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Love & Monsters

“Welcome to the human race.” The Time Team finds love in the unlikeliest of places (er, BBC iPlayer), but wonders what it takes to be a Doctor Who fan.
Gerard, Luke, Beth, Miles and Zainab mime ‘Love & Monsters’ ahead of their latest Time Team session.
Photographs by SAIMA KHALID

This issue’s Time Team: Beth Axford, Gerard Groves, Luke Cutforth, Miles Hall and Zainab Sheriff

“I very much consider them fans. They are.

That’s a fact”, Russell T Davies insisted in 2009, when Doctor Who Magazine asked the then-showrunner whether he considers viewers who have been hooked by the revived, 2005+ show to be ‘fans’ in the same way as the old guard.

“I think some journalists try to restrict the definition of fandom to male, internet-bound merchandise-buyers”, he continued, “because that’s an easy stereotype – and then in turn some fans like that, because they’d prefer to be exclusive – but the vast majority of fans welcome everyone in. Especially the kids, because that’s the lifeblood.”

Ten years later, and five of those ‘kids’ – Time Teamers Beth, Gerard, Luke, Miles and Zainab, who all became fans during those heady, mid-noughties teatimes – gather in a north-west London living room on a Saturday evening to watch one of Doctor Who’s most divisive episodes. “Love & Monsters! Finally!” exclaims Gerard as DWM loads it up on iPlayer.

“WOOHOO! I’ve been waiting for this one…”

Beth’s thrilled too. “I’M SCREAMING!” she screams. “I LOVE this episode. If I’d known, I’d have cosplayed as Jackie Tyler. Or Ursula. Or the Abzorbaloff. Or the Abzorbaloff with Jackie and Ursula’s faces – the perfect storm.”

OK, there’s a lot of love in the room right now. (It is almost Valentine’s Day.) Then, as we’re about to hit play, Russell T Davies – who wrote Love & Monsters – texts DWM: “I can’t believe you Time Team on a Saturday night! I love you ALL.”

“Oh. My. God”, says Beth.

“He’s a legend”, says Luke.

“I could kiss him”, says Miles.

Quick, uncork the pinot noir. Crank up the Il Divo. It’s a bit hot in here. And it’s about to get hotter…


LINDA members Bridget (Moya Brady), Elton (Marc Warren), Mr Skinner (Simon Greenall), Ursula (Shirley Henderson) and Bliss (Kathryn Drysdale).
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Contents include: • Resolution's director Wayne Yip tells DWM how he brought the 2019 New Year's Day Dalek story to life • An exclusive preview of the 'Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 18' Blu-ray box set - and a look behind Logopolis' new digital makeover • An exclusive interview with Season 18’s script editor Christopher H Bidmead • DWM investigates the story of the 1960s Doctor Who audio recordings which were discovered in a skip at the end of 2018 • A visit to one of the Doctor Who escape rooms which are opening across the UK • An interview with Feifei Ruan, the artist commissioned to create Chinese-inspired Doctor Who artwork for Shanghai Comic Con • Part One of 'Herald of Madness', a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches 2006's Love & Monsters and explores what it means to be a Doctor Who fan • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1980 Fourth Doctor story Full Circle • An in-depth look at how Resolution performed in the ratings • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!