The Ood Cast are …
Andrew 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, who looked a LOT younger than he really was, and would say, ‘Shsh’ and ‘What?!’ a lot (a continued trait).
He believes that Doctor Who is the best format ever devised for telly, and he is right about that. Prefers cybermen to daleks, but not when they are wimpy and susceptible to bullets.
Born at an early age into a tragically happy home, and being exposed to one of the more chilling shots of robotic marching scenes from Earthshock when 3, Chris’ love for things of a time travelling nature is long-standing. As is his firm belief that Cybermen could take Daleks any day (because his dad said so).
However, growing up on a diet of Doctor Who, Blackadder and Test Match Special meant that when it came to lunchtime games at school, there was a choice between leading an adventure against the Daleks as the 7th Doctor (because everyone else thought Ace was cooler and he was too small to argue) or leading an imaginary England side to improbable test victories against woefully under-par Australians. Invariably, he chose the more realistic and travelled the galaxy with his multiple lunch companions.
Chris soon grew into one of the more indecisive and forgetful geeks you’ll ever meet. He almost always remembers to put socks on, and while he can remember whether he likes or dislikes something, he can’t actually be certain if he’s seen it.
His proudest Who-related moment is mastering the surprisingly easy magician’s hand gesture the bloke out of Lovejoy did in The Greatest Show In The Galaxy.
Chris is technically yet to have his first experience of Doctor Who as he hopes to build a time machine at some point in the future and travel back to the 1960s in order to watch it from the beginning. Temporal chronology aside, his first experience of the series 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 even managed to reduce his The Five Doctors habit by a staggering 80%.
More recently, 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.
It doesn’t sound that likely, does it?
Anyhow, it gave her four-year-old self nightmares for months. Since then, she’s come out from behind the cushion, and now only screams at the stone angels. What? Episodes 4 AND 5? You’ve got to be kidding me.
The Littlest Doctor
The Littlest Doctor is, as you’d expect, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who travels through time and space in an internally vast time machine called the TARDIS, accompanied by his monkey companion, Bob. He explores the universe in a smart suit and at story times, using his extensive knowledge of science, technology, history and confectionery to avert whatever crisis he encounters (unless it is a fixed point in time and space – if he messes with those, he’s sent to his room).
The imprecise nature of his travels is usually attributed to the age and unreliability of the TARDIS’s navigation system, the fact that he’s only (90)4 years old and that he’s rather easy to distract if you have jam tarts. Mention Daleks to him, and he’ll laugh in your face – he’s not afraid of them (unless it’s dark). Mention things like genetic looms or temporal manipulation devices, he’ll set Bob on you and then explain you pronounced it wrong. No really. He does.