Today I encountered someone I know very slightly. I was pretty sure I had seen her at the theater last night, so I was asking her if I it had been indeed her I had seen. She informed me that she was, and then asked me what I thought of the episode. I told her how much I enjoyed it, and that overall the end was fantastic. Now, I was referring to seeing the return of Four. However, I don’t think she understood that. She proceeded to tell me that she was an old Who fan from way back, unlike those us of us who are new. When I tried to interject that I’m not new to Who, she blew me off, and took to talking to someone else.
Now, I know that I don’t look like a teenager anymore, but I also don’t look like I’m nearly 30. Plus, I was wearing my adorable new Who shirt that features Ten leaning against the TARDIS which bears the words “Bad Wolf.” These two things combined screamed “NEW TO WHO.” So, nothing about me said that I am a long time fan, or that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know about Doctor Who.
I know that there’s quite a bit of frustration among Whovians over those who star watching just because “Matt Smith is, like, so totally hot.” However, it makes me sad that some people seem to assume this about their fellow Whovians, and they don’t take a minute to find out the truth.