Southerndown Beach, The Vale of Glamorgan – August 2014

Can you see the Atlantic behind me?Hei og velkommen tilbake!

Sorry it has been a long time since my last post but it has been Christmas and I have been pooped out! Now I am back blogging and back in the flow of blog. I hope you have had a good Christmas and enjoyed watching the Doctor Who episode Last Christmas (2014)!. I can’t believe we have to wait months now for the new Doctor Who series which will open with The Magician’s Apprentice. Anyway, back to the post…

Doomsday

You may notice I greeted you in Norwegian – this is because we are travelling back in time to August 2014 when I visited Darlig Ulv Stranden in Norway – also known as Bad Wolf Bay! Not really, it is actually Southerndown Beach on the Welsh Coast which has been the filming location of several Doctor Who episodes, most famously Doomsday (2006) where the Tenth Doctor burnt up a sun just to say goodbye to Rose.

Welcome to Southerndown Beach

I visited Southerndown Beach on a beautiful summer’s evening just before sunset. The beach is officially known as Dunraven Bay and it is near the town of Bridgend. I arrived as people were leaving and the beach was almost deserted so I could run about freely and explore the picturesque scape. The weather was mild and the sun was glimmering off the sea. I could recognise straight away that this was used for Bad Wolf Bay as it looked just like it did on the screen . I could see where Rose and her family travelled to meet the Tenth Doctor’s hologram in Norway . It was also where he said goodbye to Rose for the final time in Journey’s End (2008) – leaving her with his clone who had one life, one heart so that they could grow old together! It was awesome to be there because these scenes are so iconic.

Bad Wolf Bay

I explored all around.The tide was out which meant that I could climb all over the rocks. It was like walking on the surface of an alien planet. In one rock pool I found a mysterious object that looked like it was part of an engine – could it have been the engine of the Byzantium that crashed in The Time of Angels (2010)? This beach was used as the location for the planet Alfava Matraxis in this episode. Luckily there was so sign of any Weeping Angels left behind because I blinked a billion times whilst I was there!

Was this left behind by The Byzantium?

The coast is Jurassic and guess what that leads us to? I’ll give you a clue – it lived in the Jurassic period. That’s right, dinosaurs! You will also recognise this filming location from the episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (2012). I didn’t see any pterodactyls but the beach is a site of Special Scientific Interest and there are many fossils such as ammonites  and Devil’s Toenails to be seen. People should not disturb them though and should leave them where they are for others to enjoy.

You can see millions of years of history here

This looks like an alien planet

I  took the time to write Project Indigo and Doctor Who in the sand and watched the Atlantic crash on to the beach. My shoes got filled with sand! I had a fantastic time at Bad Wolf Bay – this is a great place for any Doctor Who fan to visit. For more info on what has been filmed here please check out  Doctor Who – The Locations Guide.

Promoting Project Indigo!

This is the last post I am writing in 2014 but there will be more to come in 2015 – I have had so many adventures this year that I haven’t told you about yet so we will still travel back in time to 2014! Thank you to all my readers for a wonderful year – this blog has meant so much to me and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Ha en Godt Nyttår ! Farvel !

This is a panoramic shot of Southerndown Beach. But who's shadow is that?

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Timeless Collectors Fair, Fareham, Hampshire – December 2014

Hello and welcome to Fareham for the Timeless Collectors Fair!

A row of Doctor Who stars behind me

This event was held to raise money for Starlight, a charity that brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children.

Welcome to Fareham Leisure Centre

There were many stars from Doctor Who, Star Wars and the James Bond films and lots of sci-fi things to see and do! First I explored the stalls and looked at the Doctor Who props and figures then I went to see the Celebrity Signers.

 

Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor was there but I didn’t get his autograph because I had met him quite recently in Totton. First I went to meet Doctor Who monster actor Jon Davey again, who I had met back in August at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. I told Jon off as he was one of the guards who let Missy get away in Death in Heaven (2014).  Jon said he couldn’t do anything about it because she killed him first. Excuses excuses! Jon is off to Australia and New Zealand very soon to perform as Doctor Who monsters for the second time in the Symphonic Spectacular.

I was trying to smile!
I was trying to smile!

Next I met Sarah Sutton who played Nyssa, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor. She was a very polite lady and I was very excited to meet her. I asked her my three golden questions. First I asked her where she would like to go in time and space if she had the chance. She said that she would like to go back to the past rather than the future and would like to go to the 1920s. She had so much fun filming the episode Black Orchid (1982) which was set in the 1920s and loved wearing the costumes. Then I asked Sarah what her favourite episode was of the new Series 8. She couldn’t choose a favourite but she said that she thought it was a wonderful idea for the Doctor to be played by Peter Capaldi after Matt Smith as he is a much older actor and that changes the show. She said that all the Doctors are good in different ways. Finally I asked her her favourite Doctor Who filming location. She said that it was great fun running around Amsterdam to film Arc of Infinity (1983)! I chose a photograph from her first story TheKeeper of Traken (1981) for her to sign as that was such an action-packed episode.

