The Bournemouth Invasion, Dorset – February 2015

Throttled by Davros!
Throttled by Davros!

Hello? Is someone there? Ah! Readers! Thank goodness you’re here, you are just in time for another post – all about the Bournemouth Invasion!

Welcome to Bournemouth University!

Yesterday I went to the Bournemouth Invasion – the first Doctor Who convention to be held at Bournemouth University, hosted by the Bournemouth University Whovian Society. The event was set up to host an excellent Doctor Who convention full of  special guests, talks, quizzes, autographs and pictures and also to raise cash for Cash for Kids.

Me with Simon Fisher-Becker.

As soon as I arrived I went to a talk by my old pal Simon Fisher-Becker who I had met at DEFCon 3. Simon is best known for playing Dorium Maldovar alongside the Eleventh Doctor and is the ‘best blue actor in the business’! His one-man show is called ‘My Dalek Has a Puncture‘ and is all about his life and is full of advice for anyone who wants to be come an actor. Lauren Wilson who played Daughter of Mine in the two-parter Human Nature and Family of Blood (2007) was in the audience. I hope she got some good tips!

Simon spoke about his childhood in South Ruislip. He was bullied horribly when he was a child and he learnt to always look for the silver lining. I hope his bullies are ashamed of themselves.

Doctor Who started two days before Simon’s 2nd birthday and he would watch it with his grandfather – little did he know that one day he would be a Doctor Who actor himself! He lived near a Police Box and would look out for the Doctor but never saw him.

Simon has had many other jobs including the Civil Service, an Event Organiser, a deputy Town Crier and an ‘Ugly’ model. I also found out that he used to play Sir Topham Hatt from Thomas the Tank Engine!

I enjoyed ‘My Dalek Has a Puncture’ – it was funny and a bit fruity! If you get the chance you should definitely go and see it.

The Q&A after My Dalek Has a Puncture

After the talk I went to do the Ultimate Franchise Quiz No 1. I was playing on my own and I was a bit shaky ; I didn’t do very well! The picture round was my best round but two of the rounds weren’t about Doctor Who and I didn’t know the answers as they were about things like Star Trek, Marvel and Firefly. The Quotes Round was really hard too. I did enjoy it though – even if I wasn’t very good. Congratulations to one of my companions who came first with a score of 31 out of 50!

This is a tough test!

Lunch was next and I got to watch a bit of the Middlesborough v Leeds match whilst I ate a veggie burger in the Student Bar. I got back from lunch too late to see Andrew Cartmel‘s talk and I was sad about that as I was looking forward to hearing about the scripts for the Seventh Doctor who is, as you know, my favourite Classic Doctor. I did get to say hello to Andrew though, and he remembered me from the SF Ball 21.

Planet Pong. Just get in the cups!!!!!

In one of the rooms there were lots of games including a raffle, Guess How Many Jelly Babies in the Jar and ……PLANET PONG!! YEAH! Planet Pong was a devilishly difficult game that involved bouncing a ping-pong ball off a table to land in a cup. Each cup represented a planet and there were pictures of them under each cup that looked like pancakes. I had several tries and I was determined to do it – but I was defeated. By a cup.

The background will be coming shortly ...

Next I went upstairs and went to a room which was set up with a green screen and I got to pose for some photos and chose a TARDIS background. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished picture and will update this when I get it so that I can show you too!

Then it was time to meet Terry Molloy aka Davros! I had already met Terry at the Timeless Collectors Fair but this time I got to spend more time with him and chose a fantastic picture from Revelation of the Daleks (1985) for him to sign.

Thanks for the autograph Terry Molloy!

I asked Terry my 3 golden questions. First I asked him where he would go if he could go anywhere in time and space . He said that he would like to travel back to Ancient Rome to see Julius Caesar or to the time of Richard III.  His favourite episode of Series 8 was Listen (2014) and Terry said that Peter Capaldi is a really good Doctor – just as Terry expected. I asked him about his favourite filming location but he said all his scenes as Davros were filmed in a studio. His favourite filming location ever was when he filmed Carrott Del Sol in Spain for six weeks with Jasper Carrott and Bernard Latham.

I, Davros

After I met Terry I went to the park for a quick play then came back for ‘I, Davros’ a Q&A session with Terry all about Davros and his career.

Terry was asked about any memories of playing Davros – he said he remembered pain, claustrophobia, sweat, no peripheral vision and dragging a shopping trolley around with his toes! Davros was a physically challenging role that was hard work but great fun.

The 5 people Terry would like to go out on the town with are Leonard Rossiter, Aneurin Bevan, Michael Palin, Charles Darwin and Jacqueline Du Pre. He also mentioned someone he would like to roast for dinner – but I’m not telling you who!

