Our recent article by Jake Simpson has proved very popular with some older readers, and it has got me thinking about being a Doctor Who fan and fandom in general.
At its most simple, fandom is about loving the show. But why do we love it?
Probably most of us love the character of the Doctor, or the idea of travelling in time and space righting wrongs and defending the weak. But is there something more? Is it all about the TV show capturing our imaginations or do Doctor Who fans have a predisposition to becoming obsessive about things?
Perhaps it is just the Daleks, or the fact that the TARDIS is bigger inside than it is out. Or perhaps you’re just excited by the fact that the show can be anything it wants.
Speaking personally, I’m a big fan of certain rock groups, Terry Pratchett and some classic TV shows from the 1970s. Whether I’m as obsessive about them as I am about Doctor Who is another matter, of course; these are probably merely passing interests in comparison.
So what is it about Doctor Who that makes me – and you – love it so much?