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16Apr/1014

Is Matt Smith on Twitter?

A lot of people are turning up at the blog seeking an answer to this question.

The answer, as far as I know, is that he is not. But many others from the Doctor Who universe are - including several of yer actual Doctors. Don't look for Moffat or RTD though - or Matt Smith for that matter - they ain't there. Neither are any of the modern Doctors, despite frequent claims to the contrary. The best of the fake accounts was a Chris Eccleston one, easily spotted by virtue of the fact that he seemed very jolly and affable.

I follow quite a few of them - including Nicola Bryant who sadly hasn't posted any more pictures of her leather-bra'd breasts recently - and it's quite affecting to see the Doctor Who Family being mates on Twitter. Very nice indeed. It's not very nice to see some at each others' throats, but it is often funny.

Anyway I've compiled a list below of some types you might want to follow. And, just for the record, Matt Smith isn't on Twitter. And neither is David Tennant, nor Peter Capaldi. I would bet my Perigosto Stick you won't see Eccleston tweeting away anytime soon either...

Doctor Who types on Twitter

Most obvious of all, The Doctors.

Doctors on Twitter

Peter Davison - Sardonic tweets from the Fifth Doctor
Colin Baker - Grumpy, Who-themed tweets from the Sixth Doctor

Paul McGann - Who's Lazenby, the Eight Doctor
John Hurt - The Ninth-ish Doctor; don't expect to hear him in Big Finish
The Five(ish) Doctors - Kickstarted a Twitter frenzy; think it's done by Davison

Doctor Who Companions on Twitter

Most of the existing companions have taken the plunge...

Nicola Bryant - Still the chestiest companion of all and a darling on Twitter. Saucy too
Billie Piper - Wose herself
Yee Jee Tso - Chang Lee, The Asian Child
Freema Agyeman - Beautiful Freema Agyeman, aka Martha hmm-this-isn't-working-out Jones

Janet Fielding - Janet Fielding, aka Tegan Jovanka, still terrifying
Karen Gillan - Ginger, straight, round-faced Amy Pond
Louise Jameson - Leela. Still kills people with janus thorns occasionally
Anneke Wills - Played Polly Lopez, married Michael Gough, seems to have led a life

Katy Manning - Who is Katy Manning? Depends who you ask and which men you mean. AKA Jo Grant
Sophie Aldred - Ace McShane; posh, streetwise Londoner; white kid
Frazer Hines - Jamie's Awae in his Twitter stream. AKA Frazer Hines who, weirdly, sounds like one os the least Scottish people ever. Played Jamie McCrimmon
Arthur Darvill - Arthur Darvill, the one who played Rory Williams

Daphne Ashbrook - Amazing Grace; McGann's first companion
India Fisher - Sexy-voiced, jolly-hockeysticks-esqe Big Finish companion
Bonnie Langford - Ginger, shrill, probably about as boring as they come
Noel Clarke - Micky the Idiot, the tin dog and a massive kick-off on Twitter. Posts great Who selfies though

Doctor Who Writers on Twitter

New series writers, old series writers, NA writers, BBC Books writers, Big Finish writers, comic strip writers, comics writers, DWM writers...

Joe Lidster - Once took ecstasy and wrote a Doctor Who story about it
Paul Cornell - Wrote some very good novels (and a few duffers) and some middling TV episodes. Once upon a time was Who's Great White Hope; mainly does comics these days
Eddie Robson - One of Big Finish's best writers
Mark Morris - Horror novelist, wrote a couple of Who novels, once saw him on a panel with Ramsey Campbell
Nick Pegg - One of the most able writers/performers/directors from the Big Finish stable; also wrote that UKIP Weather Forecast thing
James Moran - Think he wrote some Torchwoods
Neil Gaiman - Wrote Neverwhere and Sandman; plus The Doctor's Wife and Nightmare In Silver
Jason Arnopp - Writes good articles in DWM; also does some horror stuff

Chris Chibnall - Responsible for some of the worst new series Ws and some of the worst television ever on Torchwood; also wrote the universally lauded Broadchurch
Ben Aaronovitch - Wrote the story that rekindled my interest in Doctor Who (Remembrance), also the Best New Adventure (The Also People); now a successful novelist in his own right
Mark Gatiss - Should still adapt Nightshade
Simon Guerrier - Wrote some BBC novels and BF plays; not sure I've come across any
Cavan Scott - Co-wrote a load of action-y Big Finish plays
Rob Shearman - Doctor Who's very own Harper Lee; wrote Dalek and most of the best Big Finish plays
John Dorney - Big Finish?
Andrew Smith - Wrote Full Circle; became a policeman
Andrew Cartmel - Comes out with a lot of total tosh but wrote three bloody good New Adventures
Christopher H Bidmead - A seeming pompous parody of himself and virtually indefensible, despite the fact I rate Castrovala, Logopolis and Frontios
Alan Barnes - Quite enjoyed his tenure as DWM editor; didn't enjoy his Big Finish stories

