Only Whoman

23 Nov

The biggest Doctor Who fan I know is my cousin Cory, so what better subject to write upon for the penultimate post of my mammoth Whoxtraveganza than to showcase one of the people who keep the show alive and on form.  Here’s some of the many awesome photos he has supplied me with and also his words…

1392982_10152111674325555_665541172_nFor me, collecting Doctor Who merchandise is just an extension of watching the show. I have an obsessive personality, if I like something, I REALLY like it. It’s a great hobby, because even though there are bound to be disappointments along the way, when rare items slip through your fingers, it’s all part of the thrill of the chase!

1472131_10152111674320555_1168186533_nIt’s also great fun meeting the stars of the show, and even the ones I can’t get round to meeting, I write to…helping me build up an impressive autograph collection!

974544_10152111674240555_998498520_nI have all the DVDs, most of the Target Novels and New Adventures (my collection is nearing to an end now, but there are still some I have to track down) and a complete set of Missing Adventures from the 90’s.

1396478_10152111674225555_1897171347_nAs for Doctor Who Magazine, I haven’t missed an issue or a special since my first purchase, in 2004, and have managed to acquire many back issues since!


It’s hard to explain why I love Doctor Who so much. I just found it, or it found me, at absolutely the right time. And what started out as a show that scared me and made me laugh, evolved into something that carried me through many difficult times in my life.

I’ll always love Doctor Who!

For even more Whisdom from Cory check out his own blog post at: as well listening to his awesome radio show Heavier than Time every Tuesday 7pm – 9pm English time every Tuesday for all your heavy metal needs.


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26 responses to “Only Whoman

  1. Al

    24/11/2013 at 01:37

    WOW! Now that’s fandom


    • Ste J

      24/11/2013 at 09:48

      That’s not half of the photos I got sent but I didn’t have time to post everything…as far as fandom goes I know of no one more obsessed. Or anyone more inspiring to get me into even more aspects of Who I have not yet thought about.


      • Al

        24/11/2013 at 12:02

        What county does he live in? Sometimes in Leicester, they have a Dr Who thing at the National Space Centre.


        • Ste J

          24/11/2013 at 20:12

          He loves just up the road for me, when I am in England that is…just over the border in Derbyshire…if there’s a local convention any time you can guarantee he will be there…FACT!


  2. Cory

    24/11/2013 at 02:01

    My only regret is that they insisted on me wearing that bloody UNIT hat before taking that photo!

    Thank you for the plug sir. Every time I think I reach a pinnacle of Whovianity, something like The Day of The Doctor happens and turns me into a bigger geek!

    Here’s to the next 50 years!


    • Ste J

      24/11/2013 at 09:52

      And beyond! I quite liked the UNIT cap and I noticed it for that too, which made me proud. It’s not long until the Christmas episode now either, so there is even more goodness just as this epic treat starts to digest in my system.

      Capaldi’s eyes were fascinating by the way…so much to read into.


  3. RoSy

    24/11/2013 at 12:07

    WOW – That’s quite the collection!


    • Ste J

      24/11/2013 at 20:05

      It’s definitely one to rival the best, if it is not already in that bracket.


  4. Claire 'Word by Word'

    25/11/2013 at 07:46

    What a collection and a passion, fabulous – it must be so satisfying to have managed to keep everything and in reasonable order. Endless hours of contentment, thank you so much for sharing it with us.


    • Ste J

      26/11/2013 at 11:31

      Perhaps one day when they are all collected together again, I will do a browse of the book collection although now it is spaced so far apart, I am afeared that it will never together again!


  5. readinpleasure

    27/11/2013 at 03:43

    Wow! Your collection is impressive!


    • Ste J

      27/11/2013 at 16:13

      It’s my cousin’s but I will pass that along. he’ll be impressed that word of his collection has reached Ghana. I never really got past the books myself lol…


  6. sakuraandme

    27/11/2013 at 20:03

    I admire anyone that has a passion for collecting what they love. I think the collection is awesome!
    Hugs Paula xxxx


    • Ste J

      28/11/2013 at 10:01

      True words. Perhaps soon I will photograph my mahoosive collection of bat’s toenails…now that would be a riveting post.


