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Film & Comic Con Bournemouth, Dorset – September 2016

Tom Project Indigo outside Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Welcome to Film and Comic Con Bournemouth at the BIC!

Hello and welcome to another Film & Comic Con in Bournemouth!

This is the third convention organised by Showmasters in my home town and it always gets a big turnout. The people of Bournemouth love a chance to meet actors from their favourite TV shows and films and buy awesome merchandise! Showmasters were very generous and gave me a Press Pass so I could report on this event for my Project Indigo readers.  

Film & Comic Con Bournemouth took place at the BIC once more on the 3rd and 4th September 2016. I went on both days because there were different Doctor Who actors there on each day and I wanted to meet all of them!

When I arrived on Saturday I explored the stalls straightaway as I have been caught up in the Pokemon Go craze and I was really keen to find a Pokeball. There were so many stalls that there was bound to be one on one of them. Many stallholders had made their items and liked the chance to show their skills.

Small World Pictures at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Bob shows his Doctor Who Small World Picture

One stall that caught my eye was called Small World Pictures. I met the artist Bob Ford who draws a lot of amazing Sci Fi drawings. He uses pen and ink to draw very detailed pictures with little characters. Each picture takes him 35 hours to make which must be tiring. His Doctor Who picture was spectacular and contains all the Doctors and all the companions up to today. Make sure to take a look at his website to see what he can do!

I also saw Doctor Squee from Gallifrey Stands Podcast on another stall. He and Claire were holding a stall called Dottie’s Charms selling sci-fi style jewellery and Doctor Who lip balms and candles. The candles are all inspired by Doctor Who characters such as the Fourth Doctor Jellybean, the TARDIS Blueberry Muffin and the Dalek Dark Chocolate. You should definitely check out Dotties’s Charms if you like Sci-Fi themed goodies!

Tom Project Indigo meets Doctor Who and Blakes Seven actress Jacqueline Pearce at Film and Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello Jacqueline Pearce aka Chessene from The Two Doctors!

After shopping it was time to meet the stars. The first person I met was Jacqueline Pearce. She played Chessene in The Two Doctors (1985) and has done multiple roles in Big Finish episodes. She is most famous for playing Servilan in Blake’s Seven. Jacqueline was nothing like her Doctor Who character as Chessene was a bad guy and Jacqueline was very kind. I asked Jacqueline my questions and she told me all about Seville where she filmed The Two Doctors. If Jacqueline could go anywhere in time and space she would like to go to Edwardian times because she loves the frocks!

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After Jacqueline I went next door and met Christopher Fairbank who played Fenton in Flatline (2014). Christopher has been in everything in the world (slight exaggeration!). He has been in Dickensian, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jack the Giant Slayer, Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides and many more that I won’t put because it is making my head hurt to think about it!

I asked Christopher about filming Flatline and he told me all about where he filmed around Cardiff in subways, a blocked off viaduct and a shopping centre and Barry Island. When filming part of the tunnel scene in a disused railway (in Winchcombe) he said that they had to be careful to stay off the railways lines in case a phantom train came. He also said it was very smelly there which added to the atmosphere.

If Christopher could go anywhere in time and space he would not like to go the future but he would like to go to the 19th Century as he is big fan of Charles Dickens. Christopher was a very jolly man and I was very happy to meet him.

After speaking to Christopher I went back home and came back the next day. On Sunday I started off in the Cosplay Zone and watched an epic lip-synch battle. Many people cosplay at conventions and it is a great chance to show what they like. I saw lots of great cosplays including many different Doctors and companions. Check them out here:-

My first meet of the day was Peter Purves aka the First Doctor’s companion Steven Taylor. Peter is also well known as a Blue Peter presenter so I showed him my badge and told him about Project Indigo being featured on a Blue Peter Doctor Who special.

Tom Project Indigo meets Peter Purves from Doctor Who and Blue Peter at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello Peter Purves aka Steven Taylor!

Peter said he filmed Doctor Who in not very exotic locations like Egham Borough Council sandpit. He did get to Frensham Ponds to film the The Myth Makers (1965). He said he got to go to much better places for Blue Peter.

If Peter could go anywhere in time and space he wouldn’t go too far back as there are many things that make it difficult to survive. He doesn’t have much hope for the future so he would be happy just to get to see tomorrow! It was an honour to meet Peter.

Tom Project Indigo meets Doctor Who actor Richard Franklin at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello Richard Franklin aka Captain Mike Yates!

Next to Peter was Richard Franklin aka Captain Mike Yates, member of UNIT who helped the Third Doctor. Richard was very friendly and told me about his filming locations. He said he had 1 good location and 8 awful ones. The best was 2 weeks in Aldbourne, Wiltshire where he filmed The Daemons (1971). The first week of filming they enjoyed proper sunshine and the next week they had a snowstorm! He told me I should go there and see the Village Green and all the other places they filmed. Richard’s worst location was Dungeness Beach in January as it was very cold indeed.