Gareth Roberts - Destined never to write anything not described as 'whimsical'
Keith Temple - Wrote Planet of the Ood, which I quite liked. Recently saw it dismissed by RTD as 'macho'
Nick Briggs - Writer of the ten-part Chumbly Empire, probably
Justin Richards - Wrote some very good New Adventures, before his career went a little Target-era Terrance Dicks
Phil Ford - Water of Mars, I think
Jonny Morris - Writes well-received books and plays - plus a lot of pretty average list features for DMW
Rebecca Levene - Edited the New Adventures for what was arguably their most successful run. Also wrote some painful New Series reviews when DWM was toeing the party line
Lee Sullivan - Drawer of striking Doctor Who comic art - and the Love and War cover IIRC. Let's hope he got an ex gratia payment of fifty quid from the BBC for his part in creating that iconic character
Stephen James Walker - One of the holy trinity of 90s Doctor Who cataloguers
Mark Clapham - BBC Books alumnus; writing other things these days
Jim Mortimore - Responsible for some of the bleakest Doctor Who writing ever - I always rated his books though. Seems to have erased himself from Doctor Who
John Freeman - DWM editor a long time ago
Adrian Salmon - Excellent Doctor Who artist
Richard Bignell - One of the original Time Team members, also does the Nothing At The End of the Lane website on Doctor Who locations
Lawrence Miles - Once the best new Doctor Who writer on the block; subsequently written lots of interesting but lengthy tracts on the show and alienated most of the people who might have employed him. GUsuallyenerally interesting though.
Richard Marson - Wrote the JN-T book and looked a little disingenuous in subsequent interviews when claiming to be surprised at front page leads featuring Colin Baker next to the words SEX SCANDAL, used to be producer on Blue Peter
Daniel Blythe - Another New Adventures writer who's diversified
Moray Laing - Does the magazine that's aimed at kiddies (there's a joke there)
Dan Abnett - Just zis guy, you know?
Graham Kibble-White - Finally injecting some gumption into DWM reviews

Doctor Who Actors on Twitter

Actors who've been in the series; some more iconic than others...

Tracey Ann Obermann - Cried an oil tear as a Cyberman in one of the worst scenes of all time
Sheridan Smith - Saucy actress, McGann's Radio 7 companion
Simon Fisher-Becker - Fat, blue, decapitated bloke
Warwick Davies - About the only good thing from Nightmare In Silver
Trevor Spaul - In Revelation of the Daleks and that shit Cyberman episode form the new series
Lynda Bellingham - The Inquisitor. Loves gravy.
Dan StarkeyDiminutive Sontaran Strax. Once saw him in a production of The 39 Steps. He was good.



Terry Molloy - He's in the Archers and was the very sibilant Davros. Controversially I think he's the best.
Toby Longworth - Sonorous voice. Tells of Ronnie Corbett for doing coke in that episode of Extras
Brian Blessed - Shouty loony Ycranos in Mindwarp. Sadly never took on Blake's 7's David Jackson in an on-screen fight.
Simon Pegg - Tufty-haired Hollywooder, oddly not included his narration of Doctor Who Confidential on Twitter bio

Ian Cullen - He was in The Azetcs and hasn't stopped acting since, it would seem
Neve McIntosh - Sexy Sapphic Silurian
Tom Chadbon - Amniotic fluid... You, Duggan
Anthony Head - Bat thing and Buffy bloke
Catrin Stewart - Jenny out of the Paternoster Gang. Lower your erect Sonic.
Jessica Martin - Mags in Greatest Show in the Galaxy; lives in the UK, not the planet Vulpana

Doctor Who Crew on Twitter

Composers, directors, production types...

Mark Ayres - Radiophonic Workshop torch-bearer, also wrote scores for Ghost Light and Fenric, therefore brilliant
Peter Howell - Loads of good scores from the 80s; wrote the theme tune that covers Tom, Peter and Colin's titles

Dominic Glynn - He wrote that score for Survival, and is therefore brilliant. He also wrote the Trial of a Time Lord theme tune
Radiophonic Workshop - The Radiophonic Workshop lives again
Murray Gold - Writes all the music for the new series. Not brilliant.
Euros Lyn - Directed some of the more visually interesting early episodes
Caro Skinner - Seemingly erased from Doctor Who - and Twitter - since early 2013
Restoration Team - Official news feed; responsible for making old episodes less atmospheric for two decades; probably denying knowledge of missing episodes forever
Ben Wheatley - I didn't really get A Field In ENgland but I'm expecting great things from his episode
Nick Hurran - Directed that episode with the thing in it and, and the Doctor did a thing with the sonic. Yknow, that one.
Saul Metzstein - Same. Possibly did the Wild West one
Paul Murphy - Another director. You've heard of Wikipedia right?

