Q/A Jenny Colgan

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Jenny Colgan, author of Dark Horizons

What's your desert island Doctor Who story?

Silence in the Library. I just can't imagine ever getting tired of watching it.


Who's the best actor that should have played the Doctor?

Idris Elba might be a bit too straightforwardly handsome for the role, but think of the authority he'd bring to it. And I'd love to see Ben Miller have a shot at it. He's just very Doctor-y to me.


Who is the sexiest Doctor Who producer?



Who's the most famous Doctor Who related person you've got in your phone contacts?

Well, I know Catherine Tate a bit. And I know Tracey Ann Oberman, who was so brilliant as Yvonne in Army of Ghosts. And Gareth Roberts and Paul Cornell and I chat on Twitter. Well I say chat. I bug Paul, to be entirely frank.


Ian Levine. Discuss.



Do you have all your Doctor Who DVDs in transmission order on your shelf?

No. But I do series-link to every single series so I have about six copies of everything just in case.


Which single episode would you like to be recovered?

I honestly can't remember which episodes I've seen - from when BBC2 repeated them all in about 1982, and which I've just read. I genuinely can't tell you, for example, if I've actually seen The Brain of Morbius or just conjured it up in my mind from the adaptation. Either way, it's COOL.


Which is your favourite regeneration scene?

Logopolis blew me away, I was totally surprised by the creepy white walker. Of course it was my first one. Absolute definite kudos for the fake regeneration in The Stolen Earth too, that totally wound up the entire country.


Which Doctor Who scene frightened you most as a child?

The Horror of Fang Rock, when Reuben gets possessed. He just walks past the door of the room the Doctor is in and you know he's alien and killing people and nobody else does, it totally scared me to bits. Also in Kinda, Tegan's dream sequences really messed with my head.


On a scale of nought to ten, how much do you like Katy Manning's DVD commentary contributions?

I've never heard one I'm afraid.


Has a Doctor Who story ever made you cry?

Oh, of course. Loads of them."'My Sarah-Jane." "Yes, I am your mummy." "Time can be rewritten." "Not these times, not one line, don't you dare."


Name a Doctor Who story you've never seen.

I will put my hand up now: I have never seen a Colin Baker Doctor Who.


Have you ever thought about Doctor Who during sexual intercourse?

Hahahaha. I wouldn't go quite that far, but in the Doctor-Donna Rose spin off I'm writing in my head, they have a LOT of children.


What evidence is there in your home that you like Doctor Who?

Well, my two year old's first words were "DOCTA WHO." She likes to play with the little mini-figures that are scattered on my desk, so she thinks it means 'sit up with mummy'. And I was sat next to David Morrissey at a dinner once just after The Next Doctor and he was explaining why actually being the real Doctor would be so difficult because he didn't think he was cut out to handle the fan stuff as well as David Tennant was clearly doing at the time, and I nodded along saying, "Hmm, yes, oh dear me, fans," like a grown up, all the while desperately trying to conceal the very big TARDIS key ring I had in my very small evening bag.

And perhaps some mugs and a money box and maybe a sonic screwdriver pen. Oh and perhaps I bought the identical blue notebook the Doctor uses. And it's possible I make my four year old wear a bow tie. But apart from that hardly anything. Oh yes, my middle name is TARDIS.


What percentage of your friends would know what "the Cartmel Masterplan" or "UNIT dating" means?

I know exactly, from my email list. Two, from about 200 chums. So, 1%. Well done Jim and Andy.


What are the most embarrassing lengths you have ever gone to in order to ensure you didn't miss an episode of Doctor Who?

Hauling a whole group of non-Whovians over to watch The Unquiet Dead instead of letting us go out for dinner. I was so bossy. It's not a bad episode, but it's not Blink.


Give us a hint of the most scandalous behind the scenes Doctor Who gossip you know.

Don't you think if I had any leverage at all I'd be using it to write my saucy Doctor-Donna/ Rose spin off?



Jenny Colgan, 14, is an award-winning author. Her books include Amanda's Wedding, Looking for Andrew McCarthy and The Good,the Bad and the Dumped. As 'JT Colgan' she's just published the Doctor Who novel Dark Horizons. According to The Guardian her interests include "Jon Stewart, Nintendo, traditional music, Edinburgh, oysters, trains, Kate Bush and complaining boringly about the West Wing being cancelled."



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