If he could go anywhere in time and space Richard would like to go to the first planet with human beings. A place on earth he would like to go is New Zealand.

Tom Project Indigo meets Davros from Doctor Who, David Gooderson, at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello David Gooderson aka Davros!

Following Richard I went to see David Gooderson who played Davros in Destiny of the Daleks (1979) and he said the others got to go to a quarry in Swanage but as Davros he was stuck in the studio. If David could go anywhere in time and space he would go to Mars as he has been very intrigued by all the news reports about the exploration of Mars. I had a great chat with David all about school as I was starting big school the next day and he was a very cheery man – most unexpected for the creator of the daleks!

Tom Project Indigo meets Tom Hopper at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello Tom Hopper aka Jeff Angelo!

After David I met Tom Hopper who played Jeff Angelo in The Eleventh Hour (2010), who helps save the world by letting the Eleventh Doctor use his laptop to spread a virus. As well as Doctor Who, Tom starred as Sir Percival in Merlin and Billy Bones in Black Sails.

If Tom could go anywhere in time and space he would like to go back to the 1980’s when he was born, and also go forward to the future – in fact be just like Marty McFly in Back to the Future! He would even like to go the Wild West just like Back to the Future 3. What a creative answer. Tom was really sweet and I enjoyed talking to him a lot.

Tom Project Indigo meets Deborah Watling from Doctor Who at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello Deborah Watling aka Victoria Waterfield!

My last chat of the day was with Deborah Watling who played Victoria, companion to the Second Doctor. I told her I had just visited Botany Bay where she filmed Fury from the Deep (1968) and she said ‘I had forgotten all about that. Thank you for reminding me!’.

I asked Deborah if she had been to any good filming locations for Doctor Who and she said that I had to be joking. All her locations were gravel pits and tanks of foam – nothing glamorous. If Deborah could go anywhere in time and space she would like to go to the Moon. I wonder if she knows that the moon is an egg?

The Doctor Who Panel on Day 2 of Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
The Doctor Who Panel on Day 2

My last event of the day was the Doctor Who panel, where Deborah, Peter, David and Richard answered questions from the audience.

They were asked what their favourite episodes were and said:-

Deborah – Fury from the Deep as she loved the monster.

Peter – The Massacre of St Bartholemew’s Eve (1966)  which only exists in audio. Steven was heroic in the story and Peter prefers the historical stories to the monster stories.

David – Destiny of the Daleks as he thoroughly enjoyed playing the man in the chair.

Richard – Planet of the Spiders (1974) as he got to choose street clothes for Mike to wear.

They were all asked if they would like to appear in Doctor Who on TV again. Richard said he would love to but no-one has asked. Peter and David would both like to play the Doctor and Deborah would like to be the first female Doctor!

Deborah spoke about her Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and said thank you to all the fans of Doctor Who who help keep his memory alive.

It was really interesting to listen to other people’s questions and hear all about filming classic Doctor Who.

I had a really exciting weekend at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth. Thank you to Showmasters for bringing these conventions to Bournemouth and giving us all a chance to meet our heroes! Thank you to everyone who took the time to talk to me.  

Thank you for reading and I hope you stay tuned for my next post which will be coming up soon. This week I started secondary school so I will be having lots of homework. I will post as often as I can but will have to do my homework first!

Goodbye! 

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Day 1, Film & Comic Con Bournemouth, Dorset – March 2016

Noel Clarke at Film & Comic Com Bournemouth
Meeting Noel Clarke aka Mickey Smith!

Hello and welcome to Showmasters’ second Film & Comic Con Bournemouth! This event was held on March 12th and 13th 2016 at Bournemouth International Centre. I was lucky enough to be given a Press Pass so I could pop along and meet the Doctor Who actors and report back to my Project Indigo readers.

I went along on the Saturday and the weather was very awkward – it was so misty that day that you couldn’t even see the BIC! Luckily I found the BIC eventually – the huge queue was a clue. After I arrived I got my bearings and explored. The layout was different to the last Film & Comic Con Bournemouth and spread over more halls so there was more space for everybody to enjoy themselves.

Noel Clarke giving a talk at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Noel Clarke giving a talk

First I went to see a talk by Noel Clarke aka Mickey Smith, companion of the Ninth and Tenth Doctor. Noel was asked what his favourite episodes are and he said Dalek (2005) as it is the first time we see a vulnerable Dalek. From his episodes it is the ones that show the journey of Mickey’s character – Rose (2005), Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel (2006) and The End of Time (2009-10).

Noel says that he has written a ‘treatment’ of the story of Martha and Mickey just for fun. I would love to see that. Would you like a Martha and Mickey spin-off? Please leave a comment and let me know. Noel said that he would like there to be a Doctor Who Universe of stories just like the Marvel Universe.

Anneke Wills at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Meeting Anneke Wills aka Polly!

