Christel has been a Doctor Who fan since she was terrified by Christopher Eccleston's encounter with gas mask children over a decade ago. She began attending conventions, cosplaying as her favourite characters, and started making YouTube videos of her experiences. She is currently part of the online comedy troupe FiveWhoFans and fronts Doctor Who: The Fan Show, a weekly production from BBC Worldwide Digital Studios, celebrating the creativity of fans around the globe. According to Peter Capaldi, she has the best hair on TV.
Her current fantastic gig at the BBC stems from a lifelong passion for video making. Christel has been making YouTube videos since she was 15 years old starting with video diaries at pop culture conventions up and down the UK. In 2011 she set up a new YouTube channel and began interviewing fans and cosplayers about their costumes and their love for all things cult.
In 2013-2013 she produced and presented her own radio show on Smoke Radio called That’s Entertainment where she won 2x Smoke Radio Awards for Best Female Presenter and Best Specialist Show. She also presented for the University of Westminster’s TV channel, Smoke News.
Christel’s background is in television production. After graduating from a Film & Television Production degree in 2013, she worked as a runner at various production companies before going on to work as a Channel Assistant for a year on Channel 4’s independently ran YouTube channel, #MASHED. She also worked as technical staff at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With these diverse skills and passion for Doctor Who it’s no wonder that BBC Worldwide invited her to audition to be their presenter of the new weekly online show, Doctor Who: The Fan Show - and got the job! She is also the show's Assistant Producer and helps produce each episode of the Fan Show from writing scripts to editing episodes to managing the show's Twitter account.
Christel has practiced Shotokan Karate for 10 years and currently holds a 2nd Dan black belt. She is often described as “willfully retro”. She loves 80s synth pop and 90s dance music – (Pet Shop Boys are her heroes), collects vinyl and VHS tapes. She also loves kid’s TV, television idents and wrote her dissertation on the CBBC Broom Cupboard.
For those of you wondering where I am, I've been taking a break from social media for a little while. Normal service will resume soon. 🌈