It’s four years since Rob Lloyd first brought this autobiographical,
Lloyd is an engaging, energetic performer with a brilliant comedic instinct.
While her 13th Doctor is briefly referenced on a few occasions, the core of the show is fundamentally unchanged; this is a journey back in time to 1996 Australia, where young, self-declared ‘drama nerd’ Rob Lloyd first discovered and fell in love with Doctor Who. Which, frankly, was about the worst time possible; after being off television screens for seven years, the alleged ‘failure’ of a TV movie starring Paul McGann had seemingly consigned the Time Lord to absolute television oblivion. The only thing more ridiculed than Doctor Who itself by this point was being a Doctor Who fan.
Nevertheless, as Lloyd explains, that’s what he became, full of enthusiasm for the iconic BBC series and desperate to track down as many episodes, books and magazines as possible. The question Who, Me asks — not entirely seriously, as the answer is rather a foregone conclusion — is whether this major influence on his life and personality was ultimately good for him, or just a dangerous obsession. It’s not as if he doesn’t have ‘previous’ when it comes to such things — as a kid he was a big fan of Star Wars (which came back to haunt him), and then Sherlock Holmes.
Lloyd is an engaging, energetic performer with a brilliant comedic instinct. Yes, his honesty borders on the dangerous — really, should anyone admit in public to having seen The Phantom Menace quite so many times in the cinema? But this show’s great strength is that you don’t need to know what The Doomsday Weapon is, or who The Carole Ann Ford Clinic is named after. That said, if you do, it just adds to the pleasure.