  7. gargoylebruce

    16/02/2014 at 02:54

    Weirdly, I am only just now reading this post. I wonder how I missed it. Anyway, you know what Mad Martha’s favourite memory of visiting England is? You’ll never guess. It was discovering that there was a children’s magazine called Dr Who Adventures that came out WEEKLY (and probably still does) with a free little Who-ish thingy to collect EVERY ISSUE! That was exciting. She brought home a copy for each of the 6 weeks of her visit. And a plastic TARDIS moneybox that has since been lost and/or destroyed.


    • Ste J

      22/02/2014 at 20:10

      It’s still out but I don’t go to that section of the newsagents much unless looking for a bit of nostalgia with the Commando comic books. I think there are about four different Who magazines that are out these days, no doubt my cousin has much of the plastic freebies that you speak of, perhaps he’ll do a blog post on ’em.


      • gargoylebruce

        22/02/2014 at 22:20

        Four? Well, Martha’s suitcase would have been well over the weight limit had she spied any of those.


        • Ste J

          23/02/2014 at 09:48

          Last time I think my laptop case weighed more than my actual suitcase, I am so cunning like that, although it was a bind to carry around. That involved several Who magazines as well coincidentally.


  8. aliceatwonderland

    27/01/2016 at 17:32

    I actually have two degrees in English (no, really) but I have not read a lot of the books you highlight. This is partly because my English profs liked to repeat books over and over. I think I covered MacBeth at least 4 times in high school and college, but Hamlet only once, and many, many of the bard’s plays not at all.

    But I know something of Dr. Who because my 11-year-old, lover of all things geek, has fallen in love with it. So we watch it. I never understand what’s going on, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Have you seen the original doctor from the 1960s? Those are the most hilarious shows ever, though I wanted to repeatedly hit the granddaughter Susan with a bat. Or a pair of scissors. And I love that the Dalecks (or however you spell that) have hardly changed since the 1960s. Look out or we will hit you with our plungerrrrs.


    • Ste J

      27/01/2016 at 18:29

      I have no degrees, I wonder if there is a correlation between the two…It is strange that there seems to be a small pool of literature that tends to go around when there is, in the real world shed loads of it that needs to be introduced to willing minds.

      The original Doctor is an interesting character, part cantankerous, part child and a bunch of other stuff I’m too lazy to mention right now. There is something wonderful about the show, be it cheesy or quite serious at times, I did a number of posts on it around its fiftieth anniversary. The Daleks are the least scary baddie these days but that plunger is used to devastating effect in the newer series, I do have a soft spot for the old pepper pots.


      • aliceatwonderland

        27/01/2016 at 18:49

        I think there is a correlation. You learn what your professors choose to teach. And they often go by what books are considered great literature by whoever it is that decides something is great literature. I think that person is a real bummer, because usually the “great literature” is incredibly depressing.

        That’s not to say that there isn’t good literature with sadness in it. But there is also great literature with humor, that is so often neglected. You need a little of both, because literature should reflect life in all its tears and laughter.

        I got a lot of that with the old doctor, and with the new one. I’ll have to look at your other Dr. Who posts.


        • Ste J

          27/01/2016 at 19:45

          True that! Some P.G. Wodehouse or Jerome K. Jerome would go down a treat to all lovers of language and indeed humour. Who is more than an institution over here, TV is rubbish without it, hence my mopey attitude for most of the year.


          • aliceatwonderland

            28/01/2016 at 16:42

            Jeeves! I used to watch the PBS show, then I saw Bertie on House and after House I just can’t go back. (Loved House – he’s so delightfully mean.) But I haven’t read the books. I will have to look at them sometime.


            • Ste J

              29/01/2016 at 08:49

              House really was brilliant, it is strange to see him in anything else, although he does that buffoonish turn in the series Blackadder as well as Jeeves and Wooster and he is surprisingly good at it, I hope he goes back to doing that sort of thing one day and does it slightly drunk, it would be a sight to behold.



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