Falling in Fan: I Need a Life Preserver! Rachael Berkey

I know I just broke up with fandoms.

I know we’ve had our differences. But readers?

I’m in love.

It’s not my fault. It’s these darn characters. I know the show is seven years old at this point. And I know that the characters I am currently infatuated with have been gone for three years now.

BUT I CAN’T HELP IT.

I’m so in-fan with the Tenth Doctor and Rose. I spend my days haunting tumblr for the perfect gif of my favorite scene. I get in fights with my real life friends over who gets to marry fictional characters and say things like, “We’ll be sister wives,” to keep the peace.

How did I get here, reader? How did I go from “meh” about all things fandom only two weeks ago, and now I’m here, squeeing and making faces about characters that haven’t existed in new episodes for years?

This is all the internet’s fault. If it weren’t for Netflix Instant, and people I met on Twitter, this would not be a problem.

I was peer pressured, I tell you! (That’s an excuse, right? I can blame someone else?) I was just living my life. I had heard about this Doctor Who thing. I had even written about it. IT WASN’T NEWS. And then someone said, “Oh Rachael, you don’t have to start back in the 60s. You can start with new Doctor Who. Then you’re only four or five seasons behind.”

So I started. I watched Nine and Rose battle aliens with comically bad special effects. I saw “monsters” that scared the living bejesus out of me.
Seriously, do not walk up behind me and say, “Are you my mummy?” in a creepy little kid voice. I will punch you in the face after I scream.

And then it happened. Regeneration. And I told myself, “Rachael, everybody loves Ten. You cannot love Ten. It’s too cliche.”

But he swaggered in with his skinny legs and his Converse, and his cheekiness. And he was sassy with Rose. And he was sassy with Jackie and Mickey. And they were sassy back.

And it was perfect, readers. It was perfect. Watching Doctor Who went from being a once in a while watching thing to a devouring two or three episodes a night thing. And then the gifs happened. And then the YouTube scouring. And the fanfic reading. DON’T JUDGE ME.

And I got to bask in the glory of Ten & Rose for three short seasons before it happened again. Regeneration. These last few seasons have been “meh” for me. I mean they’re good, but I just don’t feel it the way I did before.

I want the feelings back, readers. I need a fix of the perfect romance that was my first exposure to Ten and Rose. I need it like I need my coffee in the morning. What will my next fanfatuation be?

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  1. i think we should all give 11th doctor and river song a nod too, when they say good bye it will be heart breaking…we already saw river song die with david tennant. darn you steve moffat and your angels

  2. That’s exactly where I am in my life! I live and breathe Ten and Rose Tyler! I freaked out a bit on Doomsday and, yeah, i’m counting the days i am going to see those two reunited again (I know it will happen!!). And, geez, I don’t want Ten to go, I know everybody really likes Eleven, but ugh! Ten is just that great.

  3. The 11th and Amy and Rory were much bigger hits for me than the 10th and Rose. I imagine it’s because, like you said, “everybody loves Ten. You cannot love Ten. It’s too cliche.” I was somehow able to hold onto that through the 10th!

  4. Watch Veronica Mars, if you haven’t already. And Buffy (obvs), and BSG. Fandoms are the best and worst but mostly the best.

  5. Rory and Amy were awesome!! Their exit was definitely more heartbreaking than Rose’s for me.

  6. I have mild feelings for Eleven, but OH MAN do I love Rory and Amy! Definitely one of my favorite couples ever.

  7. Ten and Rose forever. Also Battlestar Galactica is beyond amazing.

  8. Welcome to my life! Cried like a baby when 10 regenerated. Not even a little bit ashamed.

    • I totally did too!

      Although, I’ve grown to like Eleven in different ways. Even Amy Pond grew on me, and Rory is just so adorable. And River Song is badass.

      I just started DW three weeks ago and I’m now completely caught up. I’m sadder about waiting for April for new episodes than that they won’t be Ten. Haha.

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  10. YES! Season 4 broke my heart and I loved it. I just watched “The Decoy Bride” with David Tennant because I miss him.

  11. I totally agree, I don’t get Eleven. I just want to go back and bask in the wonder of Ten and Rose. Even Nine and Rose!

  12. Also, 11 is great. Steven Moffat is probably the greatest Doctor Who writer ever; however I get the feeling of “meh” because 10 meant so much.

  13. Watch Battlestar Galactica. The next series from the ’00s. It has the most satisfying ending of any series ever. Yeah BSG sounds too nerdy to watch, but it is perfection. Also, if you haven’t seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer watch that. That show might be the greatest of all-time.

  14. Welcome to my world. There’s no way back.
    Go suffer with Eleven now!!