Hello Sophie Aldred - Ace!

After Sarah I went to see Sophie Aldred who played Ace aka Dorothy the companion of my favourite Classic Doctor – Number Seven, Sylvester McCoy! Sophie was very pleased when I told her that her Doctor was my favourite! I had a good chat with Sophie and talked about my recent visit to Warmwell Quarry. I asked Sophie where she would like to travel to in time and space – she said that she would love to go back to when she was filming Doctor Who and do it all again! Next I asked her what her favourite episode of Series 8 was. She told me it was Mummy on the Orient Express (2014) and also that Blink (2007) is one of her favorite ever episodes of New Who, even though the Doctor isn’t in it much. When I asked her what her favourite filming location was she said Lulworth Cove during The Curse of Fenric (1989) as it was such a beautiful location. I have been to Lulworth Cove before and hope to go back again very soon to write a review. I chose a great picture of Sophie wearing Ace’s jacket to be autographed.

Hello Louise Jameson - Leela!

Then I met Louise Jameson who played Leela,  companion to the Fourth Doctor and she was very friendly. Leela was the from the Sevateem Tribe and a great adventuress but she didn’t understand other worlds much and didn’t really keep it secret that she was an alien!

I asked Louise my three questions. She said that if she could travel in time and space she would go back in time to meet her Great Great Grandma then forwards in time to meet her Great Great Granddaughter to look for any connections. Her favourite episode of Series 8 was Deep Breath (2014) because she thought Jenna Coleman’s performance was amazing. I asked Louise her favourite Doctor Who filming location and she said that she liked filming at Elstree Studios because of the history and she enjoyed exploring Victorian London for The Talons of Weng Chiang (1977) and the beautiful old theatre in the episode. She was a bit fed-up that the Doctor went to Paris not long after she finished!

Mr Sin from The Talons of Weng Chiang

After I met Louise I went on a Dalek ride! The Dalek was called Fred. It was a little bit tough to get in and a little bit tough to get out of Fred.

Series 8 Episode 2 - Into the Dalek!

It was my first time inside a Dalek and it was quite cramped in there! It was slightly dark inside but I could see out of the neck piece but no-one could tell it was me inside. I was pushed around the hall and got to exterminate the troopers from Star Wars!

Hello Terry Molloy - Davros! Aaargh!

Next I went off to meet Terry Malloy – he knows all about being inside a Dalek (well half of him!) because he played Davros, the member of the Kaled Scientific Elite who created the Daleks ( Dalek is an anagram of Kaled!). I didn’t speak to him for long as I am going to visit him again in February at the Bournemouth Invasion but luckily he wasn’t scary like Davros!

Again my smile - I just can't smile!!
Again my smile – I just can’t smile!!

Finally I met Nicholas Briggs – voice of the Daleks since 2005! Nicholas also voices other characters for Doctor Who and Big Finish. I was a bit nervous but Nicholas told me that Jon Pertwee came to Southampton in Bessie when Nicholas was about my age and he was so shy that his Mum had to get Jon’s autograph for him!

I asked Nicholas my three questions. If he could travel anywhere in time and space he would choose to visit his Dad who sadly died 10 years ago. Like Sophie, Nicholas’ favourite episode of Series 8 was Mummy on the Orient Express. He had two answers for his favourite filming location.  He enjoyed being on location for Smith and Jones (2007) as it was warm and sunny and he got to sit out in the sunshine and he found filming on location for Victory of the Daleks (2010)  the most interesting.

I had a great day in Fareham and can’t believe I met all those people in one day! I hope there is another day like this next year and that you have enjoyed reading all about it.

See you soon for another location report.

Goodbye!

Winner announced – Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia – Updated Edition Competition.

Hello everyone – now I shall tell you who the lucky winner is of a Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia – Updated Edition!

I asked the question:

Which episode of the latest Doctor Who Series (8) do you like best?

I picked the winner at random by numbering the entries and using a Random Number Generator.

Congratulations to the winner, James Eyles!

He voted for

Mummy on the Orient Express.

Thanks to all 100 people who entered and voted for their favourite episode of Doctor Who Series 8.

The clear winner was Robot of Sherwood closely followed by Mummy on the Orient Express.

I was very surprised that no-one voted for my favourite episode – Deep Breath. That is my choice as the story is unique, I have never seen another one like it. It was also fantastic to see the Twelfth Doctor in action for the first time!

Please see here for the results of the votes:

Series 8 favourites

What do you think? Do you agree with the results?

Thank you again to everyone who entered.

I hope you enjoy your prize James!

There will a new post coming up soon – this weekend I am off to another Doctor Who event and will be back to tell you all about it.

Goodbye!