Hello and Welcome…

Hello, my name’s Ion and I’m a Doctor Who fan (a Who’er if you like, although that sounds a bit dodgy, especially when you say it in a Newcastle accent). Oh, and that’s Ion as in Chesterton, by the way, not Ion as in rocket (you know, like the one Professor Eldred cobbled together in the shed at the bottom of his garden). It’s Welsh you see. Yes, I’m as Cymraeg as Twenty-First Century Who (well…I was born a mile inside the Welsh border. Still, that’s good enough for me…mind you, some people swear blind it’s Shropshire). Just don’t ask me to speak the lingo though - the only thing I can say is “Good evening dear, I can’t find the Radio Times”, something that'll only ever be of use should I find myself wanting to make a move on a local newsagent.

Anyway, I’m a massive Doctor Who fan, and have been for as long as I can possibly remember. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie. Since Saturday 26th January 1974 and Part Three of Invasion of the Dinosaurs to be precise. From that moment on I’ve loved the show with a passion…erm…except for that time we fell out in the late Eighties that is. Nevertheless, thanks (or perhaps in spite of) the Virgin New Adventures, by the time the TV movie had winged its way across the Atlantic we were back on speaking terms and about to enter a loving relationship which hasn’t wavered to this day.

Some of you might already know all this, of course, as this blog isn’t exactly new. However, it is somewhat different now. Whereas before I was taking a leisurely stroll through each story, this time it’ll be much quicker. Each week, usually on a Sunday, I’ll be posting random musings (as opposed to in-depth reviews) on a story in its entirety as I re-watch the series from beginning to end. However, I'm also a (mature...well, mature-ish) student, so when the studying work load is heavy that'll take precedence. Nevertheless, this is an ongoing project and I'm determined to cover every story no matter how bloody long it takes. Each time I watch an episode I’ll tweet a sort of “Thought for the Day” just so you know where I’m up to and that I haven’t thrown the towel in and decided to do a Jupiter Moon marathon instead (let’s face it…that’s never going to happen!)

Why ‘The Inebriated Anorak’? Well, the “Anorak” part is fairly self-explanatory and “Inebriated” because there’s nothing better than sitting down to an episode of Doctor Who with a nice big stiff one (a comment which should give you some idea of the direction in which this whole thing is going). Not that I want anyone to think you have to be pissed to watch it (but sometimes it does help!) Eventually, I’ll expand the blog and add a few new features (time permitting). However, the main aim is to have fun. Think of it as the programme guide Jean-Marc Lofficier might’ve written had he been in possession of a surfeit of sarcasm and a well-stocked drinks cabinet. Those of a sensitive disposition should also note that sometimes rude words might be used. You have been warned!

Welcome aboard...