Fan of the Month
November 2014: Rachael
Q. First off, how and when did you become a Doctor Who fan?
A. "It's like when you're a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can't quite believe it 'cause everything looks like it's standing still. I can feel it the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go..." That quote really got to me. I was only 7 at the time but I remember hearing it and I felt that I was actually there, that the Doctor was speaking those words to me. From then on, I guess I was hooked.
Q. Peter Capaldi's debut series as the Twelfth Doctor reached its dramatic conclusion this month. What did you think of its epic two-part finale, and what are your highlights of the series as a whole?
A. It was all quite sad really wasn't it ? Not that that's a bad thing. With Osgood's death and Danny's death and the Doctor getting his hopes up about finding Gallifrey only to be shot down and then him actually hitting the TARDIS and crying... That scene killed me! By far the saddest thing of all in that episode was the Doctor saying "no more lying" and then assuming Danny was alive. He told Clara he had found Gallifrey so she could live a happy life with Danny without feeling guilty about leaving the Doctor all on his own. By trying to hide there pain from the other, the Doctor and Clara have both caused themselves more pain without even knowing, which is really sad. Hopefully they'll patch it up come Christmas. After all, not even Doctor Who can be sad at Christmas... can it?
Q. Missy's identity was finally revealed in the climactic closing moments of Dark Water. Was her surprising reveal the twist to end all twists?
A. It was a great twist but it was also kind of obvious. That doesn't matter though, because the Masters is back and she's amazing, funny and as mad as ever! I do love that Missy is a sort of demented Mary Poppins. It makes perfect sense. because Mary Poppins' bag was bigger on the inside after all. How I dream of Missy having a Cockney chimney sweep as a companion! John Simm's Master will always be my personal favourite and I must admit that I wanted to see him again, but Doctor Who is all about change and what signifies change better then a female Master?
Q. Michelle Gomez has confirmed that Missy will be back with a vengeance in Series 9 next year. Are you looking forward to seeing her return?
A. Of course I am! The Master is one of my all time favourite characters and Doctor Who would not the same without her/him. Michelle Gomez is a great actress and portrays Missy perfectly. I Missy her already! I hope we find out more about the Master and the Doctor, for example when they were younger back on Gallifrey and how they went from being friends to enemies. I would love a spin off with the Master played by Sebastian De Souza and a younger version of the first Doctor played by Craig Roberts. Far fetched I know, but I can dream.
Q. While Missy's future has been secured, Clara Oswald's currently remains up in the air. We know she'll be back in the Christmas Special next month, but what do you think the future holds for our impossible girl?
A. All I can think about when I think about Clara is Orson Pink and how it was made blatantly obvious that he is a descendent of Clara and Danny. Now that Danny's dead, it must mean that Clara is already pregnant. This, mixed with the rumours that she'll b eleaving after Christmas, make me very concerned. There are still lot of unanswered questions about Clara and to say I'd be disappointed if she left next month would be an understatement. If I'm completely honest, I wasn't too keen on Clara in Series 7 as I felt her character was flat and lacked any real substance. She has received immense character development throughout Series 8 though, and I loved her more each episode.
Q. Speaking of Doctor Who companions, is there any of the Doctor's faithful allies - past or present - that you particularly relate to and if so, why?
A. I am probably not as brave as anyone in Doctor Who but I suppose, like most of the Whoniverse, I can relate to the dearly departed Osgood, although I'm not as smart as her. I also relate to Rose Tyler because she was a bored working class girl who ended up having the most amazing life. As she was my first companion, I only really knew as much about the Doctor as she did, so when the Ninth Doctor regenerated, I was just as shocked as she was! I really looked up to her when I was a kid.
Q. If you could travel back in time to meet one historical figure, who would it be and why?
A. It would have to be Albert Einstein. I think he was an in incredible genius and he also seemed like he was quite funny and eccentric too. I find it admirable that, despite his intelligence, he admired creativity more then anything. I also look up to him because he was dyslexic, as am I, and people probably thought he was stupid when he was younger, but he proved them all wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if Einstein is good friends with the Doctor!
Q. Describe what being part of the Doctor Who fandom means to you in 12 words or less.
A. Hartnell. Troughton. Pertwee. Baker. Davison. Baker. McCoy. Mcgann. Eccleston. Tennant. Smith. Capaldi.
Q. Finally, is there anything else you'd like to say before you go?
A. I feel bad for leaving out John Hurt, but you did only say 12 words. One day WhovianNet, you will just be a story. But that's all right, becausewe're all stories in the end. You are certainly a good one.
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