Fan of the Month
May 2016
May 2016: Emilie

Q. How did you become a Doctor Who fan?
A. My brother introduced me to Doctor Who two years ago, and after watching Series 1, I have just been in love with the series and I have actually seen more episodes than my brother. I finished watching all of New Who six months before Series 8 aired, so I watched the whole series again.

Q. The TARDIS will reopen its doors next month as filming on Series 10 officially begins in Cardiff, following the announcement that this will be Steven Moffat's final year as showrunner. We've been told that he'll be going out "with a bang", but what would you like to see in the Grand Moff's swansong?
A. I don't know what I want to see. It's Steven Moffat and I have never been able to predict what he is thinking, so I am just a little afraid of what's going to happen!

Q. Speaking of Series 10, we finally have our brand new companion! Pearl Mackie was introduced as Bill in a special trailer last month and she's been described as "cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in". What were your first impressions of the TARDIS' incoming co-resident?
A. I was really excited, and I can't wait to see how she and the Doctor will work together.

Q. It's not all good news, however, as let's not forget that Series 10 won't actually be hitting our screens until NEXT spring. We've still got the now traditional Christmas Special to look forward to this year, of course, but 2016 will ultimately be a Who-less year. How will you be surviving its dreaded hiatus? It's like 2009 all over again!
A. Easy. Doctor Who marathon! Torchwood marathon! Sarah Jane Adventures marathon! Read and write fanfiction! Listen to Big Finsih audio adventures! Basically, do it all over again!

Q. Doctor Who's brand new spin off Class, created and written by award-winning Young Adult author Patrick Ness, began filming last month. Its cast line up includes former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill, a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School, who will be overseeing a group of sixth formers whose lives are turned upside down by friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence. Billed as the "British Buffy", are you looking forward to starting Class?
A. I am! I don't really know what to expect, so I am really looking forward to it.

Q. It's not all about looking to the future this month as we take a trip in the TARDIS back to the recent past to welcome the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble back into the Whoniverse! David Tennant and Catherine Tate have reprised their respective roles for a new range of Big Finish audio adventures which are released this month. Are you looking forward to seeing - nay, hearing - them again? They've certainly been missed!
A. Of course! The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble are one of my favourite partnerships on Doctor Who, so i have really missed them.

Q. If you could have one prop from the set of the show, which would it be?
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. Describe what being in the Doctor Who fandom means to you in twelve words.
A. In the Doctor Who fandom, you always stick together no matter what.

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to say before you go?
A. I really love Doctor Who! I really love Doctor Who! I really love Doctor Who! I really love Doctor Who! Ok, fangirl moment over.