Tom Spilsbury was born between Parts Two and Three of The Seeds of Doom, and although he was almost certainly in the room for every episode of Doctor Who transmitted after that point (his Dad was already an avid Doctor Who fan and never missed an episode), the first one he has a clear memory of is Destiny of the Daleks in September 1979. Barely a month later, little Tom was bought a copy of Doctor Who Weekly Issue 1 by his keen father, and a regular order was put in at the local newsagent from that day onwards. Of course, for ten years (between 2007 and 2017), Tom had to literally make the magazine himself, but he’s served his time now, and has been let back out into the community. Today, Tom’s three favourite things about Doctor Who are: Hell Bent, the incidental music from Battlefield, and the Archimandrite’s hat. But tomorrow, who knows?
So Doctor Who is back, doing the same old thing for another year, but this time we’re relitigating the main moral question of a thirty-year-old episode: can we kill a genocidal dictator even though he’s just a small child with a dirty face lost on a battlefield somewhere? Tom Spilsbury joins us to discuss The Magician’s Apprentice.