My godfather was in Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate. He was saying today that there were a few people who came to EVERY single show minus two over the entire course of the play’s run. The same people were waiting outside the stage door each night, and David and Catherine were obliged to meet them (along with the hundred other people) after the show had been on. The faces of these people became so well known among the cast that they were often confused for half-forgotten actors they’d worked with in plays long gone, until they clarified by saying they were from “the stage door”. With stalls tickets at about £50, they probably ended up paying thousands in ticket fees over all the weeks they spent at Wyndham’s. At the end of the show’s run 20 full colour booklets of photographs chronicling the production and performance of the show along with pictures of the cast were produced by the superfans presumably at great expense and distributed then to David Tennant, Catherine Tate and everyone else in the production. My godfather ended up picking up a lot of the copies because most of the crew and cast found it pretty creepy.
This kind of thing is not sweet or cute or the thing that anyone should want to have done for/to them. The fact that David Tennant and Catherine Tate were in a popular sci-fi show, and were good at it, does not justify this level of unnecessary human contact. Doctor Who or not, they are actors and they are people - they poo and cook beans like the rest of us. Innocent online fan things are cute and appreciated by actors and writers, but these people were considered sad, pathetic and scary by Tennant, Tate and the rest of the cast and crew. This isn’t T & T being rude and ungrateful dicks, it’s them being people who don’t like other, stranger people following them around and distributing presents very much like the rest of us.
Or at least, that’s the impression I got from a first hand account of exactly what happened.
Just stop it.