After Noel’s talk I went to meet Anneke Wills who played Polly, the First and Second Doctor’s companion. Anneke was very cheerful so I felt confident to ask her my questions.  I asked Anneke where she would like to go in time and space and she said she would love to go to The Globe Theatre in Shakespearean times. She told me that once Sylvester McCoy said exactly the same thing. I would like to see Anneke and Sylvester performing together on the stage at the present Globe Theatre.

Next I asked Anneke where her favourite Doctor Who filming location was. She told me that they were usually filming in the studio but did get out to some lovely locations including Frensham Ponds, Winspit Quarry and underneath the Post Office Tower. I went to Winspit Quarry many months ago at the blast-off of Project Indigo and would like to visit the other locations too. Sadly many of Anneke’s episodes are amongst the missing Doctor Who episodes, and I really hope they are found one day.

After lunch I explored more and played in the Gaming Zone. I also went to the Cosplay Zone and watched a very bizarre version of Blind Date! There were Cosplayers everywhere, apart from Doctor Who I saw many other Sci-Fi characters and this time there were lots of girls dressed as Rey from Star Wars. I also met my #T-shirtTwin Isaac!

Next I met Jemma Redgrave – otherwise known as Kate Lethbridge Stewart, daughter of the Brigadier and UNIT’s Head of Scientific Research. Kate was once blown out of an aeroplane but luckily she was caught by her Dad who was a Cyberman at the time! Jemma was very friendly and kind. She said her favourite Doctor Who filming location is The Tower of London, which is where UNIT’s Secret Headquarters are. She also liked filming in the Black Archive (which is really in the BBC Studio in Cardiff).

Jemma Redgrave at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Meeting Jemma Redgrave aka Kate Lethbridge Stewart!

I asked Jemma where she would like to go in time and space and she said she would like to travel near a black hole – because time goes more slowly there and when she came back she would be younger than me! I hope she doesn’t go too close, I don’t want her to get sucked in.

A few stalls down from Jemma was Noel Clarke who was a cheeky chappie and a lot of fun. Mickey is one of my favourite companions and it was a privilege to meet Noel. I told Noel about Project Indigo and he said I should go to Arizona (where Day of The Moon (2011) was filmed).  I will definitely go there one day …. Noel said that his favourite Doctor Who filming location was London.

I asked him where he would go in time and space and he said he would like to go to the future to check that all the people, animals and the world are ok. That’s a good answer Noel!

A pencil drawing of Matt Smith by artist Chris Baker
Photo or drawing? A pencil drawing of Matt Smith by Chris Baker

After all that I was very tired and decided to go home. As I was leaving I took a last look at the stalls and I bought a life-like Matt Smith print. It is a pencil drawing of the Eleventh Doctor by Chris Baker who is a very talented young artist. His drawings are so authentic that the people look like they could pop right out of the picture! I had a chat with Chris’ family and they told me all about watching the Doctor Who filming that has happened near their home in Cardiff. Chris and his Mum have even made cameo appearances in Sherlock. Please visit Chris’ website www.cjbart.com to see what he can do!

I had a lot of fun at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth- sadly I couldn’t go on Day 2 to meet up again with Simon Fisher – Becker and Iain McNiece as I have met them both before and they are both nice blokes. Thank you Showmasters for bringing these events to Bournemouth – I’m looking forward to the next one in September!

Thank you for reading  and I hope you’ll come back again next time when I tell you all about a special  trip I have just had in a TARDIS …..

Good bye!

Day 1, Film & Comic Con Bournemouth, Dorset – August 2015

Tom with Sylvester McCoy
Hello Sylvester McCoy aka MY Doctor, the Seventh Doctor!

Hello and welcome to another post.

Today I am writing what will be a very long post about Film & Comic Con Bournemouth because it is JAM PACKED with Doctor Who actors. This was the very first Film & Comic Con in my home town of Bournemouth and the organisers Showmasters were very kind and gave me a Press Pass so that I could interview all the Doctor Who stars for my Project Indigo readers!

I was very excited and knew that I would ask everybody my three Golden Questions:

  1. What is your favourite Doctor Who episode?

  2. What is your favourite Doctor Who filming location? and

  3. If you could go anywhere in time and space where would you like to go?

As soon as I arrived I went to meet the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, because he is my favourite Classic Doctor and I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time! Sylvester was just as I imagined and he was incredibly cheerful and was pleased to answer my questions.

I asked Sylvester my questions. He said that his favourite episode ever is the first one he saw, a Patrick Troughton episode but his favourite Seventh Doctor episode is possibly The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988) – my favourite Classic episode. What a co-incidence!

Sylvester’s favourite filming locations are both right here in Dorset! He enjoyed filming The Curse of Fenric (1989) at Lulworth Cove and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy and Survival (1989) in a sandpit in Dorset (Warmwell Quarry which I visited in October 2014). Later, in a talk that Sylvester gave with Bonnie Langford and Sophie Aldred , he said that he liked filming Survival in the sandpit because there was a heatwave and one of the ladies overheated in her cat costume and stripped off and ran away!

