As previously reported here in the article Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy Down Under with The TARDIS, the Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting story on the touring stage show today. As previously reported, Doctor Who - Inside the TARDIS is touring Australia with Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor), Katie Manning (Jo Grant, companion to Jon Pertwee's 3rd Doctor), as well as Tim Ferguson who is hosting the show.
Inside the TARDIS focuses on the effect that Doctor Who has had on pop culture for more than four decades now. The actors talk about their experiences on and with the long running series. The show features BBC footage of the classic series, and a question and answer session with the audience. Overall it is targeted at the mass appeal of the series on culture rather than the real die-hard fandom that is the usual course at conventions.
Katie Manning points out, "There's a huge difference between what we're doing on this show and a convention, where you have hundreds and hundreds of fans from all sorts of walks of life," in the published article. Speaking to conventions, McCoy states, "When I got to America I was greeted by all these incredibly fat ladies dressed in chamois leather!" (referring to the costumed Leela fans).
McCoy tells of a fan at convention who proclaimed to McCoy, "You are my fifth-favourite doctor."
The article goes on quoting McCoy, "They are different characters, really, when the actor changes, the old hands are disappointed they've lost their last Doctor and they don't like you for a bit. The new generation grows up and you become their Doctor."
To all our friends 'down under' we recommend you catch the show if you can.
See the complete article here: SMH - The Doctor is In.