Trip of a Lifetime: Celebrating 14 Years of “NuWho”- and 3 Years of the DWC

Doctor Who has been back on our TV screens for 14 years now, with Rose airing on 26th March 2005. Viewers gazed into the vastness of space before zooming towards our own planet, and finding themselves plummeting into adventure. For many – myself included – this little event changed their lives.

Indeed, if I hadn’t watched that episode, I wouldn’t be writing this right now. I remember recording and watching it, immediately enamored with the wonders of the universe; sadly, someone recorded over it after I’d seen it, but by the time The End of the World rolled around, I’d put aside a special VHS to keep the whole series. (Naturally, one sole VHS didn’t do it, especially factoring in Doctor Who Confidential too, so subsequent videos had to be found just for this monumental task.) Christmas Day 2005, and I opened the Series 1 TARDIS boxset, meaning I could finally rewatch the Nestene Consciousness take control of all those breast implants.

Fast forward a tad and you’re here. It’s been quite a wonderful thing, integrating into this community – sure, there have been upsets, disagreements, and The Tsuranga Conundrum, but overall, I’ve made a lot of friends because of that mad little programme about a Time Lord righting wrongs, waging wars, and threatening deadly species with Jammy Dodgers.

And I still get a thrill seeing this:

The Doctor Who Companion launched 3 years ago today, and quite a bit has changed. Hopefully, we’re always moving forwards, onto greater things, but we’ve lost people along the way, so I’d like to say thank you to those folk for being an important part of the site.

Of course, a big thank you to you, dear readers. Without you, there’d be little point to this.

I hope you like what we’re up to – particularly as we have some exciting things planned for the future, including a couple of themed weeks over Easter and a project that covers the entirety of Doctor Who on TV. That is, if all goes according to plan. Right now, things seem good, but for goodness’ sake, someone touch wood. Jabe! Jabe, where are you?! (She always Cheems me up.)

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the DWC team. I’m very proud of you all. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and of what this site is. That’s down to all of you.

“Right you lot. Back below decks now. Don’t you take that tone of voice with me, young’un. I don’t care if you haven’t seen daylight since last August; you’re a Doctor Who fan – you should be used to cowering in the dark. Oh, I’ll give you “Wilderness Years”.”

Ahem. Anyway. 14 years since Rose, eh? Where does the time go?