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Top fans: Doctor Who researcher and New Zealand fan club president Paul Scoones with wife and fellow fan Rochelle.
Photo: BEN WATSON
news.co.nz to hear Paul
Scoones talk about being a
Timelord fans love their Daleks
By LIZ WILLIS
Doctor Who fan Paul Scoones
met his wife through an
obsession with the world's
longest-running sci-fi series --
and now makes a living from
it.He's the New Zealand fan
club president of the series
and is paid to write infor-
mation subtitles for Dr Who
Mr Scoones came to the
attention of the BBC through
his club magazine.
Watching old Doctor Who
episodes and researching
them now helps pay the bills.
He has also been com-
missioned to write two books
on the long-running Doctor
Daleks and doctors entered
the Takapuna resident's life
when he was six.
Though terrified, I always
wanted to watch it,'' Mr
Most kids had a thing of
daring themselves to watch,''
He'd started collecting mem-
orabilia by 11 and the only
Doctor Who-free zone in his
house is the lounge.
Marrying a fellow Doctor
Who fan didn't help.
Wife Rochelle's collection
and sci-fi collectibles business
competes for space.
The popularity of Doctor
Who with a new generation
helps them make a living.
Mr Scoones says the show is
unusual because you can
change the entire cast, and
people will still watch it. Peter
Davison is his favourite out of
the 11 Doctors for his under-
stated nature and sly sense of
The show kicked off in 1963
but skipped a generation when
it went off air for about 15
years from 1989. It was
initially loved for its creative,
low-budget special effects but
the doctor's travels are now
Like any fans there is dis-
agreement about whether it's
good or bad. The majority of
them have embraced it.''
The doctor also became a
sex symbol with the arrival of
David Tennant attracting
many female fans.
Rochelle Scoones was only
one of two female fans when
she joined the New Zealand
club. Now the majority of fans
Most fans were either single
men or men whose partners
couldn't stand the show in the
club's early days.
Mr Scoones is delighted at
the broader popularity of the
series and says his young
nephews enjoy old episodes
right back to the beginning.
But for ardent fans like Mr
Scoones there is sadness that
there will forever be gaps in
their Doctor Who collection.
That's because the BBC
destroyed many earlier
episodes because the record-
ings posed a fire risk.
A number have been
returned to the BBC, includ-
ing a New Zealand print Mr
Scoones tracked down.
Go to www.doctorwho.org.nz
to join the New Zealand Doctor
Who Fan Club.
Programme changes lives with literacy
Hard at work: EasiYo chief executive Paul O'Brien with worker Sione Leaaepeni, who has completed
a literacy programme through the company.
Photo: BEN WATSON
Sione Leaaepeni could
hardly read English when he
started his job at Albany's
Now the packing assistant
is finding it easier to do basic
tasks at work thanks to a lit-
eracy programme organised
by the company.
Mr Leaaepeni immigrated
to New Zealand from Tonga
to seek a better life for his
employees at the factory who
took part in a government-
funded English and numer-
The Skills4Work course
taught him how to fill out
safety and packing forms
properly. Participants who
completed the course were
presented with a certificate.
It was the first certificate Mr
Leaaepeni had received.
The company's chief execu-
tive Paul O'Brien is proud of
his workers' achievements.
We quickly identified that
many of our staff needed to
learn basic English literacy
and now feel that the course
has helped improve work-
place confidence, wellbeing
and safety levels on the fac-
tory floor,'' he says.
Many of the packers are
from the Pacific Islands.
Having skilled workers is
valuable because the com-
pany cannot afford to have
its brand name tarnished,
Mr O'Brien says. Mr Lea-
aepeni is a loyal, hard work-
ing employee and he is
happy to be able to help him
further his career.
Mercury Energy Movies by
Moonlight are running at
Films such as Inception,
Twilight and the Karate Kid are
showing at Rosedale Park in
Albany on March 4.
Others under the Movies in
Parks programme are at
Dudding Reserve in Little Shoal
Bay and Milford Beach
A Taste of Kiwi, a series of
acclaimed movies featuring
home grown talent such as Boy
and The Lovely Bones, is at
Collins Park in Greenhithe.
co.nz for more information.
NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, FEBRUARY 11, 2011
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