November 2013: Juliana
Q. Firstly, how did you become a Doctor Who fan?
A. My favorite fan artist kept throwing these Doctor Who fan arts in my face and then I was seeing Doctor Who all over the internet. So I figured the universe was conspiring me to be a part of something greater than me, but I was reluctant to be absorbed into it. The pull was stronger than me and the moment the Doctor said "Run" for the first time to Rose Tyler, I knew I was a goner.
Q. We've finally made it! Doctor Who officially turns 50 years old this month and there's lots of timey-wimey goodness to go round as the worldwide celebrations continue. Have you been enjoying all the buzz of the build up?
A. Oh yes! I don't do big, but the anniversary brought a change of heart for me. I've been trying to see things the Doctor way, with wonder and amazement, less cynicism. I'm watching the world through 3D lenses and it's fantastic. Also, every little thing seems to be a subtle reference to Doctor Who these days!
Q. The centerpiece of the festivities will be The Day of the Doctor which will broadcast around the world on Saturday 23rd November. What are your hopes for the landmark special and will you be watching it at home or in the cinema?
A. After begging and moping and passionate emails to my local movie theater, I've convinced them to try to get the special in my city - and it worked! I'm still on a high about it.
Q. One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the special is John Hurt's Doctor. We're sure you've concocted your own theory about who he is. Tell us it below!
A. Besides what we can gather from The Night of The Doctor, I have this theory that the War Doctor, despite going into battle to prevent the Time War, will be the catalyst of a chain of catastrophies.
Q. The episode will also feature the returns of David Tennant and Billie Piper as the Tenth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler. Are you happy to see them back?
A. Yes! Yes, yes. Also, yes. Stand still my heart beating heart.
Q. What are you doing to prepare yourself for the big day? A Who marathon, perhaps? Maybe you're planning your own 50th anniversary party? Save us a slice of Dalek cake!
A. A marathon is a given. All my favorite episodes, which basically means popping any random episode and loving every second of it! Also, a physical and mental preparation, because my body can't take this much excitment without keeling over.
Q. Saturday 23rd November 2013 will also mark 50 years of Doctor Who's accompanying fandom. Would you say your life has been directly affected by being an honourary Whovian?
A. It has changed my world view. Really. I like to say my life has two distinct phases, pre-Doctor Who and post-Doctor Who. And the second part is so much brighter.
Q. What would you say is the secret behind Doctor Who's ongoing success?
A. Its capacity to renew itself. It may sound clichéd, but every generation has its own concept of what it means to be a hero, what is worth fighting for, its own dillemas. And Doctor Who could never be outdated, because it's constantly adapting to these views. The Doctor represents everyone at some point in their lifes. It is timeless and magical, and the Doctor is always there to remind us that we can be timeless and magical too.
Q. Finally, anything else you'd like to say before you go?
A. Allons-y, Alonso!