Welcome to Avon Social Club in Bournemouth – home of Charfest! Charfest is a festival of many things and is to raise money for the charity Victim No More – and I went along to Charfest 2014 to meet the special guests.
Avon Social Club is a private members club and is where the comedian Tony Hancock made his first professional appearance. I was very happy when I arrived as I was keen to meet some stars of Doctor Who and of other shows and films such as Red Dwarf and Star Wars.
Ian is a great man and very kind. I told him all about my day in London the day before (when I met the Doctor and Clara) and he wanted to see the photos. He was also really interested in some images I took of the poppies at the Tower of London because they were very special.
We posed for a photo together with cigars and then he signed a picture for me and reminded me to ‘K.B.O’! Can you remember what that means????
After I had checked out the music and stalls I went to meet Derek Martin, best known for Eastenders but he also appeared as David Mitchell in Image of the Fendahl (1977) and had small parts in loads and loads of other Doctor Who episodes. Derek and I had a good chat about football as we are both Chelsea fans and I predicted the correct score of the Chelsea v Leicester match that day! I chose a picture of Derek and the Third Doctor for him to sign and we posed for a photo. Derek was super to meet and I really enjoyed it.
Afterwards I went downstairs to have a go on the bouncy castle, then I had a drink and enjoyed looking at the Cosplayers all around. I met someone dressed as the Seventh Doctor which was cool because the Seventh Doctor is my favourite – along with Peter Capaldi! ( That’s the first time I’ve added that bit!). He was sad because he had snapped his special umbrella. There were also people dressed as the Tenth Doctor, Jo Grant, Captain Jack and other Sci Fi characters.
I left after that but came back the next day especially to see Blogtor Who, Cameron K McEwan who was there to show his movie! I told him all about accidentally bumping into Peter Capaldi and he told me that he and a friend met him by accident once as well. I bought his book The Who’s Who of Doctor Who (2014) and also a DVD of his film Who’s Changing (2014). Blogtor Who signed my book and so did Andrew Skilleter who illustrated the book with really cool pictures. Andrew has also illustrated many things for Doctor Who including the ‘The Five Doctors’ Radio Times cover,books, video covers and calendars.
I got a front row seat and watched the film on a couch in luxury. ‘Who’s Changing – an Adventure in Time with Fans’ is all about how Doctor Who fandom has changed over the years and is full of interviews with stars and fans. People talk about what they like about Doctor Who and why they like it so much. It is a great film and I plead with all Doctor Who fans to watch it because it is so darn good!
I left Charfest after the film but it was fantastico and raised nearly £1000 for Victim No More which is awesome! I hope they do another one next year.
In other news, this week I received this wonderful drawing of the Twelfth Doctor from one of my readers who loves Peter Capaldi and everything Doctor Who. She is an amazing artist and you can check out her work here on her blog. One of her pictures was shown in New York on the Doctor Who World Tour! I love it and will treasure it. Thank you!
See you soon for a very special location report (hint – it is in a new episode) and remember – K.B.O!!!!!!!
Hello readers! A big thank you to you all – today I have reached the 5000 views mark and I’d like to say thank you for helping me make this possible.
Today I am going to tell you about an adventure that I had planned to tell you about last week – but then I met the Doctor and Clara …
Now we travel to earlier this month and the Fleet Air Arm Museum for the Dalek Invasion! Fleet Air Arm Museum tells the story of the Royal Navy In the Air and is Europe’s largest naval aviation Museum. It is based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton (also known as HMS Heron) in Somerset and regularly holds special events including the annual Dalek Invasion. I have been there before but this was my first Dalek Invasion so I dressed as the Eleventh Doctor ready to kick some Dalek butt (even though they don’t have butts!).
When I arrived I went straight to the main hall to meet the special guests because I was excited to meet them. The first person I met was Nicola Bryant also known as Peri Brown, the Doctor’s companion from 1984-1986. She was sat next to her husband Nev Fountain. Nicola and Nev had replied to a tweet I had sent so they were expecting me, and recognised me from my photo. Nicola was a very nice lady and looked just like she did on TV, but she didn’t sound the same as she had an American accent in the show. She was really friendly but I was shy. She signed a picture of her and the Sixth Doctor with some Daleks and posed for a photo with me. I couldn’t believe I had met a star of Classic Doctor Who – she was my first ever!
