Fan of the Month
September 2014: Suzanne
Q. First off, how and when did you become a Doctor Who fan?
A. It was around the mid-970s when my local PBS station picked up this strange little British show starring a mad alien who wore an enormous scarf, chasing other aliens who were made of bubble wrap and paint... And I was hooked! I got teased a bit, but I didn't care. Being part of a "fandom" wasn't part of our lives back then, unless you were a Beatles fan. I've stuck with it, obtaining my Who quite illegally until they started it on telly in the US! Hooray! A big hooray to BBC America, as well!
Q. Doctor Who returned to our screens last month when we were finally introduced to Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. What did you think of the feature-length premiere Deep Breath, and what have been your highlights of the series thus far?
A. I was so looking forward to Mr. Capaldi's turn in the TARDIS, and I thought that Deep Breath was quite good. I even went to the cinema to see it again! I love the fact that 12 is quite brusk, plus he's not a dreamy love interest (even though I find him very handsome). Let's leave all of that to 10! Poor Clara though, I can't imagine her dismay.
Q. A new series means a brand new story arc and there's already an interesting one developing around Michelle Gomez as the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere, otherwise known as 'Missy'. Have you concocted any of your own theories about who she might be?
A. I'm not treally sure, since Steven Moffat leads you in one direction then drags you, kicking and screaming, in a completely opposite one! I will say, however, I believe her to be the Rani, but it's only us old folks who think so. She's definitely not River!
Q. Clara met her new colleague Danny Pink - played by Samuel Anderson - in Episode 2, Into the Dalek. What are your first impressions of the new recurring character?
A. He's strong, but not confident. He will be the love interest to keep the teenagers and 20's watching. I'm sure there will end up being another woman with Danny aboard the TARDIS, if he becomes a semi-permanent fixture.
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 golden memories will you cherish from the show's momemtous 50th anniversary year?
A. I finally went to my first conventions in the 50th year (hey, I had kids to raise!), where I met some truly amazing people. I watched the 50th at a hotel with a whole bunch of people I was acquainted with and found out that they, too, were Whovians. Awesome! I was totally excited about the return of my two Doctors, 4 and 10! It was a great year that I'll always remember.
Q. If you could own one prop from the series, what would it be and why?
A. It would be 4's scarf, I believe, though it's a tie between that and 10's Sonic. 4 wins out for historical value because it was the first thing I remember about the Doctor. It's also how I would describe to others what I was watching, and that they should, too. "Have you seen that British sci-fi show on PBS? The one with the guy with the floppy hat and the really long scarf? You should watch it! Seriously!"
Q. Is there any Doctor Who companion - past or present - that you particularly relate to?
A. Donna Noble is my companion. A ginger, ffirst off, like me. She wasn't a heavy woman, but she certainly wasn't a little stick of a thing. She treated the Doctor as her equal and she was strong, sad, smart yet daft, and a true friend to our Doctor. Her story ended sadly for us but, I think, in the end, she had a good life.
Q. Describe what being part of the Doctor Who fandom means to you in 12 words or less.
A. Friendship, camaraderie, excitement, joy, love, family. That is what it means!
Q. Finally, is there anything else you'd like to say before you go?
A. Your site is fun and informative, especially to those of us non-UK folks! I think you should choose me just due to my life-long commitment o our Doctor, no matter which regeneration each of us loves. I am a Whovian, and damn proud of it!
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