On Doctor Who Fandom

If you, good reader, met me in person, you wouldn’t know I was a Star Trek fan. If you came over to my house, you’d see nothing to indicate my Trek fandom.

I couldn’t hide my love of Doctor Who even if I wanted to. 🙂

I discovered Who in the early ’80s, when the local public broadcasting station showed the Tom Baker serials as two-hour long films. I watched it up through about 1990, 1991, but lost interest about that time.

After Star Trek: Generations and the premiere of Voyager, however, I felt like Star Trek and I were simply out of touch with one another. Deep Space Nine was in its third season and not exciting me, and it seemed like what I liked about Star Trek, that undefinable quality, had been lost. So, on a business trip I needed some reading material, picked up a couple of the New Adventures novels, and that brought me back into the Doctor Who fold.

When it comes to Star Trek, I buy only the novels and the videos of the films. Until I bought Nemesis last week, I had only the Collector’s Editions of the first four films. Doctor Who, however, dominates my office. There’s a CD rack with every Big Finish and BBC audio. Another CD rack of fan-produced audios. The video racks with about seventy percent of the show’s run. The bookshelf.

And my keychain bears the sigil of Rassilon.

So, yeah, I’m a Doctor Who fan. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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