Adam Richard was born between parts 2 and 3 of Terror of the Autons, and the first episode he remembers seeing was the last episode of Planet of the Spiders (he was 5!) His fave story is Ark in Space, because his old favourite is considered racist now…or lacist as John Bennett would say. When he was 12, Adam queued up to meet the 5th Doctor at Myer, and then again some 30 years later (though not in Myer this time) — such fun! Adam has been a stand-up comedian, gossip queen, writer and actor for over 20 years. In 2012 he co-wrote and starred in ABC comedy Outland, about a group of gay science fiction fans. He is currently a senior writer on the ABC’s Hard Quiz, and was a regular panellist on Whovians.
Following a family trip to Bali when he was seven years old, Adrian Phoon wrote a short story called Doctor Who and the Rangda about the Doctor crossing paths with a demonic Balinese goddess.
Decades later, he returned to Bali and wondered how Tegan would fare with Bintang.
Col Sillitto grew up reading Targets and watching Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy after school in real time. After that, he had to get up at 4 AM every morning to hit record on his VHS player because the timer didn’t work — a selfless task he repeated day in and day out for the entirety of the classic series repeats on the ABC. His greatest achievement was meeting his comrades in arms Dan and Steve and creating the New To Who podcast with them. His second greatest achievement was meeting and striking up friendships with all of the lovely people the world over within this niche podcasting community. And his third greatest achievement is interviewing Christopher H Bidmead. He loves Flight Through Entirety and his turn-offs include bad feet and pushy people.
Colin Neal’s earliest memory is of Lalla Ward in a quarry trapped inside a clear plastic cylinder. When he mentioned this to her at a convention, she replied, “Oh, you never forget your first companion, darling”. His favourite Classic seasons are the Key to Time and The Trial of a Time Lord; his favourite New Who episodes are The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End. He has quite a fondness for Clara and Ace, he once ate some of Nicola Bryant’s lemon meringue pie, and he was not quick enough to find celery after spotting Peter Davison that one time in Marks and Spencer.
Conrad Westmaas’s earliest memory (of anything) is the Sea Devils emerging from the sea on a repeat of Episode Three. His formative TARDIS era was the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry versus Giant Robots, Wirrn, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen, Zygons etc, which has resulted in a lifelong addiction to Weetabix, Typhoo tea and Saturday nights. Conrad served as a footsoldier in the Wilderness Years, working for DWM and Big Finish, and can often be found setting off the Ben Jackson Klaxon™ on Twitter at @hairofthehound_. He was recently put in a headlock by Marek Anton and is still recovering from the undercurrents.
Corey’s first memory of Doctor Who was The Horns of Nimon. Thankfully things improved from that point onwards (well, for a time) and he’s been watching Doctor Who ever since. He once dressed up as Adric at Whovention in 1990 and still regularly attends therapy in order to work through the issues that experience raised for him. Corey’s favourite classic series Doctor is Patrick Troughton and won’t hear a bad word said about The Underwater Menace. He lives for the day Matt Smith will coming knocking on his door. In his spare time he works as a theatre director and producer and runs a company called Theatre Republic.
Dan from New to Who was a small child in 1988 London, fearfully watching Sylvester McCoy juggle through a crack in the doorway, when he first swore his allegiance to Doctor Who and to juggling. He spent the nineties in Western Australia borrowing Targets from the library, repeatedly renting the same ten VHSes and waking up at 4 AM to watch cruelly scheduled ABC broadcasts. He still can’t quite believe the show has returned in such a wonderful fashion, and must often stop himself doomsday prepping for a second cancellation. Tragically, he never learned to juggle.
Erik Stadnik ’s first ever Doctor Who story was the 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann. He didn’t watch Doctor Who again for about twenty years, though those two facts may not be causally linked. He has strong opinions about writing, characterization, dialogue, and theme, and generally doesn’t give a toss about bad CG or iffy CSO, and he thinks you shouldn’t either. He has been a co-host of several Doctor Who-related podcasts, most recently Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room (since regenerated) and The Real McCoy. He also contributed to the essay collections Queers Dig Time Lords and Outside In 2, in which he attempted to turn Daleks in Manhattan into a musical. He currently lives in Prague, where almost nobody has heard of Doctor Who.
