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Waris Hussein, the first director of Doctor Who (he had directed An Unearthly Child back in 1963) turned 73 today. Though you would never guess it if you spent some time with him as he comes across as someone much younger. We had the honour and privilege of spending a little time with him in Los Angeles last February when we introduced him as our special surprise guest in our Doctor Who: Podshock live show on stage at Gallifrey One. He is charming and intelligent.
A couple weeks ago for the 48th anniversary of Doctor Who I once again watched An Unearthly Child (Part One) as I do traditionally on the anniversary. Despite its age, it never gets old.
Happy Birthday, Waris!
Ian Bisset, Correspondent
Ian Bisset was born and raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and until 1988 was a Doctor Who watcher rater than a fan, it took the acting prowess of Colin Baker to start the young man off in his journey to becoming a Doctor Who fan!
By 1991, Ian was established in the Wellington Chapter of the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club and attended his first Doctor Who convention (it was one day with no guests an it was held in a school hall). By 1992, Ian was instrumental in organizing DoctorCon 2,
Yet another guest-less convention, but one that got the attention of the New Zealand media due to a typo.
Doctor Who crew and cast at the Paley Center for Media in April 2010. We were there covering the event for Doctor Who: Podshock.
(L-R) Executive Producers Beth Willis and Piers Wenger, Matt Smith (11th Doctor), Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat, and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond).
Photo by Louis Trapani
Graeme Sheridan, "The Germany Report" Guy
After serving in the British Army for 13 years, serving in places such as Kosovo, Bosnia, Germany, and Canada. He settled in Germany due to slightly better job prospects, and squeezes in podcasting between security duties. He is responsible for "The Germany Report" section of Doctor Who: Podshock, and heads up two podcasts of his own, Professor How the "Doctor Who Parody" Podcast and B-movie invasion "The Classic Sci-fi Podcast" both available on iTunes.
Music by Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith is an independent artist based out of Nashville TN. He has been a listener and friend of Doctor Who: Podshock since the very beginning.
His massively catchy power pop styles are reminiscent of the Beatles, Ben Folds and Squeeze.
Musician, songwriter, producer, writer, actor, entrepreneur, new media personality and owner of the iPhone ringtone company, Ringtonefeeder.com
Released his latest album, Ones and 0s, also as a dynamic subscription with a year of bonus tracks.
Correspondent Tara Wheeler
Tara Wheeler grew up with friends who were Trekkies. She knew there was something else out there waiting for her, but it wasn't until she was fourteen that she found it. Her first episode was 'The Five Doctors' so she likes to think that 'all of them' is her Doctor. She started knitting Doctor Who scarves the same year she discovered Doctor Who and thinks she's knitted somewhere around forty or so. She's met the actors who have played Two through Eight, plus most of their companions, writers, producers and staff.
Joshua Lou Friedman, West Coast Correspondent
Joshua Lou Friedman has worked in films and television since 1991. His television credits range from children’s animation (“Inspector Gadget”, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”), to award-winning favorites such as “Heroes”, “CSI: New York”, “Monk”, “Everybody Hates Chris”, “Worst Week” and “Alias”. His feature film credits include “Transformers”, “9”, “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny”, “Cougar Club”, “Wizard of Gore”, “Big Bad Wolf”, “Midnight Meat Train” and the forthcoming “Bitch Slap”.
Billy Davis, Special Correspondent
Billy Davis is the newest addition to the Doctor Who: Podshock support team joining in 2008. His title: Special Correspondant. He can be heard occasionally on the podcast reporting from the various Doctor Who conventions and events he attends around the US. Billy is a native New Yorker and a long time science fiction fan who become a Doctor Who fan in 2005 with the new series.
Mike Doran, Canadian Correspondent
Mike Doran first saw Doctor Who on TV Ontario in the late 1970s and has been a fan of Doctor Who since childhood. He attended his first local group meeting at a young age and has been involved with Canadian Doctor Who fandom for more than twenty-five years. This involvement has included running local groups, editing fanzines and organizing events of all sizes. A former organizer with The Doctor Who Information Network (North America's largest and oldest Doctor Who fan club Mike still works on Who Party (North America's oldest Doctor Who convention) and other Doctor Who related events in the Toronto area.