I was in Winchester today with my mum and I noticed several signs advertising a Doctor Who event.
When mum asked if I wanted to go, I said no. This puzzled her, as she thought as a fan, I would want to go. I then explained to her what I call the three kinds of Whovians:
- The casual viewer. The casual viewer is a person who watches Doctor Who and doesn’t need to know every single little thing about every single episode. My mum and several of my friends fall into this category. The casual viewer likes Doctor Who but doesn’t need to watch it when it first airs and can wait to watch it later. They don’t need to know all about the series beforehand, and they just want something to watch on Saturday.
- The fan. The broadest kind, this makes up let’s say, possibly about 75% of the Whovian community. I am the definitive example. The fan will do anything to catch the episode on Saturday and then talk about it until the next episode. They will find rumours, read spoilers, and analyses each episode (I will write reviews on each new episode when the new series starts). They will usually stick with a favourite Doctor but will accept change and will watch both Classic Series and New Series.
- The mega fan. This is the kind which my mum thought I was. The mega fan will dress up as their favourite Doctor and have rooms full of Doctor Who items and toys. They will talk on, and on, and on and will collect any Who related toys, books and collectables and visit every convention.
So those are the three kinds of Who fans. Which kind are you?