SHORT & SWEET
For 23 years, you were the expert on Dolly magazine’s advice column, Dolly Doctor. Were the questions real? That’s what
I get asked the most, and the answer is absolutely yes.
Did any question ever stand out to you?
Some did because they were just so out of left ﬁeld. They were bizarre, physical things that I thought didn’t make sense!
Many remember the section as sealed.
In the early noughties, it was unsealed. Was that a good thing?
Well, I’m old enough to know it wasn’t sealed when I started writing Dolly Doctor. It was only sealed for a few years. My view is that it never needed to be sealed. Sealing it makes it special and exciting, but it can also be “You shouldn’t be reading this.” And that’s not the case. It’s not something we should hide from.
What does it mean to you to have been the Dolly Doctor?
It was such a privilege and it’s so sad to have left that [Dolly closed in 2016]. Two weeks ago I was on a panel, and when I told the audience I’d been the Dolly Doctor, there was a loud gasp [laughs]. That was nice.
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