This is the beginning of our fun interview segment here on Blue Box Balm Blog!
We were delighted to interview Doctor Squee from Gallifrey Stands Podcast. so lets get started...
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us about yourself...
I'm known as Doctor Squee in the podcast I record. I work as a counsellor in my private life, so avoid using my real name in case clients find the show. I'm an every day family man with a lovely wife and 2 awesome step kids. I'm a big Sci Fi buff & love going for walks with my dog Dottie.
2. When did you first become a Whovian?
I think in Britain (where I am) you grow up with Doctor Who as a part of every day life. You're born more or less knowing what a Dalek is! So it was in my childhood home. Doctor Who was always on, every Saturday when I was growing up, so I class myself as a life long fan.
3. Some of us know, that you host a weekly podcast called Gallifrey Stands, can you tell us more about your podcasts?
Gallifrey Stands came out of a really rough time for me. I felt really down & going on twitter & talking to my fellow Doctor Who fans was one of a few small pleasures keeping me going. So I grabbed a mic, a box set of the first series of Doctor Who (2005) and started recording episode guides to that season, with my dog Dottie (Dottie Who as she is known on the show) as my co-host. I soon started getting on guests, who've been inspired by the show & my show evolved into an interview format. I have had everyone from everyday fans, to authors, to Hollywood writers, to producers of fan productions on the show.
You can find the show on ITunes, Stitcher & podbean.
4. What is your favorite Classic Who or New Who episode and why?
My favourite classic Doctor Who is The Five Doctors for very sentimental reasons. It was the first Doctor Who VHS cassette I had and the idea of the Doctor meeting all his other selves was magical to me at the time (& still is really).
For some of the same reasons my favourite new Who is Day of the Doctor. It has everything. All the Doctors in some form, including a new War Doctor, a cracking plot & we finally get to see the time war. Along with that, the look of it was like nothing we'd seen before in Doctor Who, such high end special effect.
5. Series 8 is underway, with a brand new Doctor. What do you think of Peter Capaldi and the series so far?
Capaldi is doing as amazing job. He calls to mind so many aspects of all the other Doctors, but is at the same time, the most different from anything we have seen. I think also as an older actor taking on the role he is perhaps able to make a few bolder decisions that a younger actor might.
6. If you could meet just one Doctor Who cast or crew member, who would it be?
I've been lucky enough to meet a lot of the actors who've played the Doctor as well as some of the companions. I'd love to meet Matt Smith or Peter Capalidi, as they are a couple of Doctors I haven't met. Probably, Matt Smith most of all because he was my favourite mix as the Doctor of the old & new style. He could be mad & quick one minute, then play old and reflective the next. An amazing feat for such a young actor.
7. Who is your favorite Doctor and why?
If you'd asked me a couple of Doctors ago, I would have said 'Davidson till I die', but Matt Smith really won me over. The combination of his acting with Moffats writing was perfect to me.
8. Who is your favorite companion and why?
My favourite companion was the Brigadier. He assisted so many of the Doctors, he was a great touchstone of the classic series. He was always on the side of the Doctor, whilst often disagreeing with him at the same time, so he challenged the Doctor as much as he helped. He was a sceptic long before Scully in the X-Files & like that character, gave the belief something to act against.
9. If you could travel with The Doctor in his TARDIS to any time and/or place, where would you like to go?
I'm fascinated by the future and what we might either discover next or if we will make the right choices for mankind's future. So, I think I'd go with the Doctor a few hundred years in the future of England to see what becomes of my home as well as mankind.
10. Are you in any other interesting fandoms, besides Doctor Who?
Yes. I'm an active fan of the podcast 'Tell'em Steve-Dave', so as well as tweeting about Doctor Who under @DoctorSquee I also tweet TESD fans under the handle @TESD_UK . I'm also a huge Star Trek fan.
11. Is there anything you would like to add before we wrap up this interview (such as conventions you gone to, cast you have met, a collection you have, etc)?
Where to start! Check out my twitter to see the photos of me with a bunch of the Doctor's from Pertwee right the way up to Tennant at various conventions. If you look up my wife's Etsy store 'Dots Charms' you will find a small yet growing line in home made Doctor Who jewellery. But most of all I want to thank you for having me be your first blog interview and for Blue Box Balms which I am a big fan of. Also a lot of love out to all the amazing Doctor Who fans, without whom I don't know if I'd have got through some of the toughest times in my life.
Big THANK YOU to Doctor Squee for sharing with us!
Gallifrey Stands has a new podcast coming out today so be sure to keep an eye out for it, you never know what Doctor Squee and Dottie Who will be up to next!
If you have any questions for Doctor Squee or Blue Box Balm about this interview, please post them below :)