Bonnie Langford, Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
The Doctor Who talk at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth

If Sylvester could go anywhere in time and space he would like to visit America before the Westerners arrived to see what is was like. He said that as the Doctor he would not want to change anything he would just like to observe.

I felt so happy to meet Sylvester and relieved that I had finally met him as I tried once before but had to leave before I got the chance. He is the Fourth Doctor I have met and I feel like Project Indigo has been given a real boost by meeting him!

Next I met Terry Molloy (Davros), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) and Sophie Aldred (Ace). I have already asked them my golden questions before when I met them at the Timeless Collector’s Fair and The Bournemouth Invasion so I just had a little chat with each of them and welcomed them to Bournemouth. It was Sarah’s first visit to Bournemouth but Terry used to live in Bournemouth when he was a teenager. I spoke to Sophie about her new audio drama Strangeness in Space which is for anyone aged 8-80 to enjoy! It sounds really fun and I am definitely going to listen to it soon.

Tom and Bonnie Langford
Hello Bonnie Langford aka Mel!

After Sophie I met Bonnie Langford aka Mel Bush, companion to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Like everyone else she was very kind and answered my questions. Bonnie can never remember any titles of episodes but her favourites are the ones with Daleks in them.

Her favourite Doctor Who filming location is anywhere indoors! She said it would always rain on location – except for when they filmed Delta and the Bannermen (1987) on Barry Island. It was really sunny then but everyone got sunburnt!

If Bonnie could go anywhere in time and space she would like to visit Hollywood in its heyday and dance with Gene Kelly.

Tom and Matthew Waterhouse
Hello Matthew Waterhouse aka Adric!

Then I went to talk to Matthew Waterhouse who played one of my favourite ever companions Adric , the companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor, from Alzarius. I really hope the Doctor will have another alien companion one day as it was always really good when the companions were from another planet. Please make that happen Stephen, if you’re reading!

Although it is many years since he played Adric Matthew still looks like him. Matthew’s favourite episode that he was in was Keeper of Traken (1981), but other than that it was Spearhead from Space (1970) which was an episode he watched when he was 7 and he was very scared by it! His favourite filming location was Tunbridge Wells as the crew stayed in a hotel for a week and had lots of fun.

Matthew liked the idea of pressing a button in the TARDIS and landing anywhere but if had to choose he would love to go to Elizabethan England and see Shakespeare’s plays performed by his original players. That is just like the Tenth Doctor and Martha in The Shakespeare Code!

I was very pleased to meet Matthew, it is always good to meet someone nice but even better when you admire them. My companion bought a copy of Matthew’s autobiography ‘Blue Box Boy’ so we could learn all about his time in the TARDIS!

Tom and Dan Starkey
Hello Dan Starkey – aka Strax!

Next to Matthew was Dan Starkey who plays the Sontaran Strax who is part of the Paternoster Gang. It felt very strange looking at him as his normal self and looking at him as Strax but I recognised him as I have seen him in Wizards vs Aliens and on University Challenge. Luckily he doesn’t have the attitude of Strax because Strax is VERY weird!

Dan’s favourite episode is The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977), but out of the episodes he is in it is The Snowmen (2012). His favourite filming location was filming The Snowmen at Treberfydd House as he was able to stay at his Mum and Dad’s!

If Dan could go anywhere in time and space he would like to see Stonehenge being built. I wonder if the Pandorica is still there?

Tom and John Leeson
Hello John Leeson – the voice of K-9!

When I met John Leeson who is the voice of K-9 he was a very polite gentleman. He told me, in the voice of K-9, that his favourite episode is The Sun Makers (1977) by Robert Holmes.

John’s favourite filming locations were anywhere not far from home as he doesn’t like driving for miles. If he could go anywhere he would love to go to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and have a very nice lunch. He says he has never been there before but would love to go there one day, I hope that his dream comes true.

Tom and K-9
The original K-9!

John was sat with Mat Irvine who was the Visual Effects Supervisor and he had brought along K-9 himself! It was great to meet K-9 and his voice – a double whammy.

Tom and William Russell

Next I went to meet William Russell who played Ian Chesterton one of the first companions who accompanied the First Doctor, William Hartnell, and he was first seen in the very first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child (1963). There was a long queue to meet William.

William said that his favourite episode is The Aztecs (1964) and he told me all about filming a fight scene for the episode. He didn’t have a favourite Doctor Who filming location as in those days it was mostly filmed in a studio.

William said that if he could go anywhere in time and space he would choose to be right here as he was happy at that moment. Isn’t that lovely? It was a special honour to meet William and I feel so happy to have met him.

Tom and Camille Coduri

After William I met Camille Coduri who played Jackie Tyler – Rose’s mother. Camille was in the very first episode of New Who Rose (2005) and appeared many times until The End of Time (2010). Camille loves lots of episodes – including Blink (2007), Doomsday (2006) and The Christmas Invasion (2005). There were too many favourites to choose from.

