Title: Adventures with the wife in Space
Author: Neil Perryman
Opening lines: ‘…This story begins in a static caravan that was not, I can promise you, bigger on the inside …’
We enjoy watching Doctor Who in our family but it is not necessarily compulsory watching – I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to a convention or make a bet with my spouse to watch every single episode ever made and blog about it as we went. Neil Perryman did. He says he is not a real whovian – but when compared to my family I think he might be.
The title ADVENTURES WITH THE WIFE IN SPACE comes from Neil Perryman’s blog of the same title. Neil managed to convince his wife Sue to watch all of the classic Doctor Who episodes with him, while blogging about the experience and her reactions to each episode so for almost 3 years the blog followed the progress through the all the available Doctor Who episodes. Now I have to confess I did keep an eye on the blog from time to time and enjoyed it and wondered how on earth the snappy repartee between Sue and her husband was going to come over in print form. However, there is much more to the book than just rehashing the watching and commenting on the episodes – as amusing as they were. Instead Neil has padded it out with his life story, his childhood, his teens, meeting Sue and becoming her husband and their parenting adventures. He also links these stories into how his enjoyment of Doctor Who played in his life. So these extra stories pad out the necessary duplication of the blog posts and add a dimension that is not found on the blog – the human element.
However, I found that the focus of the book meandered a bit and I think this was because the two main elements, the blog and real life, didn’t want to be neatly blending into a cohesive unit. While the Doctor Who timeline went forwards the reminiscing was all over the place and got a little confusing. There was humour – mostly with Sue’s comments on the show – and I really enjoyed them, agreeing with many of them, but as a whole unit the book just didn’t gel enough to be a wow read for me. I would certainly recommend the book for any Doctor Who fan as there is a wealth of knowledge about the series contained within its pages.
Oh – and I don’t like daleks either – never have, never will.
Rating: D – Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish whatever redeemable aspects there were to this book, they were not fleshed out enough for me to truly enjoy it.
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