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Andrew Candish

Andy was inspired by Tom Baker’s awesome adventures and the strange texture of the 1970s’ time-tunnel. In 1976 he would regularly wake in a cold sweat because of the episode two cliffhanger of The Seeds of Doom and a couple of years later wouldn’t go near the deep-end of a swimming pool for fear of Kroll. Then, for his eighth birthday, his gran knitted him a long stripy scarf and he became a highly intelligent and resourceful pacifist alien and would say, ‘What?!’ a lot (a continued trait). The fact that Andy is an actor has a lot to do with being inspired by the endless possibilities in the series and the realisation that being the Doctor was an actual job (ahem, hi there BBC). He believes that Doctor Who is the best format ever devised for telly, and he is right about that. Prefers Cybermen to Daleks.

CHRIS FOSTEN

Mildly traumatised as a 3 year old after being exposed to chilling scenes of stair-climbing from Earthshock, Chris has long believed that the Cybermen were tops, despite the reputational damage caused by Silver Nemesis. However, growing up in the 1980s meant that lunchtimes at school were spent leading an adventure against the Daleks as the 7th Doctor (because everyone else thought Ace was cooler, the Daleks were better and he was too small to argue). Watching Who influenced a love of the possibilities of stories and a good cup of tea - things which remain essential parts of his life today. His proudest Who-related moment is mastering the surprisingly easy magician’s hand gesture the bloke off of Lovejoy did in The Greatest Show In The Galaxy.

CHRIS MEAD

Chris' first experience of the Doctor Who was The Five Doctors which he watched about a hundred times between the ages of five and nine. No other episodes. Just The Five Doctors. Over and over again. Consequently he has a fear of silver leotards and gentle inclines. Then in 1989 he watched Remembrance of the Daleks - the Sylvester McCoy story where things explode quite spectacularly every two or three minutes. It was all "Ace pass me that Nitro Nine you're not carrying ..." and "Weapons ... always useless in the end." He was hooked for life. He has been equally spellbound by the series in its new incarnation. His favourite bits are when the Doctor jumps over something. Jump, Doctor. Jump.

LAURA MEAD

Laura thinks the first time she saw Doctor Who, there was a lady in it having her head forcibly shaved. It doesn't sound that likely, does it? Anyhow, it gave her four-year-old self nightmares for months. It's still a pretty freaky show. Specially the water monsters and anything where they make peoples eyes go all black. Stop messing with people's eyes, BBC! Laura has written plenty of stuff about the show and the parts of it that bring her the most pleasure, but really, she thinks the best bit of it, in these modern times, is the triumph of pacifism and intellectualism over populism and violence. That's a message she can really get behind.

About our podcast

WE BELIEVE

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Doctor Who is the greatest television format of all time.

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A show starring a protagonist who prizes compassion, intellect and inclusivity above everything else deserves a fandom that reflects the same values.

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We are not a reviews podcast. We are a companion to the show. We celebrate it.

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Doctor Who is joyous and messy and rough around the edges. Therefore our podcast is joyous and messy and rough around the edges. With songs.