Doctor Who websites, shops etc

Official streams, DWM, DWAS, shops, publishers and fora

BBC Doctor Who - Gushing official tweets
Doctor Who News - Gushing unofficial tweets
The Who Shop - Sells gushing merch
Gallifrey One - Forums full of gushing
Wife In Space - Wonderful blog from Neil Perryman and his wife, a not-we, watching Doctor Who in order. Very little gushing

Big Finish - Gushing tweets about Big Finish plays
DWM - Gushing Panini-published tweets
BBC Books - Gushing official book-based tweets
DWAS - Irrelevant gush
Telos Publishing - Novellas and thoughtful Who books
Blogtor Who - Big Who Blog
Silva Screen - Still publishing soundtracks after all these years
Den of Geek - Writer of lists, repeater of rumours
The BFI - TV and film archivists and showers
Doctor Who Online - Big site dedicated to Whoish things

Whoniverse disapora

Professional fans, relatives, hangers-on, groups and unclassifiable.

Tom Spilsbury - DWM's current 'Everything is brilliant and silly and lovely' editor
David J Howe - Has a transcendental toybox
Ed Stradling - Testy video guy
Mitch Benn - often funny songsmith, used to be a testy presence on Gallifrey One
Toby Hadoke - Moths ate his Doctor Who scarf
Sean Pertwee - Jon's son. Best avatar on Twitter ever
Sue Vertue - Moff's missus. Responsible for Sherlock, therefore lack of regular Who, depending on who you listen to
Edward Russell - Doctor Who brand manager? Apparently spends a lot of time talking about his band

Clayton Hickman - Former DWM editor, possibly gone back to graphic design
Gary Gillatt - Former DWM editor; now writes affected reviews in DWM
Barnaby Edwards - Um, writer? Something Big Finishy
Ben Cook - Seemingly the only person who wrote anything in DWM for many, many yeas. Now has red hair.
Jason Haigh-Ellery - One of the Big Finish lot
Jon Culshaw - Does Tom Baker impressions
Gary Russell - Former DWM editor, script editor, always been a bad writer
Matthew Sweet - Seemingly on a mission to paint himself as the thinking man's Doctor Who reviewer. Has a doctorate and is frequently credited as Doctor Matthew Sweet, which would sound like a Who villain if you removed his christian name

Nev Fountain - Dead Ringers fella, has written some odd Big Finish things; incredibly having sex with Nicola Bryant
Philip Morris - Basically you owe this man a pint
Paul Vanezis - Restorerer
Ian Levine - On a daily mission to erase every scrap of goodwill due for retrieving lots of 60s episodes from a skip
Michael Troughton - Pat's son, wrote a book on his Dad
Steve Roberts - Professional missing episodes rumour refuter; Restoration Team alumnus

Patrick Mulkern - Radio Times writer, not always on-message
Hyde Fundraisers - Money-raising fancy-dress legends. Responsible for making Davros says the words "I was in York this weekend," to Colin Baker
Peter Crocker - Another Restoration Team member
James Goss - Former BBCi fella responsible for Scream of the Shalka and the like. Got a bit of a rough ride in a recent 2005 retrospective in DWM
Jeff Parker - Doctor Who Experience guy

Feel free to suggest any I've missed.

  • http://cordallius.wordpress.com cordallius

    Oh, bloody hell. You missed the two stars of Whovian Twitter, @THEMattySmith and @THEDavidTennant Needless to say, these two may err towards the fake.

    • The Master

      Especially because they state on the pages that they’re fake. B:

  • Jess

    You forgot Steven Moffat!

    http://twitter.com/steven_moffat

    Can’t forget the writer of the new Dr Who :)

  • Becca

    Steven Moffat is also on twitter

    steven_moffat

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  • http://www.windupbattery.com Solar Frog

    Nicola Bryant who played Peri is on twitter http://twitter.com/thenicolabryant @thenicolabryant . She was the first to publicly announce Elisabeth Sladen’s death as far as I know, using twitter itself.

  • Deimos

    I think you forgot Arthur Darvill!! http://twitter.com/#!/RattyBurvil

  • http://gravatar.com/darlaroseg Darla

    Rather tangentially, Simon Pegg is also on twitter. @simonpegg

  • Gary Walker

    Sixth doctor Colin Baker is also on Twitter @SawbonesHex

  • @thebrownwelsh

    Both Tennant and Eccelston are on Twitter. You’ve just gotta look. Tho Eccelston never Tweets & Tennant never responds.

    To me. I should add he never responds ‘to me’. Probably because I critique his rendition of the Doctor a LOT.

    • Lis

      What are their twitter names?

  • http://www.robinbrown.co.uk Robin Brown

    @gary http://probicvent.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/colin-baker-is-on-twitter/

    @welsh – do tell then. Ecclestone’s historic email address used to be mrpunchXXXX@XXXX.com

  • Austin

    Karen Gillan is on! Can’t forget amy pond!
    KarenGillanUK

  • Alicia

    Mark Gatiss. @markgatiss

  • http://twitter.com/osmtsn osmtsn

    @KarenGillan2