Toby Hadoke: Superfan

It’s the kind of title no one wants to see linked to their name in the press – but comedian and writer Toby Hadoke has been coined "Superfan" by Digital Spy!

Toby Hadoke’s Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf one-man show was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2007 (and is available to buy) compared Matt Smith’s casting as a 26-year-old to that of Peter Davison in 1981, when he was just 29.

"I hated Peter Davison when he was cast because he was young," he said."He wasn’t The Doctor I was used to, and because I was going through that adolescent phase of fandom where you actually get your joy out of the programme by being cross with it.

"Fortunately I’m a grown up now, and Peter Davison is one of my favourite Doctors."

It’s a good sign really that the majority of those taken by surprise with Smith’s casting should eventually come around.

 "Matt Smith’s interview showed him to be offbeat, mercurial and possessive of wonderfully expressive fingers. I await his performance with optimism and wish him the very best of luck."

And so say all of us!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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