Lockdown: The Doctor Who Fans' Survival Guide is a new 50 minute documentary, hosted by Ace herself, Sophie Aldred, about how Doctor Who fans around the world have coped with life during the current global pandemic.
Produced by Reeltime Pictures, which is responsible for the incredible Myth Makers series of interviews with Doctor Who cast and crew, Lockdown is an uplifting overview of the joy of having a hobby during such trying times.
A call went out to members of Doctor Who fandom to submit footage of what they had been up during the long months of being required to stay in their homes.
Shot on mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and cameras, this footage is linked by material featuring Sophie Aldred, best known as fan-favourite companion Ace to Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor, shot at The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi in Allendale, Northumberland.
From cosplay to cooking, art to crafting, singing to writing, and performing skits to binge watching Doctor Who, the documentary touches on the many ways creative fans have not only kept themselves entertained but also managed to involve - and check in on - other members of the community, while still remaining within safety guidelines.
Of particular interest to me, because of my hoarding tendencies, I loved the glimpses of people's various collections, which ranged from neatly archived DVDs of Doctor Who episodes and action figures right up to full-on Doctor Who-themed man-caves, complete with life-sized Daleks, Cybermen etc.
There was definitely some 'collection envy' from this neck of the woods.
Written and directed by Roger Stevens, Lockdown isn't an in-depth documentary, rather a fillip for these dark times, a good natured - even occasionally self-deprecating - celebration of the unifying power of fandom, even when its members are forced to stay at home.
The DVD includes a quarter of an hour behind-the-scenes package, following cameraman/producer Keith Barnfather as he films the linking segments with Sophie Aldred in and around the well-stocked sci-fi museum.
While not 'required viewing', Lockdown: The Doctor Who Fans' Survival Guide is a lovely reminder that in this day and age if you have a hobby or fandom you need never be bored or feel alone, no matter what the circumstances outside of your home.