Ack! As busy as I've been today, I almost forgot to do Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #83: Your Favorite Things!
This is my favorite thing of the moment, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine. What makes it so special, aside from the fact that the Eleventh Doctor's adventures began on the BBC yesterday (aside from a one minute scene on New Year's Day), is that I'm now a subscriber. This just came in the mail on Friday, only a few days after UK subscribers got it. Buying it at Borders or Barnes and Noble, I would have had to wait two months.
Aside from my Doctor Who addiction, what's the big deal? First off, it's just a really well done magazine. It covers the entire 47-year history of the show with depth, humor and real scholarship. Every month there are interviews with people involved in the making of the show, some recently, some not. There are substantive articles on stories last aired twenty, thirty or forty years ago, and overview articles about one aspect or character in the show. There is even geeky satire for long-time fans like me, who know why it's funny to mention the Rani or the the phrase "five rounds rapid." It's the Guinness-certified longest running magazine about a tv show, and the top selling sf media magazine in the world. And it deserves to be.
DWM (as it's called) publishes 13 issues a year plus four specials. Each issue costs about $8 or $9 in the bookstore, having been imported from across the Pond. The specials cost more than that. When you multiply it out, the approximately $140 U.S. subscription cost doesn't look too bad, especially if there's a birthday check from Dad to pay for most of it. Add in the joy of reading about an episode just before it airs and a poll that's still open for input rather than finding out two months later, and it turns out that for a serious Doctor Who fan like me, it's totally worth it.
As you can see, Cayenne is excited about it too. Well, maybe not!