When Fiona Tomney was a little girl, she wanted to be a scientist, and so when she grew up, she became a scientist. SHE lives on a farm on the edge of the South Australian outback with her incredibly gorgeous husband and two sons, three horses, three dogs, two cats, three chooks and 6,000 sheep. Her favourite Doctor is Matt Smith, and she will defend Malcolm Clarke’s theme for The Sea Devils to the death.
Greg Miller is older than Doctor Who. He watched the Show from The Tomb of the Cybermen through to Vengeance on Varos, before retiring in distress at what the Show had become. He returned to the fold to buy the Show on VHS (also in books and on audio). Favourite story (today, just watched for the first time since 1968) is The Abominable Snowmen and least favourite (always) is Attack of the Cybermen. He has retired from the world to a highland hermitage, to work on his magnum opus in iambic pentameter, Padmasambhava on Raxacoricofallapatorius.
Hannah Cooper was enticed by the 2005 trailers for new Doctor Who and quickly realised that the first decade and a bit of her life had been deprived. This swiftly led to UKTV Gold’s weekend omnibuses and eBay bids on deleted Peter Davison videos (still livid at being fleeced of £11.40 for The King’s Demons), as well as a slippery road towards lots of 1970s TV — some great, some awful, all of it fascinating. Her favourite story is The Caves of Androzani, and she still wonders if anyone else first encountered the Second Doctor via the BBC website’s Photonovels.
Jack Shanahan has been at the top of Australia’s most wanted list for 13 years. Ever since he started sneakily watching the latest Tennant episodes ‘On The Internet’ instead of waiting months for the ABC broadcast like everybody else, he has been charged with impatience, an outrageous lack of self-restraint, and large-scale corporate embezzlement. He has done himself no favours in subsequent years by asserting that Hell Bent was actually good and you’re wrong to think otherwise. Shanahan remains at large and — by the left frontal lobe of the Sky Demon — will not be sent to Shada without a fight.
Joe Ford has become synonymous with the words Doc Oho Reviews for over ten years now. He has written over 3,000 reviews, gotten most of it wrong, and then written most of those reviews again. He moved into podcasting after discovering his true talent: never shutting up. Some insane people enjoy listening to his podcasts, so if you wish to join them, you can catch him hilariously flinging obscene observations at his much politer podcast husband Jack Shanahan over at The Nimon Be Praised, or flirting outrageously with everybody else on his commentary podcast A Hamster With a Blunt Penknife. He loves all Doctor Who, especially the stuff he really doesn’t like — that’s the most fun stuff to talk about. He’s 43, gobby, and according to podcast legend Nathan Bottomley, very pretty.
Johnny Spandrell spent about forty years watching, reading and thinking about Doctor Who. Then he wrote it all down on his blog, Random Whoness, which former DWM editor Gary Gillatt called “stupendous” and “essential”. At this stage in his many lives, he has a pleasant, open face and frequently makes a wheezing, groaning sound. He lives on the NSW South Coast with his wife, two kids and about a thousand Doctor Who books.
Joseph Lidster is a writer who has written for lots of things Doctor Who-related but never the TV show. One of his earliest memories is being terrified of handshakes because of the Vervoids. His favourite films are Speed and A Matter of Life and Death. He enjoys socialising with friends and dislikes writing bios for things like this. His favourite Doctor Who hunk is Dibber and he once made friends with a guy who tried to mug him. Is that enough words, James?
Josh Snares , the CEO of the Nyssa Appreciation Society, has been watching the show for far too long. Like all Doctor Who fans, he can’t stand the programme, but sometimes has something nice to say. He works as a digital marketer, videographer, YouTuber and practises homosexuality. One day he dreams of being abducted by aliens and getting punched in the face by Jodie Whittaker (hopefully at the same time!)
Karen Carpenter was introduced to Doctor Who when she was just two years old, when her mother sat her in front of the television in a desperate attempt to keep her quiet for half an hour. It’s a technique that still works today: well, most of the time — well, nearly most of the time — well, no, it doesn’t work all: she talks all the way through it, but she still loves Doctor Who to bits. She has a sneaking suspicion that she might be the love child of Peter Davison.
