I’ve been watching the Doctor Who since it started 50 years ago. I was coordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society in the mid 1980s, and returned to the Society Executive as Editor of Celestial Toyroom (the longest running Doctor Who publication in the world) in 2008. Following on from producing 36 issues, I became Society Promotions Officer in 2011.
I have also been involved in the organization of Doctor Who Conventions, both in front of and behind the scenes, for some 30 years. Nowadays I am a regular interviewer for Fantom Films, who organize between 8 and 10 events a year, as well as being involved with DWAS events.
Favorite monster, villain or creature
1. The Daleks
THE seminal monster. Without the Daleks, Doctor Who wouldn’t have survived beyond 1964. As a child I found them terrifying, with episode 6 of the 1966 story “The Power of the Daleks” scaring me witless!
2. The Cybermen
3. Ice Warriors
4. The Zygons
1. The Seeds of Doom
Doctor Who meets The Avengers meets The Thing From Another World. A stunning tale, brilliantly written by Robert Banks Stewart, where everything came together perfectly. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen were at their absolute peak, Douglas Camfield’s diretion is faultless, and the guest cast were magnificent to a man and woman.
2. The Caves of Androzani
3. Power of the Daleks
4. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
5. City of Death
1. Sarah Jane Smith
The ultimate companion. It was very hard to follow Jo Grant, but Elisbaeth Sladen’s brilliant work pulled it off, especially once she was working opposite Tom Baker.
2. Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbrige-Stewart
3. Jo Grant
4. Romana II
5. Jamie McCrimmon
1. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
Simply the best. A quite wonderful, eccentric, other world portrayal. Tom was alo blessed with having Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes guide him through 3 seasons of wonderful work. A perfect time for Doctor Who.
2. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
3. Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
4. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
5. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Favorite TARDIS set
Saddest moment in Doctor Who history
There are two I can’t separate. Jo Grant’s, with the saddened Doctor driving off in Bessie, and Sarah Jane’s original – “Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me A Bow Wow”.
Greatest Doctor Who opening sequence ever
The start of The Trail of a Time Lord part one, as the camera pans in on the space station and The Doctor is plucked out of time.
Greatest Doctor Who writer ever
Why Doctor Who endures
The flexibility of the format. Past, present or future – any time, anywhere. Plus,the inspired decision to replace the ailing William Hartnell with Patrick Troughton by means of *regeneration*. We all owe Innes Lloyd so much for that!
Greatest Doctor’s costume
Not a huge fan of “costumes” as such. Therefore perhaps Christopher Eccleston and his leather jacket!
Greatest fan-made Doctor Who video
The, sadly, unfinished “Mission of Doom”. It wasn’t through a lack of love or effort.