Fan of the Month
September 2010
September 2010: Vanessa

Q. First off, how did you become a Doctor Who fanatic?
A. According to one of my parents, I was already watching Doctor Who when I was 3 years old. Though I don't remember it. I started watching Doctor Who again when it was revived in the new series, but it was a wibbly wobbly timey wimey experience for me because I never saw the episodes in sequence, probably because it was not shown during prime time. I can't remember my first Doctor Who episode I reckon it was Age of Steel, though if you were to count the ones I watch when I was three, then I really don't know. So, I was probably a Whovian since 1988. Yet, it was the day BBC Entertainment decided to televise Doctor Who Series 1 (2005) again on May 13th 2010 that I was really really converted and ended up streaming the whole series 1-4 in less than 5 days.

Q. Last month we discovered that Doctor Who will be split into two parts next year, airing over spring and autumn 2011. What do you think about this? Have you got any theories regarding Episode 7's 'Earth-shattering' cliffhanger?

A. I weigh 50-50 on this issue. A part of me wonders if it's a publicity stunt to garner more excitement and interest and perhaps to raise the appreciation index, because after all, the longer people wait, the more curious and anticipated they become and are more likely to tune in and in greater numbers. There'll also probably be more talk of DW theories during the break. Another part of me, reckons it's a passable idea because it streches the wonderful Doctor Who experience through the year. A couple of episodes in spring followed by a 3-month break, another couple of episodes, another 3-month-break and voila the Christmas special.

Q. In Series 5 we saw a new Doctor, a new companion, new friends and new foes. What were your personal series highlights and why?

A. The highlights of series 5 was Eleventh Hour, an episode I kept going back to watch again and again to check for more clues towards the story arc. The story arc itself was great. Despite missing 10, I like 11's eccentric professor-like outfit and demeanor.

Q. Which of the Doctor's companions (1963-2010) do you relate to most and why?

A. I relate most to, a cross between Donna and Rose. I work part-time in a theatre and I'm at an age where such a freelance job is not as fantastic in society. So sometimes I feel like I'm Donna; waiting for something; a blue box perhaps. Just waiting. And sometimes, I feel that I'm Rose; because at the end of the day, what's the universe about. There is so much more out there then just going to work, watching telly and eating chips.

Q. If you could spend a day as a Doctor Who villian, who/what would it be and why?

A. I would like to be an angel because I think it's fantastic how you can feed off the essence of someone's timeline by just transporting or wiping him off his own.

Q. How will you be feeding your Doctor Who withdrawal symptoms until Christmas?

A. Probably watching repeats of DW, listening to DW soundtracks, following DW news on twitter, 'making' DW images, 'making' DW videos.

Q. Would you say there's anything in your life that has been directly affected by Doctor Who?

A. Philosophically, sometimes I feel that I have forgetten something and that my soul in this universe feels really old and is part of something bigger. So, in a way, I relate to the Doctor. 'Doomsday' directly affected me too, because it left me silent for a whole day after watching it.

Q. If you had your own TARDIS, when/where would you journey to and why?
A. I would break all time-travelling rules and journey into a parallel universe where the Doctor was real and not a character from a BBC series. Why? As said by the Doctor in 'Journey's End' - 'Does it need saying?'

Q. Anything else you'd like to add before you go?
A. My facebook profile photo has the re-anacted wall scene from Doomsday featuring the Doctor and me, which whovians have commented to be brill and peeps who don't know Doctor Who to love it too and think it to be real. I plan to go to UK in 2013 for the DW 50th anniversary. Who's with me?