AN expert in three fields of geek subculture thinks of himself as a ‘triple threat’ to both fellow dorks and the hearts of women.
Although the expression normally refers to footballers or actors highly skilled in several areas of their profession, Tom Booker feels it also applies to his encyclopaedic knowledge of sci-fi.
Booker said: “A triple threat isn’t just a top footballer who can score, run and head the ball. It’s also someone who listens to Eighth Doctor audio dramas, paints tiny space marines and is familiar with every adventure of Mega-City One’s lawman.
“Being this well-versed earns you respect. The other week I broke up a fight on the DakkaDakka forum by mentioning how Fugitive of the Judoon breaks established Doctor Who continuity. Clearly intimidated, both sides backed down.
“And between you and me, the ladies go nuts for a Whovian who can recite The Cursed Earth saga from memory.”
Booker’s girlfriend, model Nikki Hollis, said: “It’s true. I didn’t look at Tom twice when I saw him reading the Judge Dredd Megazine, but when I clocked the Paradigm Dalek T-shirt and a box of Tyranid figures in his bag, I was putty in his hands.”