He likes Doctor Who because it is quintessentially ( I had to look that up!) British and that he would love to throw the Sonic Screwdriver into a black hole because the Doctor only needs to use his brain power.

Terry said there would be a test on nuclear fission at the end – I’m glad he was only joking. I thought his Q&A was inspiring and I really liked Terry – he is not at all scary like Davros!

Next I went to do my second quiz of the day – this time it was a Team Quiz so I felt a bit more confident with my two companions at my side. I enjoyed all the questions, it was more fun conferring with my team mates. The Quotes Round baffled us for a second time but we still breezed through and were joint winners in a 3-way tie with a score of 35 out of 50!

Here is the Closing Ceremony.

Finally came the Closing Ceremony of this Whovian Convention and we all gathered together to thank everyone involved in this amazing event. Terry and Simon said they were pleased to be part of a first time convention. I hope this will be the first of many to come as I thought the day was phenomenal and everybody worked so hard to make this such an enjoyable day.

Thank you BU Whovian Society!

Thanks for reading, and see you soon for another location report. Until we meet again, goodbye!

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SF Ball 21, Southampton – February 2015

The Three Doctors - and me!

Hello , and welcome to Sci Fi Ball 21 ! This weekend long convention is run by SFB Events and is in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust . The event was full of Star Guests , entertainment, quizzes and talks for the guests. Sylvester McCoy was one of the Star Guests – that is one of the reasons I went because as you all know he is my FAVOURITE Classic Doctor Who!  Today I popped along for just a few hours with a Day Ticket so I didn’t get to join in with everything but I made the most of my time. I have just came back from there , so I want to tell you all about my day !

When I first arrived at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton I played with what looked like the controls to the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek . Imagine if it was under the floor – the hotel might take off! Then I went upstairs to where the REAL action was . I visited the rooms to look at all the memorabilia  and accessories that were for sale or on display . They  were all to do with Sci Fi , comics and Steampunk .

Two Toms!

In one of the rooms I met Tom from the Bournemouth University Whovian Society . He  was there to promote the Bournemouth Invasion , which is a convention taking place on the 21st of February. We talked about Doctor Who , the irony of our names being the same and then we told stories about how we met some of the Doctors . Tom has met Colin Baker , Matt Smith , Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy just last night ! I hope I catch up soon !

'Allo Andrew Cartmel

Next I went to one of the rooms which had Andrew Cartmel in it . I actually had gone in that room first , but I had hiccups , so I waited for them to cure . When I finally got to approach him I was very excited because when I get older I want to be a writer like him . I asked him my 3  golden questions . First I asked him where he would go if he could go anywhere in time and space . He said that he would like to travel back to 1950s New York and go to a Jazz Bar on 52nd street to see the Miles Davies Quintet perform when John Coltrane was in the band! His favourite episode of Series 8 was Last Christmas (2014) and his favourite filming location was Cloford Quarry  for Time and The Rani  (1987) as it was such good fun .

I bought a copy of his book Script Doctor which is the inside story of Doctor Who from 1986-1989 . My favourite era of Classic Who ! He also signed a set of postcards with some amazing pictures from that time .

Andrew Cartmel's autographs

Next I went to see the Corridor of Monsters and discovered some Cosplayers and a Dalek along the way. The Dalek looked like it was controlled by a Wii Remote and Nunchuk. He told a Cosplayer dressed as the Tenth Doctor that he smelt and could do with some mouthwash. Cheeky little Dalek!

Down the Corridor of Monsters were lots of fantastico mannequins, many of which I saw at the Timeless Collectors Fair but there were ones I hadn’t seen as well. These are all owned by ‘The Master’ himself! Maybe he uses the models of the Doctor for target practice?

I met Mr Sin again!

Afterwards we went outside for a rest and one of my companions was delighted when she saw James Cosmo from Game of Thrones , so she got a picture – so I put it on here !

James Cosmo - Jeor Mormont from Game of Thrones with one of my companions.

Later I returned to see Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred and finally meet MY Classic Doctor. The queue was quite large but I was happy to wait for them.

The beginning of the queue to see Sylvester and Sophie.

BUT there was a delay and Sylvester and Sophie appeared quite late. I had to be somewhere and I waited as long as I could but sadly it was too long a wait and I didn’t get to meet Sylvester after all :(.

He did walk past me though and I did get a (very blurry) picture so I am happy about that! I still get to look forward to meeting him one day so I’m not too disappointed.

Sorry it is so blurry, it is all I have :(
Sorry it is so blurry, it is all I have 😦

I hope you enjoyed reading about my very short visit to the Sci Fi Ball. Everyone looked like they were having a great time so maybe next year I will go back for the whole thing!

Thank you for reading and I hope you come back soon for another adventure!

Bye.