Fan of the Month
March 2014
March 2014: Tom

Q. Firstly, how and when did you become a Doctor Who fan?

A. I started watching just as the revived series began in 2005. It's shocking to believe that even though my grandad told me to watch the show, I was so close to turning off the TV as that first episode, Rose, came on, I saw Rose just travelling around living the normal life of a human, then I saw the Doctor. I saw what he did and who he was. And I was instantly devoted to Doctor Who. So the TV stayed on and now, so many years on, I am thankful for my mind telling me to stay seated on that sofa.

Q. 2014 will be an exciting year for Doctor Who with a full, interrupted series featuring Peter Capaldi as our brand new Doctor! What attributes do you think Peter will bring to his incarnation of the iconic role?
A. I think Peter will resemble the First Doctor (William Hartnell). I liked that he was grumpy and straightforward and defended himself and his companions against his foes. The Doctor should be portrayed as even more dangerous and not to be messed with. Peter Capaldi ticks all those boxes.

Q. And what do you think of his costume? Described as "sharp, smart and stylish", does our new Doctor dress to impress?
A. I love the new costume. I liked that each Doctor has their own feature with their costume, such as a piece of celery or, of course, a bow tie! But I think Peter's costume is good because there isn't really anything he can mess around. I love a quirky Doctor but Peter really doesn't seem that type. It sounds silly but I believe the Doctor's costume shows his emotions. For example, Tom Baker always wore that scarf and his suit was the best! All the colours of his scarf and suit showed that he was a joyful and funny incarnation of the Doctor.

Q. Last month we found out that actor Samuel Anderson will be joining Series 8 as a new recurring character called Danny Pink. Are you looking forward to welcoming a new addition to the TARDIS or do you think three's a crowd?
A. It's about time we had a new and fresh face joining the TARDIS crew! Danny Pink is a great name for a companion and Samuel Anderson is a great actor. I'm so intrigued to know how we meet Danny but I'm hoping he's not going to be the 'chicken' type like Mickey and Rory when we first met them. I wouldn't mind if six or seven companions travelled with the Doctor at the same time. I think a male and female companion with the Doctor is the perfect TARDIS team and what I truly can't wait to see is exactly how Clara and Danny get on. Will there be a new romantic connection in the TARDIS? Or will they sometimes argue with each other and not get on? Now that would be entertaining!

Q. 2013 was a fantastic year for Doctor Who as fans around the world celebrated half a century of adventures in space and time. What special memories will you cherish from the show's momemtous 50th anniversary year?
A. I spent the whole of the year watching all the Classic Series episodes and I loved every moment. I think the greatest memory I will cherish from last year was actually getting to meet Matt Smith. I was present when they filmed The Day of the Doctor on Trafalgar Square in London and as they had finished, Matt and Jenna spoke to the fans and shook our hands. I got to hold the Sonic Screwdriver used for that episode and I instantly felt like fainting! After that day I couldn't stop watching any Matt Smith episodes. He was my favorite Doctor! I don't know why but the night The Day of the Doctor aired, seeing all the incarnations in the episode made me cry with happiness. The feels of being a Whovian. I love it!

Q. Which Classic Series monster which HASN'T already been brought back in the revived series would you like to see make a return and why?
A. I would love to see the return of The Sensorites. I recently watched their story which aired in 1963 and I think we should see more of them. We've only met them once and I would like to know more about them. I would love to see the Doctor travel to the Sense-Sphere and also if the Ood were to return, I'd like to see the Ood and Sensorites meet each other. I don't think six episodes and one story was enough for the Sensorites. I hope their story is not over and that there is more to them than meets the eye.

Q. Would you say that there is anything in your life that has been directly affected by Doctor Who?
A. People say to me that I need to grow up from being an obsessive Doctor Who fan. I walk around my local town a lot of the time saying some of the Doctor's quotes and people just stare and think "Who is this guy?! He's a little strange." But you know what? I don't care! Because I'm a Whovian and I am PROUD to be one. Nobody will ever take the Whoniverse away from me!

Q. What would you say is the best thing about being a Doctor Who fan? It's a toughie, we know!
A. Sometimes Doctor Who is hope for me. It is also my inspiration which encourages me to want to learn about the wonders of the universe and about Earth's history. That's the best thing about being a Doctor Who fan, it makes you want to, well... travel in time! That's what makes me so proud to be a Doctor Who fan above all else. Aside from all the fun of time and space, it also educates you.

Q. Anything else you'd like to say before you go? Any passing remarks? We've heard them all...
A. When I grow old and have children, I want the Doctor to be part of their lives. I want to tell them about the time I fell in love with a mad man in a blue box and watched as he travelled and battled hundreds of aliens and monsters. They might not believe me at first, but when they learn about how magnificent the Doctor really is, I think their eyes will be glued to the TV screen as soon as Doctor Who comes on. To think, all this love for Doctor Who came in 2005 when my granddad switched on the TV for me and told me to watch something on the BBC whilst he went to fetch a pint of milk. That is my story and that is what I want my children to know. Thank you, Doctor Who. You've changed my life and made it so much more fun and exciting!