My first viewing of a Doctor Who story with Tom was the single most defining moment in the short time I'd followed the show.
I had a few hazy memories as a child of a tall man in a red coat but was too young to really remember much about the show as it was usually on because my older siblings watched it....the only sci-fi that mattered to me when I was very young was Star Wars.
Fast forward 20 odd years and the show returned to TV screens after a 16 year absence.
By this time the prequels had diminished my intrest in Star Wars so I thought I'd give Doctor Who a go.
I enjoyed enough of the first 2 series to become intrested in giving the original a run a try and a few weeks after the episode "Doomsday" first aired in the UK I bought my first Classic story on DVD.
By the end of the very first part of "Genesis of the Daleks" my opinion of what era of Doctor Who was the best had changed forever and my wonderful journey into the show's past had begun.
Almost 6 years on I continue to rewatch stories from Tom's era more than any other and have a Classic DVD collection which currently stands at 84 and has stories from every Doctor.
By comparison I have given up on the modern show.
Thank you Tom for the hours of entertainment you have given me over the past few years
Some Doctor Who is disposable, but your era is as timeless as the character you brought to life in a way nobody else has managed.
"I'm not a human being........I'm a Time Lord. I walk in eternity"