I'm a pretty loyal person and once I like something I tend to stick to it for life. It probably won't be any surprise, therefore, if I told you that my love for Dr Who first started when I was three years old. I have an older brother, who watched it avidly week in, week out and as we had only one television in those days, then his viewing habits and those of my parents, become mine in a roundabout way. Not that I'm complaining of course. I loved the programme as much as he did, except for the Daleks and for some reason I still have a fear of those to this day.
Favourite Doctor? If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said Tom Baker without a shadow of a doubt, but then suddenly Mr Tennant took on the role and brought so much life and depth to the character, that he took over the mantle. Here was someone that for the first time, showed how alone the Doctor must feel, travelling through the universe with just his blue box for company. It will be a sad, sad day when he hangs up his key to the Tardis.
What do I love about the programme? I love it's unpredictability. You have the character of the Doctor and his Tardis and that's it. The world is your oyster in terms of plot and structure. He can go anywhere and meet anything, he is the Doctor after all, the last of his kind.
When it came to writing my story, I had a vague plot in mind. I could remember reading a ghost story set in a hotel many years ago, so without further ado I ordered the book from the Internet and once arrived, devoured the contents and began to plan my story around the basis of the tale.
The oddest feeling I found, once starting to write about it was that although you had the freedom
of writing any story line you wished, you still had this character of the Doctor that was set in stone and it felt quite restrictive in terms of what I could do with him. I'm used to building a character from scratch and making them my own, with the Doctor the formula was already there.
I had a long weekend over in Northumberland just recently and managed to have two full days of un interrupted writing. Two days full of landscapes and views of ruined castles, that would inspire anyone to write and so I did, finding such a back drop just the tonic to complete my Dr Who story.
I'm not going to share the story with you quite yet, as my first port of call is to try and get it published, but I will keep you updated on it's journey and hopefully pretty soon, you will be able to read it.