Doctor Who fan Pete May was a lone voice in his house during the run of the classic series – in fact his dad thought it was rubbish! So when he had children of his own, he was intent on being “the Time Lord-loving father he never had.”
Writing in a recent edition of The Guardian, May reveals how he first got his kids hooked on the early VHS releases of the Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy adventures. And when the series returned in 2005, the obsession looked set to explode.
Rose was a positive role model for young girls, the farting Slitheen perhaps less so. Even my non-Whovian wife, Nicola, started watching, remarking that Eccleston was better looking than William Hartnell. After The Empty Child, where gas mask creatures menaced a second world war hospital, we spent a lot of time shouting up the stairs at my long-suffering wife, “Mummy, are you my mummy?”
May also reveals the pact he’d made with his then-fiancée – to marry her “in any year when Doctor Who returned, West Ham got promoted and England won the Ashes.” Quite a tricky combo! And yet that’s exactly what happened in 2005, the year that everything changed. There were, indeed, wedding bells for Pete May and his wife Nicola, but thankfully the day was free from time paradox and Reapers!
And now, in 2013, May has led his family through two regenerations, this year’s Doctor Who Prom and the unveiling of the Twelfth Doctor. Does he think he has fulfilled his duty as a Time Lord-loving patriarch?
Other dads affect gravitas or can put up shelves. But I have a whopping great Doctor Who DVD collection, a Zygon coaster and a Dalek mouse mat. I feel I’ve given my children a good start to life in the universe. And when my time comes to regenerate, perhaps they’ll think only this of me – he was a true Whovian Dad.
Head to The Guardian website to read the full story. Do you have children or young relatives? How have you introduced them to Doctor Who?