Fan of the Month
May 2011
May 2011: Ian

Q. How and when did you become a fan of Doctor Who?
A. My introduction to Doctor Who was, like many of my generation, through 2005's 'Rose'. I was hooked from the very beginning - everything about it just screamed "Wow!" to my ten year-old self! Since then, my enthusiasm for the show has climbed higher and higher, and one of my ambitions is to contribute to the show in some way when I'm older; as an editor, writer, director or maybe even producer.

Q. Series 6 of Doctor Who is finally here! How's it been for you so far? Got any theories you'd like to share?
A. Before Series Six arrived, my favourite was Series Five. I won't be able to comment on whether Six has beaten Five until all thirteen episodes have aired, of course, but so far it's been very good indeed! I love the various plots threads that need to be tied up - it's an excellent way of keeping viewers like me even more hooked throughout! I don't really have a lot of major theories, but I'm looking forward to finding out what's going on with the Eye Patch Lady, the astronaut, the little girl, River Song, the Cybermen...

Q. One of the biggest mysteries of recent years will be resolved this series, as we'll soon find out who River Song really is! Who do you think she might be?
A. Okay - one theory I do have is the following (probably totally wrong, of course!). What if Amy's child is River Song? That would be very interesting indeed. But, like I said, I could be way off...

Q. Which of the Doctor's companions - past or present - would you get on best with and why?
A. Turlough. I don't know quite why though! Maybe it's because of the unique way he was introduced - as an assassin to kill the Doctor! Yeah, I'd get on with him. Not that I'm a budding assassin, of course.

Q. An alien invasion is underway and, as a UNIT officer, you have been given special access to the top secret Project Indigo, which teleports you to where you most want to be. Where does it take you?
A. To the BBC's Engineering Department, before they wiped ANY Doctor Who master videotapes. I'd love to be able to save them.

Q. Elisabeth Sladen sadly passed away on 19th April, and the BBC have subsequently decided to end The Sarah Jane Adventures. Do you think this is the right decision? What are your favourite memories of both Sarah Jane and Elisabeth?
A. I do think ending the series was the right thing to do. How could it continue without Sarah Jane herself? Of course, we've got the three completed stories (six episodes) of Series Five to look forward to. One of my favourite Sarah Jane moments is in School Reunion, when she's arguing with Rose about who's had the best travels in the TARDIS.

Q. Jack and Gwen will be back on our screens this summer in a brand new series of Torchwood! Will you be tuning in?
A. Yeah! I'm immensely looking forward to this new series of Torchwood. It will be very interesting to see how it's different to previous series, and the storyline sounds interesting too!

Q. Would you say there's anything in your life that has been directly affected by Doctor Who?
A. Yes. My entire career ambition, as I mentioned previously. If I can (starting with my highest ambition) write, produce, direct or edit an episode of Doctor Who, my life will be complete.

Q. Finally, is there anything else you'd like to say before you go? Are Stetsons cool?
A. Yes they are. And I'll tell you one other thing that's cool: Doctor Who. Yes, Doctor Who is cool.