April 2015: Oliver
Q. Firstly, how and when did you become a Doctor Who?
A. I became a Doctor Who fan when I was about 9. I was forced to sit down in front of the TV in the small living room because my father used to watch the Classic Series as a child, so he was passing it down the generations. I remember first watching The Runaway Bride, on Christmas Day. We had just finished eating our dinner and my Dad realised that it was not a repeat of an old episode but a brand new series. So he gathered me, my Mother and himself all around the TV and I watched in awe of the Doctor and his magical police box, which was bigger on the inside. I later found out about the Classic era and Christopher Eccleston's run and I was hooked. I still love it as much as then, and possibly more, to this day!
Q. If you could have one prop from the set of the series, which would it be?
A. Definitely the Siege Mode TARDIS from the Series 8 episode Flatline! It's just so mysterious, however I disagree with the people who compare it to a mini Pandorica. If you look closely, you can see the etched out Gallifreyan markings. It's just a beautiful object from a beautifully stunning episode.
Q. The revived series of Doctor Who turned 10 years old last month which means that time really DOES fly when you're having fun! What have been your favourite memories from the last decade of time and space? There's been an awful lot of running...
A. There are an infinite amount of answers for this question. For the Ninth Doctor, it's when it took him some time to realise that the London Eye was a transmitter to activate the Autons.
Also, when the Tenth Doctor is inadvertently cloned by Donna touching the Doctor's spare hand, resulting in his metacrisis waking up stark naked (although that might just be memorable for all the wrong reasons!).
I also love the Eleventh Doctor's momentous speech atop Stonehenge to the alien fleet surrounding him, and the War Doctor realising that he's never alone, thanks to the motivation of Bad Wolf. For the Twelfth Doctor, it's when Rusty proclaimed to the Doctor that, while the Dalek itself was no longer one, the Doctor himself was 'a good Dalek'.
Q. It's always fun to delve into the past but it's even more exciting to look ahead to the future, and for Doctor Who fans it certainly is an exciting one! We've a brand new string of adventures on the way this autumn so what are your hopes and wishes for Series 9?
A. I want to see a lot of things in Series 9. I want to see the Twelfth Doctor travelling alone for a few episodes to see how this would affect his persona.
I would also love to see an episode with the premise of comparing the differences between the Doctor and the Master to see whether or not they're so different after all.
Furthermore, I would love to see more of Jamie Mathieson, who wrote Mummy on the Orient Express and Flatline, which are my two favourite episodes of Series 8 by far.
Q. The Series 9 premiere will be a two parter called The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar and, just in case that wasn't exciting enough, it will also feature the return of Michelle Gomez as the malevolent Missy. Are you looking forward to seeing her again, and what do you think she's got in store for the Doctor and Clara this time? Say something nice...
A. This, to me, is brilliant news, I love two-parters because the suspense always grows to extreme heights throughout the week of anticipation. Plus the fact that Missy is returning is an added bonus. She was impeccable in the season finale and I can't wait to see what tricks she has up her purple sleeve this time. Judging by the titles, she is definitely going to be central to the story, especially the second part. She might be controlling Clara to bring her over to 'the dark side', if you know what I mean.
Q. Speaking of Clara, Steven Moffat has revealed this month that she was originally going to leave at the end of Series 8... but then Jenna Coleman changed her mind! Are you happy that she did? What should lie ahead for our impossible girl in the next series?
A. I'm not really fussed about when Jenna wanted to leave. Series 8 was her strongest series because she had much more character development, although some would like to disagree. I hope to see an edgier side to Clara in Series 9. Hopefully all the lies will have disappeared after what happened in Last Christmas.
Q. It has also been confirmed that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams will be guest starring in the new series as a mysterious character "who will challenge the Doctor in unexpected ways". What are your thoughts? A younger version of Clara? River Song? Someone else entirely!? Tell us your theories...
A. I do like the idea of Maisie becoming a younger version of Clara, or an alter ego perhaps, a bit like the Eleventh Doctor and Mr Clever in Nightmare in Silver. I think River's story is over and she shouldn't return. I can't wait to see what Maisie Williams has to offer as I love her in Game of Thrones, so I am keeping my hopes up!
Q. The Doctor once visited a hotel which had a room for every visitor that contained their deepest, darkest fears. What would be in your room?
A. In my room would have to be nothing, just emptiness and loneliness. I hate being alone, so being the last person alive on Earth would be a scary situation for me.
Q. Finally, is there anything else you'd like to say before you go?
I just want to say, I cannot wait to Series 9 and I'm loving Capaldi's Doctor right now. Well done to New Doctor Who for hitting the milestone of 10 years. Here's to the next 5 billion! Thanks for reading this. Bye!