Next I talked to Nev Fountain who is a scriptwriter. Nev helped me pick out my first Big Finish CD and recommended some which would be good for a 9 year old. I chose Breaking Bubbles because it had one of Nev’s own stories and I promised Nev that I would listen to it and write a review. (See below). Nev signed the CD and also posed for a photo with me.
After I met Nicola and Nev I explored the museum. All around me were people dressed as their favourite characters, I could see the Tenth Doctor, Second Doctor, Seventh Doctor, a Silurian, Reinette, Captain Jack and many more. I even saw K9 who was little but very fast. The Daleks were going to exterminate people with their water guns. One Dalek was dancing to Gangnam Style by spinning round and getting close to people! Someone took a picture of the Dalek and he said “I’m sure that’s a lovely picture of my bum.” Awkward! I wanted the Daleks to stay back because they are EVIL.
Next I shifted on to the BAC Concorde which is the actual first British-built Concorde – a turbojet powered supersonic passenger airliner. This was the not the Concorde that disappeared in the story Time-Flight (1982) but that story used a second Concorde as its set. It was the first ever TV show filmed on an actual Concorde or at Heathrow Airport! I was surprised that the ceiling was very low and I had to duck.
Sadly I didn’t fly anywhere on Concorde but I did go on a simulator afterwards. It was of a helicopter flight and it was so fidgety that I kept falling out of my seat!
Next I went to meet Jon Davey who is a Doctor Who monster actor and has played many characters such as an Ood, Cyberman, Whisper Man, Winder and even appeared as an android inDeep Breath (2014). Jon showed a video of him being made up as a Whisper Man. That took three hours but on video was only 50 seconds. He was a Dalek on the Red Carpet at the Doctor Who World Tour and showed me photos he took from inside the Dalek. Maybe I was in one of the photos? I think it must have been very cramped in there. Jon was very nice and spent lots of time chatting. He also signed a picture of him with the Twelfth Doctor and posed for a photo with me.
Afterwards I went and enjoyed the entertainment until it was time to go. I had a great workout on the way back to my TARDIS to keep me fit and ready for kicking Daleks out of time! I had a great day and will go again next year – if my TARDIS doesn’t malfunction.
This is my first Big Finish so I would like everyone to enjoy this review. I am reviewing this story because it is the only one on the CD written by Nev Fountain and it is my preferito! MINOR SPOILERS!
This is the story of Michael aged 14. He likes to solve little mysteries made because of invisible rules that he doesn’t understand. One day he was helping his Dad in his DIY shop and said ‘Dad you should change the Do It Yourself Sign because it is rude. At least put a please at the end of it!’. His Dad said that Michael was from another planet and Michael believes him.
His dad had 129 gnomes but one day when Michael counted there were 130. At the same time his Dad had gone missing and Michael suspected his Dad had been turned into a gnome. Michael set out to solve this big mystery with the help of the man in the yellow trousers – (old Sixy) and the girl with a boy’s name (Peri). Michael and the Doctor are very similar because they both like solving mysteries and are very logical.
I thought this story was great because I really liked Michael as he is a very clever boy. The story is also very sad but the Doctor teaches Michael how to time travel in his mind to help him feel better.
I enjoyed listening to the adventure because you can make up the pictures in your head and use your imagination to tell the story. I would like to listen to more CDs in the future.
This post finds me at Parliament Square for a little meeting with the Doctor and Clara! This is the most amazing part of my life so far and I think it always will be. Now I am going to tell you the story of how it happened.
Yesterday I was travelling to London for the day when one of my companions called me to say there was a TARDIS in Parliament Square. I wanted to see this for myself and decided to take a look. And I guess you know what happened next. That’s right!
As I was walking towards the TARDIS I realised that the Doctor, Clara and co were there for a photo shoot. The TARDIS had landed stuck in the middle of Parliament Square and had landed on some dinosaur bones! My eyes popped out because I did not expect to see that. Wow!
I joined the small crowd to watch from behind the barrier and started taking photos. Peter and Jenna were posing on the TARDIS. It was really smoky and Peter was coughing! Big Ben struck 11 and Peter put his fingers in his ears!
I got chatting with some people in the crowd and told them about Project Indigo – well, my companion did. She was telling everyone she saw because she couldn’t believe our luck. Before we knew it we had been given passes so that we could get on the other side of the barrier with the press. Woo Hoo!
