Included below is information on the new book Whovian Dad: Doctor Who Fandom, Fatherhood and Whovian Family Values from author and journalist Pete May. Buy on Amazon HERE.
As a child Pete May loved Doctor Who, even though his dad thought it was a bit rubbish. He kept faith through the wilderness years of 1989-2005, writing numerous features demanding the return of the Doctor, and when he had children himself he vowed to be the monster-loving dad he’d lacked. Luckily his kids shared his obsession (but would his wife?) as Doctor Who returned and he helped them through their first regeneration. On his Whovian voyage Pete meets the likes of Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, David Tennant, Elisabeth Sladen and the Brigadier. Other dads affect gravitas, but he has a Zygon coaster and a Dalek mousemat. Told with warmth and humour, this unofficial memoir is the tale of one human’s quest not to give up his sonic screwdriver
Whovian Dad, an unofficial memoir by Pete May, is now published on Kindle. Pete was inspired to write the book after the success of his Guardian article “Do the Daleks, Dad,” which explained why instilling Whovian values in his children was much more important than SATs or key stage four results.
The book covers his childhood watching the first ever William Hartnell episodes, his fear of Yetis and foaming seaweed with Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and the UNIT years, jelly babies with Tom Baker and the ‘pantomime’ years of the late 1980s, which actually contained the odd classic.
|Pete May and his daughters|
When Pete has children he agonises over whether he has the right to introduce them to wobbly sets and often great writing. But then Doctor Who returns in 2005 and he has to cope with his daughter crying, ”But he’s turned into a Beatle!” as Christopher Eccleston regenerates into David Tennant. Whovian Dad covers Matt Smith’s bow tie and the 50th anniversary celebrations and culminates with the author achieving his lifetime ambition of wielding a sonic screwdriver at an audience of Whovians at Loughton Library. This book should make readers laugh, play their old Doctor Who DVDs and reverse the polarity of the neutron flow. Resistance is useless.