Who knows how to have a big Day out

Take me to your leader... Aaron Creaser is president of the Doctor Who fan club the West Lodge. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411249
Take me to your leader... Aaron Creaser is president of the Doctor Who fan club the West Lodge. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d411249

The excitement is building among Perth’s Doctor Who fandom as the November 24 screening of the series’ 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor draws closer.

Aaron Creaser, of Aubin Grove, will watch the movie three times on that day, one of those ensconced in a timber Dalek costume he and his dad made about a decade ago.

With a built-in voice synthesiser, he will demand others at a 4pm Morley movie screening ‘take him to their leader’ along with the stilted and familiar command of ‘exterminate’ ” but the feverish fellow fans will expect nothing less.

He said the best thing about wearing the costume in public was when people thought there was no one inside and began having a closer look ” that was the perfect time to scare them with an unexpected fever-pitch ‘exterminate’.

His favourite doctors are 1989’s Sylvester McCoy (the seventh Doctor), the more subdued replacement for Colin Baker ” who blogged his annoyance at being left out of the 50th anniversary tribute ” and third doctor Jon Pertwee (1970-74), the velvet-coated, cravat-wearing version that preceded the wacky scarf-wearing Tom Baker (1974-81).

And he has invested in a $115 silver commemorative Doctor Who coin released by the Perth Mint, with initial stocks of the coins exhausted soon after release, including collectable $3000 gold coins.

He has been president of the 30-year-old WA fan club for eight years on an off, and says its 60 members are of varying ages but said many were young due to the popular rebooted series with actors David Tennant and Matt Smith adding to its appeal.

The club meets monthly with members travelling from far and wide, including from the Wheatbelt town of Pingelly.

He said costumed club members would gather at Kings Park for a barbecue on the afternoon of November 23 before preparing to watch the movie-length episode on ABC1 at 3.50am the following morning.