Fan of the Month
January 2011
January 2011: Lindsay

Q. First off, how did you become a Doctor Who fanatic?
A. I was going through a really difficult time in my family. I used to stay up really late until everyone went to bed so that I could just cool off and have some alone time. I was flipping channels one night and discovered it on PBS at midnight. I watched it because I loved other British shows, but had never even heard of it. From then on, I stayed up until midnight every Saturday to watch it, because no matter what was going on that day, the show made me forget it for an hour and cheered me up. I wished so much that one day the TARDIS would show up on my street, doors open, and that I could just run away from it all. But I felt like in a sense, that's what the show gave me. An escape where the Doctor could always save the day. One of my dreams is to someday meet RTD, Moffat, and David Tennant (who was the Doctor at the time) and just thank them for that, because I was at a really dark point in my life and Doctor Who just became a stepping stone to pulling me out of it.

Q. Have you got any Doctor Who related New Year's resolutions for 2011?
A. I am most definitely watching every episode of Series 6 live...which may not sound like a big deal, but I don't get BBC America at my college so that will require driving home every weekend to watch. But it's so worth it.

Q. Amy Pond first met the Doctor when the TARDIS crash landed in her garden when she was 7 years old. How would you react if you were in her position? Would you want to jump aboard for a new life of adventure or would you run inside your house screaming and lock the door?
A. It would depend. If I was aware that it was the Doctor and knew who he was, I would run so fast that no one could catch me. But if I didn't know him, I would probably lock my doors and be scared to death. Possibly call 9-1-1. Now that would be an interesting situation.

Q. Which past or present Doctor Who character do you relate most to and why?
A. Like Rose, sometimes I feel like my life is fairly dull and repetitive: class, eat, work, sleep, start again. And I just want to break away and see everything else that this world has to offer me. However, I am also like Amy A LOT personality wise and as explained before, there have been times when I have just wanted to run away because I thought that I couldn't handle it. And like her, I think that I'm a lot stronger than I tell myself I am... if that makes sense.

Q. 2011 promises to be a year full of drama for the Doctor, Amy and Rory, and it looks like we're finally going to learn who River Song really is. Do you have any of your own theories regarding her true identity?
A. I'm fairly sure that River Song is his future wife, but this is Steven Moffatt we are talking about! There's no possible way that it's that simple. He's got some other crazy twist up his sleeve, even if that's just a part of it. I'm not gonna try and guess the Moff!

Q. Did you enjoy A Christmas Carol?
A. I immensely enjoyed it! It captured the wonder of Doctor Who with the magic of Christmas in a beautiful and humorous way. Normally, I would say, "Flying fish? And she has to SING to them?! That's beautiful???". But once again I say, don't question the Moff. It was defiantly my favorite of all the Christmas specials.

Q. Is there anything in your life that has been directly affected by Doctor Who? Has the series changed how you see the world? Maybe it's instigated a belief that there IS life out there in the stars?
A. Doctor Who has had such a huge impact on my life. It's acted as therapy for me. When all the drama within my family was going on, I was incredibly depressed and quiet most of the time, having breakdowns on a weekly basis. But then I found Doctor Who, and it literally restored the hope and joy in my life. No matter how bad and impossible things got, everything always turned out okay. I felt like Doctor Who picked me up off the ground, dusted me off, and told me to keep going. I don't know what would have happened if I didn't have that in my life. Doctor Who has also given me a hunger to see my world. There are so many wonders out there that I probably can't even imagine. My dream is to leave my home and see it all one day. Lastly, it also reminded me of what's important. And it's funny, but episodes have actually correlated with what is going on in my life somewhat. For example, last summer was the last summer with all my high school friends. Right after we had one of our last sleepovers together, the Series 5 finale came on and while it all was brilliant, the part that really stuck with me was the Doctor's quote, "We're all just stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was you know. It was the best". I told it to my friends who don't even watch the show, and it made them cry, yet it acted as a lightbulb moment for our friend group. Yes, the moment is sad, but remember all of the amazing times we had. Without even trying, we had created some of the best memories, stories to tell our future children. But there's new chapters to be written, so we must move on.

Q. Jack and Gwen will also be back on our screens later in the year for the fourth series of Torchwood. Are you looking forward to its return? The Sarah Jane Adventures will also be back in the autumn. Will you be welcoming the gang back with open arms?
A. I cannot wait for Torchwood! However, I don't get Starz, so I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to watch it. After reading the information about it as it's been coming out, RTD is at his best! To be honest, I haven't watched The Sarah Jane Adventures before. It doesn't come on TV in the US (as far as I'm aware), but I'm sure that if it did, I would be watching.

Q. Anything else you'd like to say before you go?
A. Doctor Who has done so much for me: it has helped me through difficult times, it has brought me so much happiness, and it has changed my life. My dream is to one day tell everyone who works on Doctor Who that, and be able to thank them personally.