Her favourite filming location is the estate where the Tyler’s lived because she said it was always a lot of fun filming there. If Camille could go anywhere in time and space she would like to go the Sixties as they seemed good fun – just like Camille who was a lot of fun herself!

Tom and Rusty Goffe
Hello Rusty Goffe aka Little John!

From Camille I went to see Rusty Goffe – the United Kingdom’s No1 Dwarf! Rusty appeared as Little John in Robot of Sherwood (2014) and that is his favourite episode. He liked filming on location at Forest Fawr and Caerphilly Castle and said that the Merry Men were having so much fun in the forest that they didn’t want to leave!

If Rusty could go anywhere he would go to Samui in Thailand – and he said he would go there right now in a TARDIS if he could as he has been before and loves it there! Rusty was a very nice chap, I hope he gets to go again soon.

Tom and Doctor Squee from Gallifrey Stands Podcast
Hello Doctor Squee!

My final interview of the day was with Katy Manning who played Jo Grant, the Third Doctor’s companion. I met up with Doctor Squee from the Gallifrey Stands Podcast who was waiting to interview Katy too and he let me go first. Thank you Doctor Squee!

Tom and Katy Manning
Hello Katy Manning aka Jo Grant!

Katy had been flooded by fans all day and I was lucky to get some time with her. Katy’s favourite episodes were Terror of the Autons (1971) because that is where she met her Doctor Who family and also The Green Death (1973) – she told me how Jo and Cliff went into the Amazon looking for a magical fungus and that story predicted Quorn! Thank you Jo for discovering Quorn as I am a vegetarian and I eat A LOT of Quorn.

I asked Katy what her favourite location was and she didn’t have one because she was always filming in a cold claypit! Even when she filmed The Sarah Jane Adventures it was freezing. If she could go anywhere in time and space she would go ‘EVERYWHERE because she is greedy and loves adventure!’ Katy was very cheeky and it was great to meet her.

Day One at the Film & Comic Con Bournemouth was very tiring but it was an honour to meet so many stars. Thank you to everyone for a fantastic day and especially to Showmasters for making this happen. Soon I will be able to tell you all about Day 2, I hope you will come back soon.

Goodbye!

Hampshire-Con, Eastleigh – July 2015

Peter Davison - the Fifth Doctor

Hello and welcome to H- Con – Hampshire TV, Film and Comic-Con which was held at Fleming Park Leisure Centre in Eastleigh on the 25th and  26th  July 2015.

Sorry about the delay in reporting but I have been on holiday in Wales and have only just come back! When I heard about H-Con I was very excited as this was my chance to meet the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison- I delayed my holiday and made a slight detour to Eastleigh to take my chance!H-Con is presented by Sci-Fi South Collectors, working in Partnership with Timeless Collectors and supporting Starlight Make-A-Wish Foundation.

I turned up in my Fifth Doctor Cosplay because I hoped the Fifth Doctor would be happy to see me in his costume – I customised my Third Doctor Sonic Screwdriver with some tinfoil and it looked just like the Fifth Doctor’s which he only used for four episodes before it was destroyed by a Terileptil!

As soon as I arrived I joined the queue to meet Peter Davison – I didn’t have much time so I didn’t want to lose out. When I met Peter Davison we shook hands and he said I looked good which made me feel chuffed. I was a bit nervous about meeting him but he was very friendly and made me feel more confident.

I asked him my golden questions – first, what is his favourite Doctor Who filming location? He thought that was a good question and told me it was Black Park outside London where he filmed The Visitation  (1982). The filming was in a flight path so the crew only had 8 minute windows to work and it was a nice relaxing time! He also enjoyed filming The Caves of Androzani (1984) in a Dorset quarry – there were two other film crews there at same time, one filming Beau Geste, and it was lots of fun. I have been to the quarry and I will definitely add Black Park to my list of locations to visit!

I asked Peter which is his favourite ever Doctor Who episode and he said he had to pick one of his own – The Caves of Androzani. That is one of my favourites too but if I had to choose my favourite Fifth Doctor episode it would be The Awakening (1984).

Finally I asked him where he would go in time and space if he could – he told me he would definitely choose to go back in history and he would like to witness the American Revolution.

I chose a photograph from  The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot for Peter to sign. I loved watching The Five (ish) Doctors and the Doctors all look so grumpy in the picture that it made me laugh. It was brilliant meeting Peter – he is the Third Doctor I have met after Peter Capaldi and Colin Baker!

The Five-ish Doctors Reboot

After I met Peter I explored the stalls in Hall One- there were lots of other Sci Fi stars including Sarah Sutton who played the Fourth and Fifth Doctor’s companion Nyssa. I have already met Sarah before at the Timeless Collectors Fair and she was very kind.

Next I went into Hall 2 and the first thing I saw was lizards, snakes and other reptiles – people had brought their pets along to amaze people and raise money for charity.There was lots to look at in Hall 2 including Daleks, TARDISes and the Master’s collection of Doctor Who monsters.