Behind the barrier I had the best seat in the house to see the Doc and Clara close-up. People had offered money to get behind the barrier but we were luckier. Peter and Jenna noticed me taking photos and started pulling fantastic poses towards me . I thought I took a lot of photos but when I checked, the camera had only taken 4. 😦 Everyone in the crowd was wondering why I was there – some people thought I had won a competition!
The people behind the barrier were so friendly and welcoming and kind and arranged for me to meet Peter and Jenna. It was so surprising and a privelege. I was introduced to Peter and Jenna and shook hands with the Doctor and had my photo taken. I told them all about this blog and some places I have visited. I told them how much I enjoyed watching Deep Breath when I went to the World Tour in Cardiff. It is all a bit of a blur because in my head all I could think was “Woooooowwwww!” Peter and Jenna thanked me for my good review. If I had know I was going to meet them I wouldn’t have been so shy and would have thought of some questions. I would have asked them how much they enjoy playing the Doctor and Clara. I think it must be a really ace job.
Sadly Jenna had to leave but Peter stayed to sign lots of autographs for the crowd. In all the excitement I forgot to ask for one myself! Whilst Peter was signing I got a few snaps with the dinosaur bones and TARDIS. Then I was interviewed by Chris and Laura for this video on thisisfoxx’s Youtube channel. I was happy because this was my second interview and I knew what to say.
Peter was taking his time with the autographs and posing for pictures. I was chatting to people who work with him and they said that he is a really lovely man who really cares for his fans. One lady in the audience asked me who he was – she had never heard of Doctor Who! One couple from Poland took a photo of me with my companion – they had travelled all the way from Poland to watch Deep Breath!
Just before 12 it was time for Peter to leave and away he went. I could see him posing for a photo with a child by his car. Awww.I was sad it was over but at least I made the most of it. Thank you Peter and Jenna and to all the marvellous people who made my dream come to life! I cannot believe this happened and I met the Doctor by accident! I will remember it all my life.
THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I am back on English soil and I am going to share with you the surprise I was telling you about!
Yesterday I had a ticket to the Doctor Who World Tour in Cardiff and saw the premiere of Peter Capaldi’s first episode as the Twelfth Doctor – Deep Breath (2014)! It was fan-daby-dosy!
I have been so excited and couldn’t believe the day had finally come. I arrived at the Red Carpet event and the street was very crowded full of people waiting to see the new Doctor and Clara. Some Daleks and Cybermen were going up and down and going up to people – not to exterminate or delete them happily – phew! I was very tired waiting and I thought my legs might drop off but suddenly the crowd pumped up and I knew the stars had arrived.
First to go past was Jenna Coleman but she was very busy and had to rush off to an interview. She was wearing a bright red dress and walked right past me.
Next to come down was Steven Moffat and I was really glad because I got to say hello and get his autograph! He seemed a really nice guy. Finally was (who did you expect) PETER CAPALDI! He was so busy signing his autograph on people’s cards, TARDISes and other memorabilia. Just as he got to my section he was dragged away because he was late, which was really sad, but he seemed very sorry himself as if he wanted to meet more fans. He was very smiley and friendly and seemed really happy to be the Doctor!
After Peter went past it was time to go in St David’s Hall. The room was capacious and the seats went so high up. I was only four rows from the front, I had a great view and was so close to the Doctor and co. I felt so lucky and spoiled to have the chance to be there.Everybody was so busy and excited that they didn’t take notice of the rules and kept taking photos! While I was waiting something happened that I really have to mention – I met BlogtorWho! He’s a really great Doctor Who writer and I will be going to see his film Who’s Changing in a couple of weeks. He was a jolly chap and let me pose for a photo with him.
Finally it was time and Jason Mohammad came out to present the show and said that we were the first audience in the WHOLE WORLD to watch Deep Breath. Next Rhodri Talfan Davies and Faith Penhale talked about BBC Wales and brought out Peter, Jenna and Steven before the episode started. We all agreed to keep what happens in the episode a secret so me is not spoiling it for you!
So, I watched Deep Breath and it was dazzling and Peter Capaldi was EPIC. When I say epic I mean epic. I don’t want to give anything away so I will preview without spoiling. The Twelfth Doctor is funny, serious , smart , Scottish and smelly! The story is cool, creepy, life-changing, terrifying and breathtaking! I had to watch from behind my fingers for a bit but I loved it. 10 out of 10. The new Doctor is great and I can’t wait to see more of him.
