Fan of the Month
April 2016
April 2016: Louise

Q. How did you become a Doctor Who fan?
A. When I was nine years old, I saw these DVD covers of a show called Doctor Who and they had the 9th Doctor and Rose with a Dalek and Slitheen. I thought it looked really cool and unique so I bought them and since then, the Doctor has captured my spirit with his moral compass, kindness, silliness and determination to be the alien who stops the monsters! Those words mean everything to me and the concept of the whole series is so intelligent, magical and bonkers which makes it so unique, gracious and fabulous. Since then, my obsession has grown and manifested into a 19 year old geek who doesn't live in the world but in the Whoniverse! I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. My DNA is Doctor Who and I think my truest self is the show. I'm still that nine year old girl who marveled at who this impossible idiot was.

Q. Things are pretty quiet on the Doctor Who front at the moment with the announcement that Series 10 - to be Steven Moffat's last as showrunner - won't hit our screens until NEXT spring. What was your initial reaction to the breaking news? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH, NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, DEAR GOD NO I CANNOT TAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S NOT REAL (multiple times) PAPER BAG, PAPER BAG, SOMEONE HOLD MY HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q. With just the now traditional Christmas Special this December to tide us over until 2017, how do you plan to get through this dreaded Doctor Who gap year? It's like 2009 all over again...
A. Delve into some William Hartnell episodes I haven't seen and re-watch all my boxsets, read the books, check the websites, write my own stories and make some Zygon headpieces and a TARDIS tissue box so I can weep spectacularly.

Q. There are also ongoing rumours that Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who alongside the Grand Moff at the end of Series 10. Do you think three years at the helm of the TARDIS would be enough for his incarnation of the Time Lord, or do you want him to stick around for Series 11 to help ease the show's transition into the Chibnall era?
A. I would like him to stay for another series because I don't want the three years to become the traditional amount of time that an actor stays. I think that there is still so much more aspects of the 12th Doctor yet to explore but he's quite an introverted version of the Doctor. Also, I couldn't bear Peter, who is one of my favourites, leaving as well as my favourite showrunner. And I think with the new companion, they deserve to explore their relationship over more than one series.

Q. We've definitely got the Twelfth Doctor for one more series at least (hurrah!), and there's lots to look forward to as it'll introduce his brand new companion following the departure of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald at the end of Series 9. Who would be your perfect companion and why?
A. For me it would be Winifred Burkle from Angel because she is extremely clever (studying physics), incredibly kind, silly, selfless and adorable. I think the Doctor would be so fascinating to her and she's curious, loyal, admirable and is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and the people she loves.

Q. Speaking of perfect companions, which of the Doctor's past BFFs would you get on best with?
A. I think it would have to be Sarah Jane Smith because I see a lot of myself in her. I'm quite a reserved and calm person but will defend my opinions and beliefs. Sarah is really kind, loyal, funny and has complete faith in the Doctor. I think I would really relate to her always loving the Doctor and wanting to fight in his name. And I think her being independent and positive about life, even when she has seen some of the terrible things it can do, is similiar to how I feel. I would love to talk to her about her adventures!

Q. It won't be a completely Doctor Who-less year, of course, as we've still got Patrick Ness' new spin off, 'Class', to look forward to. With filming starting soon, are you looking forward to this latest extension of the Whoniverse?
A. I really am actually because I've heard that it's going to be like a British Buffy and I'm a big fan of that show. The target audience is kind of around my age group and the concept of setting the series in Coal Hill School is really exciting because there is already so much mythology there. I like that there will be exploration of teenagers within the universe with aliens and monsters because it really channels real life into the midst of all the chaos. Also, it will be inspiring and I think the darker themes will help the show to evolve, which is a good thing.

Q. If you could have one prop from the set of the show, which would it be?
A. I think probably the sonic screwdriver because it can do so many brilliant scientific things. Also, it's so alien that I would just be really privileged to have such a gadget and I love that it is so powerful but doesn't hurt, wound or maim as the Doctor says. It fits snuggly in your jacket pocket, too! I have a feeling that the tip is a Gallifreyan crystal which is so stunning and magical.

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to say before you go?
A. Thank you for allowing me to express my love and passion for show that means everything to me. I wouldn't be the person I am without it and my life wouldn't be as fulfilling or positive as it is.