“I didn’t need drugs to be transported away from the mundanity and frustrations of life – I had the Mind Robber on VHS”
Being a Doctor Who fan, for many, is a way of life. Like any way of life, some people abandon it, some fall out of love with it and some never leave it. Toby Hadoke never left it.
‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’ was (and still is) a part of Toby’s regular stand-up routine. It’s a life story set in the background of the Saturday evening battles against the evil of the universe. It tells of the joy we all feel when our favourite television program flickers into life. How we get away from real life and go, well, anywhere, with our hero – The Doctor.
We are given a tale of growing up, being bullied, going to university, getting jobs and having kids. All of these connected in some way with his obsession of a television program.
Struggles of a childhood which were spent in the company of the good Doctor, when his Dad left home or whenever Star Wars ‘fans’ had a pop. It isn’t just Toby’s tale that is unique. Many fans during those glorious years of the 70's/early 80's, will reminisce the same. Even those turbulent times in the late 80’s and the years without Doctor Who and the false dawn that was the 96 movie. Right through the novels, audios and fan conventions.
Even today, with Doctor Who being ‘cool’, there is still the same love, the same sense of pride. It’s now acceptable to be a Doctor Who fan. A new generation of children and families are tuning in. Toby’s obvious delight at his young son inheriting his love for Doctor Who is evident, maybe Toby would like to share his Dalek toys now? Ok, maybe not!
Doctor Who memorabilia such as books and audios are selling more than ever, fan conventions are being sold out as quickly as top West End shows. The show is watched by people all around the world, thanks to their ‘red eye flights’. DVD sales are stacking up in their millions. Has Doctor Who ever been so popular? How long will it last? Who cares, I know I’m a Doctor Who fan for life, even if they do bring The Kandyman back!
Funny, witty and cleverly written, ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’ is the fan’s fan audio and is well worth a listen. Louise Jameson also stars and Colin Baker makes a voice-over cameo. You can grab the story on CD and if you can catch him live, I would strongly recommend you do so!
Doctor Who isn’t a television program, it’s a way of life.