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I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since as long as I can remember. Some of the first images I can recall are of Colin Baker’s Doctor being pulled underground by hands. The scenes got me hooked and I remember tuning in as often as I could to watch the show.
In 1996, after the airing of the Doctor Who TV Movie with Paul McGann, I decided to start up my own Doctor Who fan site. At the time, I plumped for the rather worthy title of ‘Doctor Who: The Regenerative Website’, but after a meeting with Tom Baker a few years later, he suggested calling it something more pronounceable, like “egg.com” or “Doctor Who Online”. The mind shatteringly simple ‘Doctor Who Online’ stuck, and we’ve never looked back since! (Thanks Tom)
In 1999, I went to East 15 Acting school to study a 3-year Acting course, so although I was busy in the daytime, I would be able to rush back to my student accommodation and update the site on the painstakingly slow internet.
Doctor Who has been such a huge part of my life, and when the show came back in 2005, it was like all my Christmasses coming at once. Everyone in the online community was thrilled at the news, and it was this year that we started up our very own community in the DWO Forums. In 2013, we now have over 44,000+ members, and its a place where fans can come to discuss all aspects of the show – both on and off air.
In 2008 we joined Twitter and now have the largest non-official Doctor Who following with over 75,000+ followers at the time of writing.
Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Daleks
The Daleks are simply the ultimate Doctor Who villain. They have such an utter hatred for The Doctor and anything non-Dalek. With their Nazi-esque personas, and with a design that has barely changed since their conception in the 1960′s, they are truly The Doctors greatest foe.
2. The Zygons
3. The Master
4. The Cybermen
5. The Yeti (The Great Intelligence)
1. The Tomb Of The Cybermen
The Tomb Of The Cybermen is a textbook Doctor Who adventure. You have the classic ‘base under siege’ scenario, with fantastic Doctor Who villains; The Cybermen.
There are some great cliffhangers, and some wonderfully tender moments between The Doctor and his companions, particularly a scene where The Doctor is talking with Victoria about how he deals with missing his family.
At just 4 episodes, the story is neither too long nor too short, and the pacing, acting, directing and quality all pull together fantastically.
2. The Deadly Assassin
3. The Web Of Fear
4. City Of Death
5. Father’s Day
1. Sarah Jane Smith
Her chemistry with Tom Baker’s Doctor was unmatched. Sarah Jane as a character, worked so well – so much so that she is the only companion (barring K9) to get her own spinoff series.
2. Rose Tyler
4. Jamie McCrimmon
5. Victoria Wakefield
1. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
For years it was always Tom Baker (The 4th Doctor), Tom was the quintessential Doctor – and if were talking Classic Series or New Series, then he will always be my favourite Classic Series Doctor.
When the New Series came back in 2009, Christopher Eccleston did a fantastic job, but when David Tenannt (The 10th Doctor) took over, there was a certain magic he brought to the part. Tennant embodied the character much like Baker did in his day.
The fact Tennant was a fan of the show, somehow seemed to shine through in his performance, through mannerisms and nuances picked up through the years from all the previous incarnations.
2. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
3. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
4. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
5. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Favorite TARDIS set
The current set, which debuted in ‘The Snowmen’.
Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
When Rose Tyler’s dad realises he has to sacrifice himself for the crack in time to be restored. He asks Rose “who am I, Love?”, to which Rose replies “My Daddy” – heartbreaking stuff…
Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The Time Of Angels
Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Why Doctor Who endures
Doctor Who literally has no boundaries. You can go anywhere in time and space. The main character can change whenever the lead actor wishes to step down and like The Doctor himself, the show is constantly regenerating itself.
Add to that a huge pool of talent in the form of Actors, Writers, Directors, Designers and Composers (to name just a a few groups), the show is always going from strength to strength.
Greatest Doctor’s costume
David Tennant’s (The Tenth Doctor)
Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video
This is probably cheating as we were part of it, but ‘Will It Blend: Doctor Who And The Daleks’
In a Nutshell, we put a Toy Dalek in a blender and see if it blends