Scifipulse recently caught up with Dominic G. Martin. This actor, writer and producer has worked with Big Finish as well as playing the Doctor in his own fan film series. Additionally, Dominic is known as “Who Chaser” on YouTube. Where he makes videos on how to cosplay each Doctor from Doctor Who. During this interview, he discusses the division in the Who fandom over Jodie Whittaker. As well as which 5 Doctor Who villains he would invite to dinner.
SFP: What got you into Doctor Who?
Dominic G. Martin: Back in 2005 I fell in love with the show after catching a glimpse NOT of Rose, but of a part of Trial of a Time Lord. I was so immensely curious about the series that when it came back with Eccleston later that year, I was absolutely hooked on this whole new series to me, now modernised. After that, I binge watched a load of Classic Who DVDs from my local library. And my fate was sealed!
SFP: What in your opinion makes a good Doctor Who story?
Dominic G. Martin: I don’t think there is a set formula in terms of what makes a good Doctor Who story, as Doctor Who is such a malleable concept that can work with any genre that the characters are thrust into, but then – that’s just it. Good characters. As long as the writing and the characters are solid then you’re in for a winner – and that should always be the aim!
SFP: Following on from that question what would you say are the top 5 Doctor Who stories and why?
Dominic G. Martin: 1 – Caves of Androzani Simply a glorious finale for the Fifth Doctor and the best regeneration story ever in my humble view.
2 – Revelation of the Daleks An astounding outing for Davros and the Daleks, but a very macabre one. The Sixth Doctor is in his element throughout.
3 – Evil of the Daleks I know, another Dalek one, but after seeing this one animated at the BFI, I absolutely fell in love with it. My favourite 60s Dalek story for sure.
4 – World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls A wonderful mix of monster threat via the Cybermen, suspense, tension, darkness and character drama with so many magnificent performances from Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Michelle Gomez et al.
5 – Human Nature/Family of Blood An incredibly ambitious and honest two-parter, I absolutely love what it did. Magnificent performances from David Tennant and Freema Agyeman, they were extraordinary here.
SFP: What would you say to someone who wants to try cosplaying but who is not confident to do so?
Dominic G. Martin: I would say give it a go honestly. It is such a marvellous hobby to get into and there are so many lovely people also into it. Start small, don’t try and aim for anything too complex in terms of costume. And just know that friendship is one of the key factors in what makes this hobby so enjoyable.
SFP: What is your take on the division in the Doctor Who fandom over Jodie Whittaker?
Dominic G. Martin: Division happens at every turn of the Doctor Who community, no matter the Doctor and no matter the showrunner. I think it’s a shame that so much division has arisen because ultimately this is a show that has such a wonderful fanbase and that is so talented. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, whether you like the current incarnation of the show or not, and that’s totally fair. Though I’ve seen some startling things tossed around, like racism, etc which has been quite depressing. But what fandom doesn’t have a massive part of it is divided? I still do believe the Doctor Who fandom for the most part is full of creative, intelligent and talented people, and that’s the sort I like to hang around with!
SFP: What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m working on the debut series for my own Doctor in a fan production! I play the Purple Doctor in DW2012’s own Doctor Who fan film series, and that’s been taking up my weekends! As well as that, in the week I’m working on various official Doctor Who bits and pieces with Big Finish – I pinch myself every day!
SFP: Who do you think would be a good actor to play the 14th Doctor and why?
Dominic G. Martin: T’Nia Miller is my pick. She would be fantastic. I adore her acting in Years and Years, she is so fierce, and she would rock the role so much.
SFP: And finally, if you could invite 5 Who villains to dinner who would they be and why?
Dominic G. Martin: The Master, The Kandyman, Fenric, The Valeyard and the Rani. We’ll have a massive chess tournament full or riveting discussion. Kandyman is there just in case I get peckish.
SciFiPulse would like to extend our warmest thanks and very best wishes to Dominic G. Martin for so graciously taking the time to answer our questions.
Dominic’s Twitter: @DominicJGM
His YouTube channel: Who Chaser – YouTube
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