I had a go at the Tin Can Alley for the first time and I won a Doctor Who stationery set. This stall was raising money for Starlight. I also got to meet ET and phone home- he is sooo cute.

After I left ET I went to the Nerd Herd area and played some vintage video games – SuperMario World on a SNES and MarioKart 64 on an N64. I liked the retro games – they may not look like modern games but they entertain in the same way!

There were also cars from the movies including Transformers and Back to the Future. I had fun browsing and meeting my fellow Doctors – some for the first time and some I have met before. I had hoped to meet Doctor Squee from the Gallifrey Stands Podcast but I had to leave before he arrived. You can listen to what he got up to here. There are lots of features including an interview with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton.

I wish I had more time to spend at H-Con but my holiday had to kick off and I needed to get back to my TARDIS! I will remember the day I met the Fifth Doctor forever.

In other news one of my companions recently met David Morrissey aka The Next Doctor Jackson Lake! I wish I had been there but it was an unexpected surprise. She asked David my golden question – if he could go anywhere in time and space where would he like to go? David said Victorian London just like in his Doctor Who story, but only if they had modern day dentistry! Thank you to David for answering my question and posing for a photo for me! I hope I get to meet him one day.

David Morrisey

Thank you for reading and I hope you will join me soon and read about the amazing locations I have just visited in Wales – New and Classic!

Goodbye!

Pendragon Charity Fun Day, Southampton – July 2015

The Fourth Doctor, me and K-9

Hola amigos!

Welcome to Waterstones at West Quay for the Pendragon Sci-Fi and Fantasy Club Charity Funday! This event was organised by the club to raise money for the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton which helps many sick and premature babies, so I wanted to show my support. This was held on Saturday – I wish I could have gone all day but I was a busy little Timelord that day and could only pop along towards the end.

When I arrived I was greeted by Brian – he was rocking a Fourth Doctor Cosplay and had his companion K9 with him. I met Brian at the Comic-Con 2 in Totton and it was nice to catch-up and Brian told me about the other Cosplays he is planning.

Taking K-9 for a walk

I went downstairs to where the action was and met my new friend Matthew Dale aka (big) Little John from Robot of Sherwood (2014). It was quite late so the other celebrity signers had left, but Matthew was the last man standing. I was looking forward to meeting Sergeant Benton, John Levene, but he left just before I arrived. I was sad that I missed the opportunity to meet him. The other celebrities were Richard James from Space Precinct and Brian Wheeler from Return of the Jedi. I believe Matthew was having a great time as he was very chuckly. I hope that the Doctor will go back to Sherwood someday to meet Robin and his Merry Men, it would be nice to see Matthew in another Doctor Who episode!

Nice tie, Matthew!

Next I tried my luck at some games. First was the Tombola, and I won a smashing travel game of Battleships which I can keep in my TARDIS. Then I played Pick-a lolly and won a mystery prize. I later found out that the mystery super surprise prize was a reporter’s pen and notebook which will help me when I am interviewing Doctor Who stars! The last game I played was a treasure hunt and I won a Batman Comic. I was very lucky because I won a prize at every game I played.

I spent the rest of my time talking with the Pendragon Club and other visitors and learning all about the club. Someone gave me a Classic Doctor Who quiz and I got all the answers right – even when he tried to catch me out! Everyone was very kind and it was lovely to spend time with them and make friends. There were lots of great Cosplays to admire too.

The Fourth Doctor and Romana

The Pendragon Sci Fi and Fantasy Club raised £205.24 for the Princess Ann Hospital – well done Pendragons!

As I was leaving West Quay I stumbled across an exhibition of paintings by Adam Barsby and I saw a fantastic picture of the Doctor and the Doc! This picture showed the Fourth Doctor and Doc Brown from Back to the Future swapping Time Machines – can you imagine the Doctor in a Delorean???

Swapping Time Machines by Adam Barsby

Thanks for reading and Adios! 

Southampton Comic Con 2, Totton, Hampshire – March 2015

Showing off the Peter Capaldi pictureHello!
Welcome to Southampton Comic Con!Welcome to my review of Southampton Comic Con 2 which I went to yesterday and I had a great time! This convention was organised by Nerdageddon, who organised DEF Con 3, and the event raised money for CLIC Sargent for children with cancer. It was held at the Empire Hall in Totton near Southampton.

Hello Matthew Dale aka Little John

When I arrived I went straightaway to meet Matthew Dale who played Little John in Robot of Sherwood  (2014).  It was very easy to recognise him because he looked just like he did in the episode! I told him that Project Indigo readers had chosen Robot of Sherwood as the best episode of Series 8 and he was really chuffed to hear that! I told him my favourite part of the episode was

This is my spoon!

He told me that Peter Capaldi and Tom Riley didn’t enjoy falling in the river for that bit as the water was very cold and everyone laughed at them. Matthew told me that Sherwood Forest was actually filmed in Fforest Fawr in Wales so I will go there one day and tell you all about it.

