time, Companion Piece made me want to go back and re-watch episodes I haven't seen in a long time -- even, shockingly, Mel's episodes, which I was never in love with at the time but am now willing to give a second chance based on Liz Barr's enthusiastic essay. It also seems like it's long past time for me to give Benny a chance beyond The Dying Days and Human Nature; I should rewatch some Peri episodes now that I have a new appreciation for her intelligence and compassion; and how nice it was to read someone praising Victoria's intellect and tenaciousness, since even after watching most of her serials last year, I was tired of the screaming after a while.In short: Companion Piece shows off the good in every companion, and as a near-lifelong fan of Doctor Who, this makes me happy indeed.

  • Ms_prue
    2019-06-14 11:53

    Full disclosure: I am Goodreads friends with one of the authors, which is how I was alerted to the existence of this book. Although L M Myles is also a name that is familiar to me from Twitter, being someone who is often retweeted by Paul Cornell. Social media, eh? Anyway, I bought this book because Anna's in it and I trust her to write for Quality Publications.The five stars is because it's a quality publication and I really enjoyed reading it. Not only did I learn stuff, it also made me feel better about my fannishness. It's a diverse lot of authors who've followed a lot of different paths into the fandom and they have lots of interesting things to say about who the companions were, how they were handled by the show and why. And what they mean to us, of course. I am ashamed to admit my tolerance for sitting through many Old Who stories is quite low, but on the other hand, I love spoilers and a companion-centric discussion of Who necessarily involves cherry-picking the best bits of many different stories, not all of which I have watched yet. It's great! For example, take the case of Sara Kingdom. Even if her episodes still existed, I'd be watching them basically just to see her. Alas, those episodes are no more and now the bulk of my knowledge of her comes from this book. But I don't feel short-changed by that at;dr - this book is great, it both enlightened and delighted me!

  • CrunchyMetroMom
    2019-06-15 13:52

    This is an essential read for Whovians, particularly women, to get an excellent view into the psychology and themes of "Doctor Who" across its many seasons (or series, for the Anglophiles). While a couple of the critical essays are a bit overlong, the overwhelming majority are well-written, well-researched pieces that explore the role of companions and their histories. This level of critical analysis (really, academic essays at times) helps give greater social context to many of the companions from Who both Classic and New.

  • Tehani
    2019-06-02 08:50

    So yes, I have an essay in this book (about self-professed "mouth on legs" Aussie firecracker Tegan), and yes, I know several other contributors personally or as a fan of their writing, and yes, I've enjoyed Mad Norwegian books in the past… That said, I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and this book is really darn good, so regardless of any personal feelings, I would say the same thing. It's five star, it's fantastic for dipping in and out of, nodding furiously when an author says something I agree with, berating them aloud (sometimes in public) when I disagree, and being absolutely delighted to discover companions I'd barely heard of (from the Classic series) or make connections that caused me glee. Personal favourites were many! "Donna: Noble by name and Noble by Nature" by Karen Miller, "Scientists, Not Office Boys" by Anna Livingston, "Amy's Choice: Doctor Who Companions and the Nightmare of Domesticity" by Una McCormack, "The Ones He Leaves Behind" by Foz Meadows, "Science Princess FTW" by Mary Robinette Kowal, "What has Romana Ever Done for Us?" by Phoebe Taylor… Dammit, look, they're all good! Not a single one I didn't enjoy in some aspect or get something out of. Loved Stephanie Lai's defence of Peri, really enjoyed that Emma Ward examined a non-TV companion, and so much more. You should check this book out. It's great.

