“My grandma is a huge fan. My auntie was over from Australia when I got the part and she used to hide behind the sofa from the Daleks. My family — it was kind of like every single generation [except me]. It was quite strange, though — as soon as I started auditioning, when you actually look, Doctor Who really is everywhere. I turned up at the BBC for my audition and I was eating my lunch and I looked up and there’s a life-size cutout of Matt just staring at me.”—
In an amusing spoof of the possible future for Doctor Who, SFX Magazine creates their own alternate universe that starts rather innocuously with the Twelfth (female) Doctor and a Rose Tyler “Defender of the Earth” series on HBO, and ends on a theme park populated by cloned Doctors.
There’s also this great bit:
Doctor Who (US version – now starring Justin Bieber, undergoing a massive career renaissance) is the first show in the world to be made for Total Immersion TV, a primitive form of Virtual Reality, with a limited interactive element. Soon the BBC and eight other Who franchises are following suit. The set-up involves sitting inside a specially constructed pod. It’s not long before all these booths are generally called TARDISes, whatever you’re using them to watch.
“My thoughts are, when I watch again, that it was really splendid work. Because the script and the production allowed us to act. And we had so much time and space to present the characters. It was all done in a great rush but I think it was quite an achievement. When I sit back and watch it now, I feel very pleased about it. It was a good piece of work, the acting was good and there was time somehow, and I think that’s a quality I really liked, because in a sense this kind of production allowed and awoke the imagination of the viewer. They could fill in where we didn’t have great special effects…but this allowed the imaginations to be stimulated and they had the time to get excited about it…and I think that was part of the success.”—William Russell (Ian Chesterton) in the commentary for An Unearthly Child.