Lust List 2014 Readers' Pick: Ken Spivey

Frontman/founder of the Time Lord rock group The Ken Spivey Band, 32, single.

click to enlarge “Yes, I have a glorified degree in dating!” - Todd Bates
Todd Bates
“Yes, I have a glorified degree in dating!”

What was it like for you to win this contest?
So surreal! I was the chubbiest kid in middle school, and despite a few years where I tried to be one of the “cool kids” in college, I was never considered truly “sexy.” In 2007, I decided to take my destiny into my own hand. I stopped going out and getting trashed every night. I took pride in myself and my appearance; hired my old friend, Dave Roche, a personal trainer, and became a follower of the low carb lifestyle. So, not unlike the relaunch of Doctor Who around the same time, I too relaunched my own life.


Most of your votes were from within the subculture of Dr. Who fans, right?
I suppose so. There are thousands of us. Nerds outnumber the followers of any other scene. We’re talking about the people who sat alone in the lunch room. They're the ones who got “Hope you have a great summer!” written in their yearbooks. Now, they’re doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, and accountants. These are the ones who tend to go to science fiction conventions, relate to the characters of The Big Bang Theory, and listen to my band. The underdogs have inherited the Earth, so to speak, and apparently they watch Doctor Who.

Who got you into the British show?
My father and I used to watch it together when I was just barely able to talk. It was how we bonded; music and Doctor Who. Now, he and I perform together in our Time Lord Rock group, "The Ken Spivey Band." He is a killer musician. MTV.com actually said we were one of the best Time Lord Rock bands in the world.
During his rebellious youth, dad played with such artists as Neil Diamond, and opened for acts such as The Beach Boys and Golden Earring. So, it is a real treat to perform with my musical and nerd hero.

What’s your favorite episode of Dr. Who?
“The Girl in the Fireplace” [episode 171, featuring David Tennant, the 10th doctor, from May 6, 2006]. In this episode, the Doctor falls in love with the beautiful Madame de Pompadour over the matter of a few hours of his life, while simultaneously watching her grow old and perish. He was just a few moments late in reaching his beloved, due to the cruel nature of that which you cannot control. What great irony for "The Lord of Time" to lose his love due to his inability to alter the rules of time itself. To lose your heart's desire due to one's inability to control the uncontrollable is a fruitless struggle to which most men can relate, including myself.

You mentioned that you studied men and women’s behavior for your bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication?
Yes, I have a glorified degree in dating! One of my two undergraduate degrees was Interpersonal Communication with a focus on male/female relationships. In addition, I ended up getting a degree in Ancient Roman History for fun. Through an odd series of circumstances, I ended up working on my Masters in History and teaching at USF until I realized I was truly unhappy. I then left academia and fully embraced my true passions...music and nerd culture.

How does your fascination with the male-female dynamic influence your fascination with Doctor Who?
Men want to be The Doctor. He’s strong, clever, confident, and able to solve any problem. In addition, women want to be with the Doctor. Women often identify with the Doctor's many time traveling companions, such as the lovely Rose Tyler. This could be seen as a weird anti-feminist backlash because Rose yearned for a White Knight of sorts. The Doctor's actions tend to reflect the chivalrous and masculine notions of a bygone era. Though ultimately, The Doctor loses this love and countless others; always ending up alone. I too have had glimpses of romantic hope with many a "Rose" of my own, only to find myself again wandering a timeless road alone.

You said online that you didn’t want your mom to see the Facebook comments for your Lust List nomination post. Which remarks did you want to hide from her?
There is one where the woman says something along the lines of wanting me to end up with her in her "Snog Box," another name for The Doctor's Tardis. There's no way one could read that without knowing exactly what woman was really asking for.  

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