The Doctor Who fandon is just as big as the world of Star Trek. And when it comes to Comic Con, there's always a chance you can run into someone who dressed as the 10th, 11th or the 12th Doctor. But of course the creativity doesn't stop there as you can see people dressing up as the Tardis or the Master itself. If it comes to cosplay I won't be able to think about anyone else than the Stephanie, aka the German Companion. I've had the honor to get a special interview with her where you can find out more about her love for Doctor Who.
Hello Stephanie, it's really good to have you here. Please tell us what is your first memory about Doctor Who?
Since when you consider yourself fan of the show?
In 1989/90 the 7th Doctor’s episodes were broadcast. But I don’t think I’ve watched all of the episodes back then, maybe a few. But I definitely watched the special “The Five Doctors” in 1995 and found it utterly confusing. The adventures of Doctors 1-5 have never been shown in Germany and the Germans were unaware of the concept of regeneration. So who the heck were all those chaps claiming to be the Doctor? I only remember that I recognized Peter Davison, because I loved him in the role of Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small (still do). After that I forgot about the Doctor. Until 2008. That was when Doctor Who returned to the German television screens. But the time slot they’ve chosen was very unlucky: Sundays, early afternoon. So they cancelled Doctor Who after only two series because the audience rating was so poor. But I consider myself as a fan of the show since then. That’s when I started buying Doctor Who DVDs and Doctor Who books. And I started collecting merch (everything imported from the UK). By now I own more than 80 action figures and lots of Doctor Who related stuff.
What was the first Doctor Who story that you ever seen?
The first Doctor Who story I have ever seen must have been a 7th Doctor’s one. But I can’t really remember (I was 11 back then). But I’ve watched new Who right from the beginning. I remember very well watching “Rose” together with my son (at that time he was 9 and we were both instantly hooked).
What made you do Doctor Who cosplay?
Do you have any favourite character that you cosplayed or you like to cosplay in the future?
What would you say is the best and the hardest part of cosplaying?
According to your instagram feed you love the classic Who era. What do you think about new WHO? Eccleston, Tennant, Smith, Capaldi...
New Who brought Doctor Who back into my life. Without Eccleston I would have forgotten about the Doctor. I adored the 9th Doctor and I remember how shocked I was when he regenerated. I thought I could never get used to Tennant. But he did his job well and of course it didn’t take long until I loved him too. I went through the same process for Smith’s and Capaldi’s Doctor. The stories in new Who are sometimes a bit complicated. Long story arcs expanding over several episodes make me spend too much time trying to solve a puzzle instead of simply enjoying the show. For me a good Doctor Who story needs a threat (something alien scary) and the Doctor who’s going to fix it somehow. That’s it. Maybe that’s why I love the classic Who stories so much. But I’m still excited to watch every new episode. I think Capaldi is an excellent Doctor. Can’t wait for series 10.
Any future cosplay plan?
If you could run away with the Tardis, which Doctor you would like to be your guidance and what would you visit?
But if I really was to choose I’d run away with (oh, I can’t help myself) the 5th Doctor. We’d visit an earth colony on a distant planet in the far future, where humans and some alien races are living peacefully together (well, that’s what it looks like at first sight). I just hope I’ll have a nice death
If you haven't checked out Stephanie's work as a Doctor Who fan, please go to instagram search for the @germancompanion where you can find all the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey cosplay ideas. She built up a fantastic portfolio and a true fan page. I wish her many more fun moments watching and cosplaying the Doctor. :)
For more information about Staphanie please check out the following links and start following the spacey-wacey adventures with her. Allons-y! :)
I would like to extend my thank you for Stephanie aka the German Companion. She took the time to share her enthusiasm about the Doctor Who franchise. I truly wish all the best for her, many more cosplay ideas and all the spacey-wacey adventures to come. :) _\\//