You’re a big Doctor Who fan. I’m a big Doctor Who fan. Sure, we all like to think we’re about the biggest fan of the Gallivanting Gallifreyan in the universe, but Graham Norton has got proof, written proof, that Peter Capaldi out-geeks all Whovians.
Besides writing the Radio Times about how big of a fan he is, he also wrote the BBC asking to be the secretary of the official Doctor Who Fan Club. Graham Norton reads from a book documenting the history of the fan club; specifically the bits involving Capaidi.
The first bit Norton reads is a nice rejection letter from Sarah Newman of the BBC who said she would forward his letter on to the existing secretary. All nice enough and not an unexpected or unusual reply at all. I’m sure they’re used to getting enthusiastic letters from crazed fans so her cordial rejection is probably something she did quite often back in those days.
The fun comes in an excerpt from a letter Ms. Newman wrote to the actual secretary of the Doctor Who Fan Club. In it she seems to toss out any pretense of cordiality when she references Capaldi, saying, “No no no. You’re not by any means worse than Peter C. I had a very sad letter back from him today. I think I better write and apologize. I think he’s the end and I wish the Daleks or someone would exterminate him or something to that effect.”
That’s a little harsh, but Capaldi finds it embarrassingly amusing. Besides, he got the last laugh; Sarah Newman isn’t flying the TARDIS, now is she?
Tune in to BBC America for Doctor Who 807 “Kill the Moon” airing Saturday, October 4 at 9/8c