February 2015: Nikki
Q. Firstly, how and when did you become a fan of Doctor Who?
A. I became a Doctor Who fan back when the show began on 23rd November 1963. I was only a teenager back then and I barely understood the means of science and technology. However, on that Saturday evening I was sitting with my my mother, father and my grandfather enjoying our roast dinner, I remember having only a few carrots to try as I wasn't keen.. Then, we switched on the television and around ten or so minutes later, the titles to a new science fiction show, Doctor Who, came on. There I sat bewildered as to what was happening on the television as some music was playing and the words "Doctor Who" appeared. That's when I remember my grandfather saying, "This is... different". So we all sat as a family and watched as the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara were introduced to us. But I think my family were more intrigued with the police box in the junkyard being a time machine. My grandfather was a police man himself, so all he was trying to figure out was whether any of the police boxes in London might be bigger on the inside. So after a few episodes, I really began to get interested and I remember rightfully saying, "I'm a real fan of Doctor Who! Did you see that Marco Polo episode?!" to my best friend on the Monday of school after the first episode of Marco Polo had aired. Nowadays, my friend and I still live in the same homes where we tuned in to the show when it began and what we find a real shame is that some of our favorite black and white episodes are missing, Marco Polo and The Power of the Daleks were the best stories, that's for sure.
Q. If you could have one prop from the set of the series, which would it be?
A. If they still had it then it would be Patrick Troughton's recorder. I had a natural love for music back in the early 60s to 70s and I did not go a day without enjoying playing my old recorder. To be able to hold or even play with Patrick's recorder would be a great honor. He will alwas be my favorite Doctor, after all.
Q. 2014 was a fantastic year for the show because it marked the official debut as Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. What did you think of his first high octane series at the helm of the TARDIS? It was certainly a rollercoaster, to say the least...
A. I believe Peter Capaldi had to do a lot to be accepted as the new Doctor. After years of the lovely Matt Smith and his bow tie, even I found it hard to accept that times had changed. But I believe my mind was set that Peter was excellent in his role as the Doctor as soon as Mummy on the Orient Express aired. That had to be my favorite episode of the series by far, I enjoyed the plot and most certainly liked the fact that the Doctor and Clara's travelling relationship was tested. The best thing to know on Doctor Who is that the Doctor doesn't just whisk a companion away from Earth to travel with him for the hell of it. They have to be an excellent addition to the TARDIS crew and the perfect fit for the Doctor. I actually feel that the Twelfth Doctor's connection with Clara is much better than what the connection was like between the Eleventh Doctor and Clara.
Q. Series 8 was only just the beginning, of course, because he'll be back on our screens this autumn for a brand new string of adventures. What are your hopes and wishes for Series 9?
A. The one thing I've always had high hopes for as each series has progressed is that the Doctor has another encounter with Omega. During Death in Heaven, the Doctor lied to Clara by saying that he found Gallifrey when of course he hadn't. I'd like to see the Doctor actually find Gallifrey during the ninth series. I believe a great plot would be for the Doctor to find that his home planet has been taken over by his worst fears. I do wish, however, that should Danny Pink return to the show alive in Series 9, that it doesn't focus on the relationship between him and Clara. Yes, I get that there are complications with time travel and your Earth life, but this has pretty much been the scenario of Doctor Who since it returned in 2005. I would like to see the show take a new direction, have travels in time and space and enjoy them without all the Earth drama along the way.
Q. There will be plenty of familiar faces coming along for the ride because Clara Oswald is sticking around and a little bird (OK, it was Michelle Gomez!) has told us that Missy will also be back with a vengeance. Are you looking forward to seeing them both again?
A. The twist that Steven Moffat wrote for Missy was fantastic during the eighth series of the show. I always wondered whether one day we'd meet a female incarnation of either the Doctor or the Master. I look forward to finding out how she returns because people at first believed she was vaporised in the Series 8 finale, but I always knew that she would come back. I'm quite intrigued to know where Missy fits in with the title of the Series 9 opening episode 'The Magician's Apprentice'. I really hope another return includes Osgood, I cannot believe that she was killed! If they can bring back Kate Stewart than surely they can bring back her! I always saw a potential future companion in Osgood so I really hope she returns and that the possibility of this companionship is explored.
Q. If all of that wasn't enough to get excited about, next month will also mark the 10th anniversary of the revived series - or 'NuWho', as it has come to be known - as the Doctor returned to our screens on 26th March 2005. How do you think the landmark should be commemorated?
A. Well, with no series of the show until the autumn, I would think that the best way would be a video compilation of all the Doctor's travels during the revived series with interviews of some of the show's most familiar actors/actresses since the show returned in 2005.
I once had a dream that Christopher Eccleston reprised his role as the Ninth Doctor and met the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. Even if it was just in a 10 minute special, it would be an epic way for the show to celebrate 10 years of NuWho.
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. I once had a nightmare about ice creams with massive eyes chasing me down the road, so an army of living Ice Creams would no doubt be in my room. I haven't eaten an ice cream in about 17 years because of that dream and I will always remember it. What's scary is that the Ice Cream army had eyes. EYES?!
Q. Describe what being part of the Doctor Who fandom means to you in twelve words or less.
A. Brings my family together on a joyful journey through time and space.
Q. Finally, is there anything else you'd like to say before you go?
Doctor Who always gives me the shivers whenever I turn it on, I've always had this problem affecting me.. But I love the show very much and I really do hope that in 2063, long after I am gone, that my grandchildren will be the one's watching the Daleks battle the Doctor for the show's 100th anniversary. Long live Doctor Who!