Eleven years ago, on a Saturday night in my house, I sat down on my sofa and watched BBC One. Little did I know at the time, but that decision would drastically change my life and who I am as a person. For those who have somehow managed to not notice what happened on that day; it was when Rose first aired. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who had watched Doctor Who since Series 1, but a lot of people didn’t actually start at Rose, which is unthinkable to me. Eleven years later, and I’ve yet to miss an episode. I’ve learnt more about the shows past, I’ve tried to predict the shows future and I’ve started a fairly successful Doctor Who based website which you are currently reading. To us Whovians, Doctor Who is much more than ‘just another show’, it’s a way of life, a community, a family, a support network; Doctor Who is a set of beliefs and morals that a lot of us stand by and try to enforce them. The Doctor isn’t just a character, he’s a friend who you’re lucky enough to be swept up in this absolutely crazy journey with. His companions, whether it be Rose, Mickey, Jackie, Captain Jack, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory, Danny or Clara all become friends and people we care about. Doctor Who isn’t just a TV show, it’s an experience. It’s a state of being. This is how New-Who changed me…
Since 2005, Doctor Who has always been a part of my life; ever since Rose. Way back when, when I was only 8 years old, Doctor Who probably was just a show, it was so long ago I can’t really remember truth be told. Doctor Who always was there though, in Christmas presents, in clothing, in DVDs, countless books and at least a dozen TARDIS’s, TARDII, or TARDIS, whatever you prefer. When Doctor Who really became a huge part of my life was in 2013 when I travelled down to London solo to go the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Celebration. That was the first time that I had really been in the same building as hundreds of other people who had the same level of passion for Doctor Who as I did; and it was fantastic. Two years later, I found myself back in London where I first met a bunch of people who I now call some of my closest friends; first of all there was good ol’ Ben who has the coolest ginger cloud you could ever imagine, and he helped me realise that Colin Baker wasn’t really such a bad Doctor after all. He quickly introduced me to Tom who I kinda just hung out with. I then got to meet the wonderful Matthew, James and Liv as well as Bradders in an amazing Sixth Doctor cosplay. I met Adam when I was queuing for my photograph with Peter Capaldi. After that, I thought that I had a set of friends all set. Boy was I wrong. I got asked to be part of an amazing group of people, my 5.5ers. You’re all so kind and supportive and understanding. If you’re reading this and you haven’t checked any of the YouTube channels of these people I do. I could spend paragraphs and paragraphs singing everyone’s praises, but it would mean a lot more to me if you could check out their stuff and support them too. So thank you Max, Jamie, Thomas, Rob, Callum and Ianto for welcoming me into their family and making me feel welcome. I’m so sorry if I’ve missed anyone off! I know she’s not part of 5.5 (and why not?) but I also want to give a shout out to Leah of EpicWho for sharing my love of the Eighth Doctor with me, she helps to put the epic in EpicWho.
I also want to thank Big Finish for being so supportive of GallifreyArchive by quoting my reviews on their website and bringing new viewers my way; I truly, greatly and deeply appreciate it.
I know it might not seem it, but I think that New-Who brought all of us together and made each of us stronger as people and as a family. Thank you Russell T Davies for writing such a successful series that brought the eight that have since followed; thank you Steven Moffat for all you’ve done since 2010.
Most importantly of all though, I want to thank you. Whoever you are reading this. Thank you for being a fan of my work, a fan of Doctor Who and a part of this Whovian family. I ❤ ❤ you all.