Today marks the 55th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Throughout the day the writers of BlogtorWho will share their stories of the show. They’ll explain what this simple television programme means to us. How it has shaped our lives. Our favourite moments, stories and characters. Read on to hear all about how one of our writers, Lianne, first discovered Doctor Who…
If anyone was to ask, I’d say I’m definitely a ‘new Who’ fan. I’m one of those who was first introduced to Doctor Who when it returned to our screens in 2005. Neither of my parents were huge fans of the show, although my mum does remember watching Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor as a child. This meant that when I heard that Doctor Who was coming back, I didn’t have much of an idea of what to expect.
I do have a vague memory of sitting down to watch Blue Peter (I was only seven at the time!) before ‘Rose‘ aired and seeing them talk about Doctor Who. If my memory serves me correctly, I remember seeing a robot dog and a man dressed in a long, stripy scarf. I also remember the presenters telling *that* joke – ‘Knock knock. Who’s there? Doctor! Doctor Who?’ I tried telling this joke to some of my friends, but no one really ‘got’ it, since none of them really knew what Doctor Who was – yet!
Finally, the day arrived. 26th March 2005. The first broadcast of ‘Rose‘, marking a new era of Doctor Who! And where was I? Well…
…I didn’t watch it. I distinctly remember walking past my living room and seeing the Doctor and Rose, walking through the Powell Estate, just talking. That didn’t look interesting at all (at least to my seven-year-old eyes!)
The End of the World
But the next week was different. I sat down on 2nd April 2005 and watched my first ever episode of Doctor Who – ‘The End of the World‘. Now this was more like it. All the weird and wonderful alien creatures on board Satellite Five amazed me. Each of them came with equally weird and wonderful names – the Moxx of Balhoon, the Face of Boe, the Forest of Cheem. One of the final scenes, which saw the Doctor dodging spinning fans to get to the reset switch felt so tense and emotional. This show was truly unlike anything else I’d seen before.
Unfortunately, after that, I was told I was too young to watch much more of that first series. Despite this, I know I hid behind a lot of cushions watching ‘Aliens of London‘. I also definitely remember being introduced to the most famous of all Doctor Who baddies in ‘Dalek‘.
The Rest is History!
From David Tennant’s first outing as the Tenth Doctor in ‘The Christmas Invasion‘ onwards, I’ve seen every new episode of the show. So many fond memories from my childhood are linked with Doctor Who. I was an avid collector of the Battles In Time magazines and trading cards. Many of my lunchtimes were spent swapping them with my classmates (until they were banned, as all trading card games inevitably were!). I’ve probably still got all my old trading cards in a box somewhere…
I was also lucky enough to attend Doctor Who: A Celebration. This was a concert held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff in aid of BBC Children in Need on 19th November 2006. As a now nine-year-old fan of the show, it was one of the most exciting things I’d ever experienced. It was amazing to hear music from Doctor Who performed live, as well as the opportunity to see real-life Daleks and Cybermen, and even watch a sneak-peek of that year’s Christmas special, ‘The Runaway Bride‘!
I feel very lucky to have been able to grow up with Doctor Who. I’m now 21 years old, meaning it’s been there through all of my formative years. It’s shaped my love of science fiction and of history. I really believe it’s made me who I am today. Now we’re coming to the end of the first series with a female Doctor leading the way, who I just know my nine-year-old self would be over the moon about!