Fandom is a sacred thing. It has the power to turn perfect strangers into kin, and the best of friends into enemies. A fandom isn’t just some game or some show or some book that we like, it’s a way of life. And that’s why I think it is so amazing that Doctor Whohas cast two life-long Whovians as the role of the Doctor.
When I first delved into the time-traveling galaxy-hopping world of Doctor Who, I wasn’t aware that David Tennant was such a huge fan himself. Upon meeting him at the end of Series 1, I quickly jumped online to learn more about this tenth incarnation actor. I quickly learned that he had been a Whovian his entire life, and that at the age of 3 or 4, he declared he was going to grow up to be an actor due to his love for Doctor Who. Now if that’s not a true dream come true, I don’t know what is.
This information cemented my fandom and took it to another level. I was so proud to know that my Doctor wasn’t just some actor, but a Whovian just like me. My excitement was impossible to contain, which led me to spread the news to every person that I knew – they totally cared. Chest swelled, head high, I wore this pride like a badge of honor.
I didn’t think I could fall further down the wormhole, but I did, oh I did. The glorious Sunday afternoon when the 12th Doctor was revealed as the wonderful Peter Capaldi, I – like every one of you reading this I’m sure – once again went straight to Google to brush up on any and everything I could find on good ol’ Number 12.
And what did I find? Oh just a little article published in a 1974 issue of Radio Times written by a little 15-year old Peter Capaldi. But not just any article, it was an article praising them for the wonderful Doctor Who special they had aired, and expressing his hopes and dreams that one day they will be celebrating “25 years of wandering in time with the Doctor.” Lo and behold, his dreams have not only come true, but he may very well be starring in the 50th anniversary special! (My personal prediction: The Doctor will be regenerating at the end of the special. What better way to conclude such an epic and long-awaited special?)
Upon learning this little tidbit of information, I once again shouted in exultation as tears of joy came to my eyes – a tad bit dramatic, maybe. With that said, it’s clear that I am very excited to see Peter step into the TARDIS.
To know that two of my Doctors are Whovians themselves fills me with so much pride. I also can’t help but to feel a wee little bit of hope deep down inside that maybe I too might one day walk through the doors of the TARDIS and go traveling with the Doctor.