Here's what I got from Matthew DaleI asked Matthew one of my golden questions – if he could go anywhere in time and space, where would he like to go? He found it very tricky to decide but said that he would like to have seen the Titanic sail off from Southampton – but obviously not collide with an iceberg. Matthew was a very nice chap and I was chuffed to meet him.

After I met Matthew I explored the convention and watched the amazing Cosplayers.

I met the cutest Cybermen ever, River Song, Emmet from the Lego movie, a Silent (but I don’t remember that) and many more. Brigadier and Woolly K9!When I had lunch I bumped into Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart with Woolly K9. K9 has met many Doctor Who actors so check out his Facebook page to find out who!

After lunch I enjoyed a Duff beer on the sofa with The Simpsons and my companion. Cheers!

Der der der, der der der der, der dnana da. Dnanana dnader der!

Then I returned to the Empire Hall and a Stormtrooper stole my hat! I had to play tug-of-war with him but I used the force and won it back. Take that Stormtrooper!

Stormtrooper stole my hat!!!

After my Tug of War I explored the stalls and met Kris Carter, a comic book creator who colours titles such as Transformers and Doctor Who and also writes ‘Lou Scannon‘ which has been nominated for an Eagle Award. I bought a picture he had drawn of all the Doctors and the TARDIS captioned ‘Who Knows’. It is a really fun picture!

Next to Kris was Kev F Sutherland aka Kev F! I was very excited to meet Kev as he draws for my favourite comics The Beano and Doctor Who Adventures. I posed for a ‘Lightning Fast One Minute Caricature’ and it was great, I can’t believe I have been drawn by a Comic Book artist.

When Kev found out I was a Doctor Who fan he did a drawing especially for me of the Twelfth Doctor coming out his TARDIS shouting ‘Tom, Tom Who?’ I love it! I am going to put my pictures in a frame on my bedroom wall. Kev teaches Comic Book Masterclasses, I would love him to teach me to draw like that one day.

Look at my fab Peter Capaldi picture from Kev F!

At the grave of Alice LiddellAfter all that I left for home and stopped off at Lyndhurst in the New Forest and visited the grave of Alice Liddell who was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

While I was there I looked in some shops and look what I found in a window – a tiny TARDIS! Maybe the Boneless survived the trip after all and shrunk the TARDIS again…..

Look what I found in Lyndhurst!

Southampton Comic Con 2 was great and I had a smashing Sfi Fi Saturday – thank you to Nerdageddon for organising it and I can’t wait for the next one – DEF Con 4.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my review – don’t forget to enter my competition to win a Limited Edition Fourth Doctor Audio Adventure whilst there is still time!

See you soon for a Classic Doctor Location report – goodbye!

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.

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!

Sci-Fi Fest, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset – November 2014

Welcome to the Fleet Air Arm MuseumAllons-y!

Yesterday I was back at the Fleet Air Arm Museum for another special event – Sci-Fi Fest! This is just a quick post to tell you about it.

Last time I went to Fleet Air Arm Museum was in August 2014 for the Dalek Invasion, and I dressed as the Eleventh Doctor. This time I did my first Tenth Doctor Cosplay – I wore a blue suit, glasses and used my Tenth Doctor Sonic (which is really a pen!). David Tennant was a great Doctor, he was always finding things out as he went along.

Face my Sonic Screwdriver!

Fleet Air Arm Museum is the national museum of The Royal Navy and houses Europe’s largest naval aviation collection.  When I arrived the halls were full of Sci Fi Fans there to see the stalls and celebrity signers. There were celebrities from Star Wars along with Virginia Hey from Farscape and Chris Barrie from Red Dwarf. I was very disappointed when I found out that there were no Doctor Who celebrities there but at least there were fun things to do and see!

What is going on under Concorde?

I met my old friend K9 – The Tenth Doctor and K9 reunited just as in the episode School Reunion (2006)! Then the Krillitanes took over a school and only the Doctor and his companions could stop them. Luckily there was no sign of the Krillitanes today but I did see a Scarecrow, Cybermen, Daleks, Clockwork Robots and the Ood!

My old friend K9!

There were many awesome Cosplayers there – here is a selection of them. They all look really cool!

First up is Sean dressed as Sergeant Benton! Sean has been dressing as Sergeant Benton for a while now as he is his absolute favourite Doctor Who character. He came second in the Fancy Dress competition – well done Sean! Sean is accompanied by his sister Lilia who is dressed as Finn from Adventure Time and they are being photobombed by a Jedi-Knight and Obear Wan Kenobear!

Here's Sergeant Benton and Finn - and Obear Wan Keno Bear and a Jedi Knight.

I met a Seventh Doctor again – I met him before at Charfest in August 2014. This time he was dressed as both Old Seveny and a member of the High Council- he said that the Seventh Doctor has become President of Gallifrey!

I met the Seventh Doctor from Charfest again.