When the episode finished Jason brought out Peter, Jenna and Steven again to answer some questions. I didn’t ask a question because I was really shy but I wish I had. Peter said that playing the Doctor was terrifying, wonderful and a dream come true. He said that the show is a good thing that is met with joy and positivity and that he is so proud.My favourite part was when he said he didn’t know he was the only actor to audition for the part, that was so funny.
Someone asked when they would like to travel in time to. Peter said Ancient Rome ( which he has already. Well , Pompeii). Jenna said Ancient Egypt or 1920’s New York. I would like to go to the Norman times or the 1980s.
I felt so inspired by all the answers and very glad that Peter was a fan when he was my age. He is so happy to finally be playing the Doctor.
After the show I was lucky enough to meet Sam Anderson who plays the new companion, Danny Pink! He was very smart with a cool hat and spent ages signing autographs and posing for photos. I got his autograph and he said that no two signatures were coming out the same. Steven Moffat said he is the show’s secret weapon and nothing will be the same again.
After it was over I was quite sad because I wanted it to go on and on and on. It was THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.
I’ve had a great week in Cardiff and visited over 20 Doctor Who locations so I hope to tell you all about them. Please come back and read my posts and tell me what you think.
We are back in Wales in February again, for another Cardiff Doctor Who location. We are in the library of Cardiff Castle which was used as a filming location for Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS (2013). It was used as the TARDIS library which was found by Clara when she was running away from some Time Zombies. When she was there she found a book called The History of the Time War and saw the Doctor’s real name in it. Later she said to the Doc:
‘The library. You were mentioned in a book. You call yourself Doctor. Why do you do that? You have a name. I’ve seen it. In one tiny corner of that tiny book’.
It is a very scary episode but luckily when I was in the library there was no sign of a Time Zombie. It was a very quiet and safe place full of beautiful old books. Unfortunately I couldn’t see the Encyclopedia Gallifreya!
The library is very grand and the bookcases are decorated with animals of all sorts. There was daylight coming through the window, unlike when Clara was there, and the ceiling was not infinite – good ol’ computer graphics!
You can get married at the Castle and have your reception in the library – how cool would it be to have your wedding in a room of the TARDIS?????
I will tell you about other locations within Cardiff Castle soon in another post.
In other news – this Friday I found a copy of the 285th issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine- complete with Amazing Doctor Dress Up Set. Dress Up Sets are cool! The set contained a TARDIS key, sonic screwdriver, bow tie and psychic paper. I was inspired and used them to dress up as a different Doctor ( I think you already know which one it is!) . I copied the outfit the Doctor wore for Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS but I wish I had put a Big Friendly Button mark on my hand – maybe next time. I hope you like the pictures!
I have said this because this post is from Somerset and it means ‘how are you doing?’ in Somerset dialect.
Yesterday I went to Montacute, a village just outside Yeovil in Somerset. First I visited Montacute House which is an Elizabethan Country House which has just been used by the BBC as a filming location for ‘Wolf Hall’ which stars Doctor Who actor and writer Mark Gatiss. But that wasn’t the reason I was there! I was in the village to check out a Doctor Who Exhibition.
I visited Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum, which is said to be like a TARDIS opening up to reveal a giant time capsule of memorabilia collected from the world of TV and Radio programmes.
When I arrived I saw the First and Eleventh Doctors in the window, hanging out together. I went in to explore the collection and saw millions of items such as toys, games, magazines, books and photos from shows and famous people including Mr Bean, Tommy Cooper, The Saint, Andy Capp, Spongebob, The Simpsons, Life on Mars, The Two Ronnies, The Wombles etcetera etcetera etcetera! My companions saw things from their childhood memories and I found it all very exciting. My favourite was a ‘Hoff in my Pocket’. If you press a button it says ‘I’m The Hoff, ha ha ha. And you’re not!’ It was absolutely jam-packed full of memorabilia collected since the 1930’s by Dennis and Mauvyn Greenham, and their son-in-law Alan Hicken who now runs the museum.
