Our guests

Max Jelbart is happy to be taking the mantle as the youngest sod on the podcast. He likes writing screenplays and has been doing so since he read Russell T. Davies’ lurid accounts of procrastination and tedium in The Writer’s Tale. His first Doctor Who story was Aliens of London, because a spaceship crashing into Big Ben is the best thing a 7-year-old can possibly imagine. His favourite episode is definitely Midnight, maybe Listen, truthfully The Robots of Death. No, City of Death. Wait, The Invasion. Okay, Love & Monsters. Seriously. Finally. Gotta love a bit of ELO.

Steven B grew up solely on 1970s Target novelisations and ABC afternoon repeats of Tom Baker stories in the 1980s. He was sufficiently traumatised by those memories to keep being a fan for longer than is sensible or polite, going on to identify a bit too readily with Peter Davison’s Doctor during his adolescence during the 1990s before morphing into a David Tennant clone in his twenties last decade. Now approaching 900 years of age, he’s very much a fan of Peter Capaldi and is in love with the idea of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor as, appallingly, he nears on his fourth decade of fandom. Honestly, you get less for murder.

Dan from New to Who was a small child in 1988 London, fearfully watching Sylvester McCoy juggle through a crack in the doorway, when he first swore his allegiance to Doctor Who and to juggling. He spent the nineties in Western Australia borrowing Targets from the library, repeatedly renting the same ten VHSes and waking up at 4 AM to watch cruelly scheduled ABC broadcasts. He still can’t quite believe the show has returned in such a wonderful fashion, and must often stop himself doomsday prepping for a second cancellation. Tragically, he never learned to juggle.

Colin Neal’s earliest memory is of Lalla Ward in a quarry trapped inside a clear plastic cylinder. When he mentioned this to her at a convention, she replied, “Oh, you never forget your first companion, darling”. His favourite Classic seasons are the Key to Time and The Trial of a Time Lord; his favourite New Who episodes are The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End. He has quite a fondness for Clara and Ace, he once ate some of Nicola Bryant’s lemon meringue pie, and he was not quick enough to find celery after spotting Peter Davison that one time in Marks and Spencer.

Lizbeth Myles accidentally grew up in the decade and a half when Doctor Who wasn’t on the telly. Luckily VHS (olden times DVDs) had been invented and she made everyone give her Doctor Who stories for her birthday. She tries very hard not to judge people who don’t understand the true genius of The Time Monster. Her favourite robots are the Quarks.

Simon Moore remembers when Doctor Who was something to be whispered about during lunch break with his school companion, podcaster Todd Beilby. His childhood obsessions included getting the newest novelisation at the airmail price and reading the latest news in DWM; his adolescent obsessions were getting copies the Davison era in proper episodic format, and watching copies of the 60s episodes with the top third of the screen invisible. This was all destroyed in 2005, when he found himself unable to come to terms with a Doctor Who that could be described as “popular”, “excellent quality”, and “highly rated”.

When not watching The Enemy of the World, Simon spends some of his spare time broadcasting on Thursday breakfasts on Fine Music 102.5 FM in Sydney. He’s managed to play two different versions of the theme over the past 15 years, and didn’t get any (oh, okay many) complaints.

Adam Richard was born between parts 2 and 3 of Terror of the Autons, and the first episode he remembers seeing was the last episode of Planet of the Spiders (he was 5!) His fave story is Ark in Space, because his old favourite is considered racist now…or lacist as John Bennett would say. When he was 12, Adam queued up to meet the 5th Doctor at Myer, and then again some 30 years later (though not in Myer this time) — such fun!

Adam has been a stand-up comedian, gossip queen, writer and actor for over 20 years. In 2012 he co-wrote and starred in ABC comedy Outland, about a group of gay science fiction fans. He is currently a senior writer on the ABC’s Hard Quiz, and a regular panellist on Whovians.

Pete Lambert first got the Whobug during the BBC’s multifaced repeats of ’81, and first announced he was officially done with this nonsense when Tegan left at the end of Time-Flight. (I mean — SHE WAS THE MAIN ONE!)

He relented and is still Whobuggering about, and since he never did get banged up for smuggling Scotch E240s past Mrs Miggins at the village post office for Australian pirate exchanges, he expects an Arvo Show ident to pop up at the end of most 70s episodes.

Conrad Westmaas’s earliest memory (of anything) is the Sea Devils emerging from the sea on a repeat of Episode Three.

His formative TARDIS era was the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry versus Giant Robots, Wirrn, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen, Zygons etc, which has resulted in a lifelong addiction to Weetabix, Typhoo tea and Saturday nights.

Conrad served as a footsoldier in the Wilderness Years, working for DWM and Big Finish, and can often be found setting off the Ben Jackson Klaxon™ on Twitter at @hairofthehound_.

He was recently put in a headlock by Marek Anton and is still recovering from the undercurrents.

Erik Stadnik’s first ever Doctor Who story was the 1996 TV Movie starring Paul McGann. He didn’t watch Doctor Who again for about twenty years, though those two facts may not be causally linked. He has strong opinions about writing, characterization, dialogue, and theme, and generally doesn’t give a toss about bad CG or iffy CSO, and he thinks you shouldn’t either. He has been a co-host of several Doctor Who-related podcasts, most recently Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room (since regenerated) and The Real McCoy. He also contributed to the essay collections Queers Dig Time Lords and Outside In 2, in which he attempted to turn Daleks in Manhattan into a musical. He currently lives in Prague, where almost nobody has heard of Doctor Who.

Johnny Spandrell spent about forty years watching, reading and thinking about Doctor Who. Then he wrote it all down on his blog, Random Whoness, which former DWM editor Gary Gillatt called “stupendous” and “essential”. At this stage in his many lives, he has a pleasant, open face and frequently makes a wheezing, groaning sound. He lives on the NSW South Coast with his wife, two kids and about a thousand Doctor Who books. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnnySpandrell.

Josh Snares, the CEO of the Nyssa Appreciation Society, has been watching the show for far too long. Like all Doctor Who fans, he can’t stand the programme, but sometimes has something nice to say.

He works as a digital marketer, videographer, YouTuber and practises homosexuality. One day he dreams of being abducted by aliens and getting punched in the face by Jodie Whitaker (hopefully at the same time!)

Joseph Lidster is a writer who has written for lots of things Doctor Who-related but never the TV show. One of his earliest memories is being terrified of handshakes because of the Vervoids. His favourite films are Speed and A Matter of Life and Death. He enjoys socialising with friends and dislikes writing bios for things like this. His favourite Doctor Who hunk is Dibber and he once made friends with a guy who tried to mug him. He can be found on Twitter at @joelidster. Is that enough words, James?