Here is a Classic Cyberman. This was a very polite Cyberman – that’s something you don’t see everyday! When we took a picture they said ‘You’re Welcome!’

Here is the friendly Cyberman.

The Scarecrow looked very realistic – just like in the show. I wasn’t scared though because I am not a crow!

You only scare crows - not me! (Unless I'm a crow of course).

Matt, Laura and Jake are dressed at the Eleventh Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and The Master – they look fantastic don’t they? Matt is a Matt Smith / Eleventh Doctor Cosplayer and available for lookalike work – please check out his Facebook page.

Sarah Jane, The Master and the Eleventh Doctor.

Here is Hannah dressed as Osgood – Osgood was a great character, it was so sad to see her go. It is such a shame that she was killed 😦

Here is Osgood.

I really enjoyed looking at all the Cosplayers and I also took the time to explore the exhibits at the museum. I went into a submarine and pretended I was on the submarine in Cold War (2013) I also saw a pilot uniform which reminded me of Reg Arwell’s in The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe (2011). My favourite part was playing Battleships against myself!

Time now to say goodbye, I will be back soon to tell you the winner of the competition to win a Doctor Who Encyclopedia. Thanks for reading and goodbye!

DEF Con 3, Totton, Hampshire – October 2014

Welcome to DEF Con 3Greetings and welcome to DEF Con 3!

DEF Con 3 was held this weekend in the Empire Hall in Totton near Southampton and spilled out across the town. It is a Sci-Fi Fan convention run by Nerdageddon and raised money for the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton General Hospital.

I knew there would be Cosplayers but this time I didn’t want to dress as the Doctor as I have on other occasions. I dressed as another character. Can you tell from the photo? Leave a comment if you want to take a guess.Can you guess who I am?

The first thing I did when I got there was go to meet Colin Baker – The Sixth Doctor! When I arrived he was free and I thought I would take my chance. He is the Second Doctor I have met, after Peter Capaldi. The Sixth Doctor was very stroppy, a bit like the Twelfth!

Colin Baker - No 6! The second Doctor I have met.

I was extremely shy meeting Colin, although he was very friendly.I couldn’t believe I was talking to the Doctor! I asked Colin where his favourite location was where he filmed Doctor Who and he told me it was Seville in Spain where he filmed The Two Doctors (1985). I fancy going to Seville for my blog!

Then I asked Old Sixey if there would be a second Five-ish Doctors Reboot (2013) but he said he doesn’t know. He said they needed a good idea for a story first, to top the last one! I hope there will be a sequel because I really lol-ed and rofl-ed at the first one –  it was something that could always tickle your funnybone!

I chose a picture for Colin to sign and he posed for some great photos with me.

Later I went back to Colin to ask if he could travel anywhere in time and space, where would he like to go? He had a quick think then told me he would like to ‘travel to London, 1000 years in the future, just to see’.

It was really good to meet Colin because he was a very nice man. He didn’t have the yellow curls anymore – or the bright trousers!

Then I went on to meet Simon Fisher-Becker who played the Eleventh Doctor’s friend Dorium Maldovar , who owned a black market bar in the 52nd Century known as The Maldovarium. On his website Simon is described by Tom Macrae as ‘ The best blue actor in the business!’.  Simon was also in Harry Potter as the Fat Friar.

Simon Fisher-Becker - not as blue as I expected.

Simon is a great chap, like Colin, and was very chatty. I asked about filming locations and he said that when he filmed as Dorium he spent most of his time in the studio but he does remember filming in an aircraft hangar at three in the morning and being very cold!

He was wearing a medal from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Fun Run which was given to him in New Zealand. This virtual fun-run was to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor in November 2013.

Simon told me about his one-man show ‘My Dalek Has a Puncture’, all about being an actor. He has been on a tour with his show and new dates are being added so I will go and see his show when he comes locally to me next year. It sounds like it is going to be really funny!

Next I asked Simon where he would go if he had a TARDIS and could travel through time and space. He said that he would want to be there for First Contact – even it was just to make the tea! He also said that he would like to witness his own family history and see if his family’s stories were true.

It was really nice to meet Simon and I hope I meet him again in February when I see his show.Hello Empire Hall

After I met the actors from Doctor Who I trotted around to see what merchandise there was and saw the stars from other Sc-Fi. There were even stars from Red Dwarf and Star Wars  including Daft Vader – David Prowse! Ooops, I mean Darth Vader.

There was a Lightning McQueen outside one of the halls and when I went out to take a look, a man honked his horn really really really loud. There was also a huge 35ft Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

I enjoyed looking at all the Cosplayers and saw a Brigadier Lethbridge – Stewart, a Fourth Doctor and a Tenth Doctor. Someone had brought along a K9 and I thought someone had dressed their dog up so they could get in for free.

Oh, and I bought my first FEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fezzes are cool.Cool as a Fez.

DEF Con 3 was really good fun and I had a great day – I hope they do it again next year.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll come back soon.

May the force be with you!