First published on 14 Sep 2011. Updated on 24 Sep 2011.
Rob Lloyd’s Who, Me. is playing at North Melbourne Town Hall as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. We caught up with him to try and work out what on earth would inspire a man create a 55-minute show devoted to Doctor Who.
The answer, according to Lloyd, is simple: "I wanted to know once and for all if Doctor Who has been a good influence or a bad influence on my life, and the best way to do that is to put The Doctor on trial."
As a Doctor Who obsessive, the mantra ‘what would The Doctor do’ has steered Lloyd in the right direction many a time, but at the same time, he worries that the concentration needed to work out who really was the best Doctor Who director will one day take priority over more basic needs, like remembering to breathe in and out.
"It all began in uni" Lloyd explains, "I was a white lanky scrawny kid from country New South Wales, most of the male figures were football stars, and I didn’t really connect." That was, until a friend introduced him to Doctor Who and an obsession was born.
In the past Lloyd has always performed as part of a group, and when asked about what it’s like to go solo he admits it’s a little scary. Luckily, he is working with friend and director Scott Gooding who he credits as co-devisor of Who, Me. "Being 33 and doing something you’ve never done before, it’s liberating" he says, and with a topic so close to his heart, at least he doesn’t need to worry about forgetting the facts!
Tickets are $25 or $15 on a Tuesday. We think it’ll be money well spent. And if it’s not, you can just jump in the Tardis and go for steak at the Court House Hotel instead.
Who, Me. is on at the Arts House from Fri 23 Sep to Sat 8 Oct.