Whilst watching youtube videos post-2014 Television BAFTAS, I came across the Radio Times Audience Award Winners one. Doctor Who won for the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor. In the video, producer Marcus Wilson states “The show is now being made by fans”.
This sits awkwardly with me. I do consider myself a fan of the programme. I’ve watched every episode since the programme was brought back in 2005 except for the Series 6 episode Closing Time which I missed and never caught up on (mainly due to my dislike of James Corden and Matt Smith being my least favourite “new” Doctor). I’ve started watching episodes from the classic era of Doctor Who. I read threads on the Doctor Who forum on Digital Spy, I reblog Doctor Who related things on tumblr, I buy Doctor Who merchandise whilst meeting the actors at Cardiff Comic Con and so on.
Me dressed as Rose from Series 2 Episode ‘Tooth and Claw’ with a Dalek at Cardiff Comic Con
However, through my university course, I have also approached the programme as a researcher. I have written assignments on the representation and production of the programme as well as dedicating my dissertation to it! Assuming an unbiased, academic perspective towards my work has made me realise the extent to which the fan is involved. I have been able to view the fandom from a distance and have felt that, at times, the fandom can be understood as a problematic concept.