Q/A Benjamin Cook

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Benjamin Cook cosies up to David Tennant's Doctor

What's your desert island Doctor Who story?

Love & Monsters, or Blink, or Episode 2 of the upcoming run.


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

Johnny Depp. It could still happen. Or Heath Ledger. It probably won't.


Who is the sexiest Doctor Who producer?

I'm nominating Marcus Wilson – not only the sexiest, but also the wisest, wittiest, kindest, and most charming. Marcus carries himself with the confidence of an Olympian. He unites gentleness of conduct with strength of mind. And he's Doctor Who's current producer, so it's up to him whether I'm allowed on set or not. Did I mention how wise Marcus is? And witty? I did say witty, didn't I?


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

Tom Baker. David Tennant. Matt Smith. (I deleted Billie Piper's number in case I felt the urge to drunk-text at four in the morning.)


Ian Levine. Discuss.

Oh, leave him alone.


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

No, but it's okay if you do.


Which single episode would you like to be recovered?

The first episode of Power of the Daleks. Or, for a laugh, The Feast of Steven.


Which is your favourite regeneration scene?

Ninth to Tenth, for Chris' final line.


What are the best and worst things about Doctor Who fandom?

Its enthusiasm.


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

I've never heard one. (How much do I like Katy Manning, on a scale of nought to ten? Eleven, at least.)


Has a Doctor Who story ever made you cry?

Only once. "Well, there was this one guy. I travelled with him for a while, but he was a tough act to follow." So yeah, School Reunion.


Name a Doctor Who story you've never seen.

Loads. The ones that are missing, obviously. Which ones would appall you? Planet of Giants, The Web Planet, The Gunfighters, The War Games, The Sea Devils, Frontier in Space, The Seeds of Doom, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, and more. I gave up on Season Sixteen after The – admittedly excellent – Pirate Planet, so I still don't know whether the Fourth Doctor and Romana ever tracked down the rest of the Key to Time. (Thinking about it, they probably did.) Post The Horns of Nimon – which I'm saving for my deathbed – I think I've seen every Doctor Who story bar Warriors of the Deep, Frontios, and Planet of Fire.


Have you ever thought about Doctor Who during sexual intercourse?

Er, I sometimes think about Torchwood. (But never during sexual intercourse.)


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

A couple of dozen books, some of which I've written. A shelf full of Doctor Who Magazines – ditto. Several photos from filming, some of which I'm in. A toy Dalek. Half a dozen DVDs. And Pigbin Josh's weathered corpse under my bed.


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

This is the geekiest interview. Um. Facebook informs me I have 256 friends. (This is more than I need. Note to self: delete some.) Of those, I've just gone through and counted 25 who would know what 'the Cartmel Masterplan' is or what 'UNIT dating' means. That's when I realised that life's too short.


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

Barrowman! *shakes fist*



Benjamin Cook, 12, writes things and interviews people off the telly and stuff. He spends half his life on the set of Doctor Who, and the other half in bed. His vacuous waffle has appeared in Radio Times, Doctor Who Magazine, TV Times and The Telegraph, as well as various publications he played a small part in destroying: Cult Times, TV Zone, Filmstar, etc. He co-wrote – with Russell T Davies – Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale and its sequel, The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter. You can follow Benjamin on Twitter (@benjamin_cook).



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