  • Catherine Thompson
    2019-06-01 08:51

    Yet another collection of essays by the folks behind Chicks Dig Time Lords and Chicks Unravel Time, Companion Piece discusses the characters who travel in the TARDIS as guests of the Doctor. Naturally, most of the essays are on Classic Who companions, simply because there are so many more of them, as opposed to New Who companions. But I'm trying to broaden my Who-rizons and learn more about the Classic era, so I was more than happy to read about companions I've never even heard of, such as Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom (both of whom, according to the essayists, were awesome during their time in the TARDIS). I was also interested to read differing views of the same companion: Jo Grant, for instance, was discussed in two essays; one praised her, whilst the other was a bit dismissive.I'm not sure the folks at Mad Norwegian Press can add anything further to the Doctor Who dialogue, but if Companion Piece is the last book, it's a high note to go out on.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-22 08:10

    So I've learnt that it is possible to read too many essays about doctor who in one sitting. I've also learnt that everyone views the doctor's companions slightly differently, and that many of us are able to find feminist meaning in work not intended to be feminist.

  • Jacqueline O.
    2019-05-18 07:11

    Companion Piece is another book in the "Chicks Dig" series (other volumes include: Chicks Dig Time Lords, Chicks Dig Comics, etc.). This essay collection focuses on the companions in Doctor Who. The essays represent a variety of viewpoints, but often have a Feminist perspective. What I love about Companion Piece is that the essays really get you to think and to re-consider one's opinions about various eras of Doctor Who and the companions therein. This collection begs the reader to reconsider companions that they may have not really cared for, and to think about how others might view a character - positively. But it also gives the reader unique, thought-provoking essays that will have the astute female reader nodded her head - and not as yet another dismissal of early companions as "screamers" (the "defense" of Barbara Wright is brilliant, as is the essay on Nyssa or "Science Princess FTW"). Companion Piece moves way beyond the common, oft-repeated fannish "wisdom" of long-time male Doctor Who fandom and gives the reader new ideas to consider. It even had me reconsidering my opinions about a couple of companions that I've never liked [Mel, Peri].This essay collection is highly recommended to all Doctor Who fans but also to anyone interested in Feminist film/literary/television critique, as well as anyone who just wants to read passionate, intelligent, essay-writing.The collection also is overwhelmingly positive, never strident. I loved that.Again, highly recommended.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-06-10 08:59 is the sixth of the Geek Girl Chronicles, and the third of them to collect essays by women about Doctor Who (following on from Chicks Dig Time Lords and Chicks Unravel Time). Published earlier this year, it is eligible for next year's Hugo nominations as Best Related Work; the first in the series won that category in 2011, and Mad Norwegian Press has had three more nominations since (Chicks Unravel Time, Chicks Dig Gaming and Queers Dig Time Lords).Obviously this is mainly going to appeal to Who fans with a decent knowledge of both Old and New Who, but I commend it to the rest of you anyway. I think the weakest essay here is better than the weakest ones in the two previous volumes; I think that there are a couple of really standout pieces (the para I quote above is from "Scheherazade and Galahad in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks", by Mags L. Halliday, which was one of my favourites); and I think that the best of them relate the ongoing story of Doctor Who to wider cultural and literary trends in a way that should be relevant to anyone with an interest in the genre.

  • Erika
    2019-05-23 12:56

    A collection of essays examining the many and various companions that have traveled with the Doctor over the years. I read the earlier collection, Chicks Dig Time Lords and really enjoyed it so I was happy to get my hands on this one and it did not disappoint.I have to admit I am a Classic Who fan and not a New Who fan at all, so I found the older companions much easier and interesting to read about but all of the essays were well written and make interesting points. Some covered the same companions but from a different perspective and it was fun and informative seeing how two different people could form such radically different opinions about the same companion or even the same costumes. To me there seemed to be a fair coverage between New Who and Classic Who companions, so there should be plenty for fans of each and no companion seemed to be lost in the shuffle.A must read for Doctor Who fans.

  • Christina
    2019-05-18 14:09

    These are the people who can't ever tell me too much about Doctor Who. They're just the best, in general and at pointing out interesting things about one of my favorite shows. Plus, short essays. So much easier to read in pieces than full-length academia-type books.

  • Kerry
    2019-05-24 13:58

    An interesting collection of essays on the companions of Doctor Who, ranging from reminiscences to more academic pieces. It's well worth a read, but not my favourite of the Mad Norwegian Press books.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-03 06:56

    Picked up a copy at Gallifrey One and am very excited to read it (though I have already, predictably, read the essay about Polly and enjoyed it).