Next I visited the exhibition ‘Step into the TARDIS’ which I entered by going into a Police Box. I was a bit worried as I didn’t know what was going to be through the door! The first thing I saw was an Ice-Warrior and then I saw a very loud and big pinball machine from the late 80’s, which showed Doctors 1-7. The room was stuffed full of Doctor Who toys, and dummies of the Doctor’s friends and foes such as the Ood, The Sisters of Plenitude, a Clockwork Robot, Pigslave and Scarecrow. The worst monsters were behind glass, which was very very very lucky or we could have had a big shock! Trapped behind the glass were Davros and the Daleks, a Cybershade, Cybermen, Melkur and many other baddies. I also saw the real suit of armour worn by Christopher Bowen as Mordred in the episode Battlefield (1989), it looked shiny and very heavy. There were over 60 life-size Doctor Who characters to see.
Finally I went in the TARDIS room to see the Doctors hanging around the TARDIS console with some companions such as Donna and Captain Jack. I played with a Plasma-ball which I recognised from Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). I don’t think it was the real one but it was very hypnotic anyway. I then saw the actual costume worn by Dennis Chinnery as Professor Sylvest in The Twin Dilemma (1984). It felt quite weird to be in a room full of Doctors – but enjoyable.
The Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum is really good and a sensational place to go. If you do visit don’t be too shy to go into the TARDIS. I nearly didn’t as I was a bit scared but I’m really glad I did in the end!
Today I am talking about something very, very, very special. The photo will give you a clue. I hope you have guessed it. I have a (drumroll please)……………………. BLUE PETER BADGE!
Just to let you know, I didn’t buy it, I earned it. I have been awarded a blue Blue Peter Badge for this blog and had a letter from the Editor of Blue Peter, Ewan Vinnicombe , which said
‘it is fascinating to read about all the Doctor Who adventures you have been on! We thought it was so interesting, we’re awarding you a Blue Peter Badge which we hope you will enjoy wearing!’
Ewan Vinnicombe is obviously a fellow Whovian as he put a quote by the Fourth Doctor in my letter, from the episode Warrior’s Gate (1981).
‘One good solid hope is worth a cartload of uncertainties’.
A very good quote indeed.
Blue Peter Badge winners can visit a lot of fun places for free for example The Doctor Who Experience so I will use my badge to go there and to other adventures for fun and report back to my readers.
Blue Peter is even older than the Doctor Who series, there is a 5 year age gap and it started in 1958. It has supported Doctor Who for many years and has featured lots of interviews with the stars including the debuts of Peter Davidson and Sylvester McCoy. Peter Purves was one of Blue Peter’s presenters and he played Steven Taylor, a companion of the First Doctor, William Hartnell.
Did you know that Ace, the Seventh Doctor’s companion, wore two Blue Peter badges – a blue one, and a silver one that was awarded for heroic achievement? (Remembrance of the Daleks 1998). They were both awarded to the actress, Sophie Aldred, in real life. Do you have a Blue Peter badge? Leave a comment to tell me how you earnt it.
To finish off I shall say THANK YOU to Blue Peter and the BBC for giving me this wonderful achievement, I feel very happy and proud!
I have more exciting Blue Peter news which I will share with you in a few weeks……. Bye bye fellas, see you next time!
We interrupt this blog with an important News Flash!
Sylvester McCoy has launched Barnardo’s Great Winter Stock Appeal. Sylvester McCoy was the Seventh Doctor ( 1987- 1989). He is my favourite Doctor because he was always wise. My favourite all-time episode is the four part episode The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988-1989). I like it because The Doctor is entertaining the Gods of Ragnarok and it is set on the planet Segonax.
Anyway – enough of my favourites, back to my post!
Sylvester is calling on the Great British public to clear out their cupboards and donate pre-loved winter woollies to the children’s charity Barnardo’s.
I was happy to take the time to get involved in this very important appeal for Barnardo’s. They urgently need donations of pre-loved winter coats, woollies and accessories to help their stores build the stock they need to sell this winter. Now that Spring is finally here, it’s the perfect time to clear out winter items you no longer need!”
I had a good winter clothes clear-out myself for the appeal and if I can encourage people to join me, we can all make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children.”
Barnardo’s is hoping that thousands will be raised via the ‘Great Winter Stock Appeal’ to help support the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families. I will look through my cupboards to look for any clothes I’ve grown out of to take to my nearest shop so I hope you will join me and The Doctor and give your old clothes to the charity and support children across the UK.