Kevin Burnard ’s introduction to Doctor Who was the final minutes of Love & Monsters at age ten, but he doesn’t hold that against it. Incredibly, he went on to then watch the rest of the new series, fall head-over-heels for the Moffat era, binge the classic series, and devote far too much time and brain space to the endless novels and audios. Take that, fan wisdom. Clearly the paving slab worked. He is currently pursuing a writing career, and in the meantime can be found being far too opinionated on Twitter and taking most of his clothes off on Instagram. He even has a bit of a love life, but let’s not go into that.
Lizbeth Myles accidentally grew up in the decade and a half when Doctor Who wasn’t on the telly. Luckily VHS (olden times DVDs) had been invented and she made everyone give her Doctor Who stories for her birthday. She tries very hard not to judge people who don’t understand the true genius of The Time Monster. Her favourite robots are the Quarks.
Mark first saw Doctor Who at the age of eight when he unwittingly tuned into the first episode of The Happiness Patrol. Immediately hooked, he became a lifelong devotee of the series and spent the wilderness years assiduously catching up through Target books and then videos, watching his final classic series story, The Time Monster, a week before Rose was broadcast. Mark didn’t meet another fan until joining Twitter. He started the Trap One Podcast in 2017, and has made some great friends through podcasting.
Mathew was raised by Highland Al’teema Wolves. He learnt how to be human from a single BBC archive crystal full of Classic Who and The Goodies. His earliest memories involve terrifying giant mind-controlling spiders and a massive monster rising from the Thames to attack Westminster Palace. He still has vivid memories of Leela’s pragmatic approach to removing obstacles. As such, he knows the audio of Genesis by heart. He also found a damaged crystal featuring circuses, code breaking, and kitlings, before being whisked off by a Timewyrm to the last days of human civilisation. So now he works to feed himself and his kitten Fluffy, who is growing quickly and is already ten nacs tall.
And yes, he still likes Doctor Who, and that includes all of the Whittaker/Chibnall Era. If you wish to argue Not My Doctor, he is happy to debate you using the Leela method.
Max Jelbart is happy to be taking the mantle as the youngest sod on the podcast. He likes writing screenplays and has been doing so since he read Russell T. Davies’s lurid accounts of procrastination and tedium in The Writer’s Tale. His first Doctor Who story was Aliens of London, because a spaceship crashing into Big Ben is the best thing a 7-year-old can possibly imagine. His favourite episode is definitely Midnight, maybe Listen, truthfully The Robots of Death. No, City of Death. Wait, The Invasion. Okay, Love & Monsters. Seriously. Finally. Gotta love a bit of ELO.
Maxwell is a longtime fan of Doctor Who, both modern and classic. Bill Potts is still his favorite companion. Maxwell hosts the history/mystery-based Relic: The Lost Treasure Podcast, and is currently working on a new podcast on role playing video games, which is set to launch fall 2021. In his free time, Maxwell plays video games, Twitch streams, writes, and throws giant men around for sport. He is a resident of Sydney, Australia and a part-time resident of Houston, Texas.
Pete Lambert first got the Whobug during the BBC’s multifaced repeats of ’81, and first announced he was officially done with this nonsense when Tegan left at the end of Time-Flight. (I mean — SHE WAS THE MAIN ONE!) He relented and is still Whobuggering about, and since he never did get banged up for smuggling Scotch E240s past Mrs Miggins at the village post office for Australian pirate exchanges, he expects an Arvo Show ident to pop up at the end of most 70s episodes.
Back in 1979, Si’s Mum sat him down to watch Destiny of the Daleks, hoping it would be 25 minutes of peace for them both. Little did she realise that 42 years later he’d still be loving the show just as much as he did as a four year old. All these years later, his parents’ warnings that he’d never get anywhere thinking about Doctor Who all the time were proved to be entirely wrong, as now he can think and speak about Doctor Who on podcasts! How’s that for development?
Steven B grew up solely on 1970s Target novelisations and ABC afternoon repeats of Tom Baker stories in the 1980s. He was sufficiently traumatised by those memories to keep being a fan for longer than is sensible or polite, going on to identify a bit too readily with Peter Davison’s Doctor during his adolescence during the 1990s before morphing into a David Tennant clone in his twenties last decade. Now approaching 900 years of age, he’s very much a fan of Peter Capaldi and is in love with the idea of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor as, appallingly, he nears on his fourth decade of fandom. Honestly, you get less for murder.