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A once-in-a-lifetime surprise in Parliament Square, London – 22 August 2014

Say cheese!How do you do?

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. ¬†ūüė¶ 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.

The Doctor with his TWO companions!

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye!

p.s. Did you see my picture on Blue Peter this week? It is available here on CBBC iPlayer for the next few days, The Twelfth Doctor, A Blue Peter Special. You can see me at about 10 minutes in.

UPDATE: Please see here for a really cool time lapse video of when the TARDIS crash landed in Parliament Square!

Cardiff Castle Library – February 2014

Silence in the Library!Shwmae, Ti’n ¬†iawn?

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!¬†The Doctor's bookcase

You can get married at the Castle and have your reception in the library Рhow cool would it be to have your wedding in a room of the TARDIS????? Picturesque carvings

I will tell you about other locations within Cardiff Castle soon in another post.

In other news Рthis 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 Рmaybe next time. I hope you like the pictures!

Until next time, Da boch chi!

Montacute TV Radio & Toy Museum, Somerset – July 2014

Yep, this is the museumHello, ow be knackin vore?

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.¬†At Montacute House

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!

See you next week, Bwye!

Life and Death in Doctor Who, Bournemouth University – June 2014

Hello Professor Iain MacRuryHello!

I’m sorry I’m a bit late with my post this week, I have been away with my school and it has been my birthday so I have been tracking a bit off schedule. I shall start by telling you about the lecture I went to this week at Bournemouth University called ‘Life and Death in Doctor Who’. ¬†This was part of the University’s Festival of Learning¬†which is a programme of exciting events for local people, now in its second year.¬†

I joined the audience which was full of fellow Whovians, all different kinds of people -young, old, men and women, boys and girls. I was the youngest but some people there remembered watching the very first episode when it was broadcast 50 years ago. The lecture was given by Professor Iain MacRury who is Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange at Bournemouth University. He is an expert on the Doctor and, along with Michael Rustin,  wrote the book The Inner World of Doctor Who: Psychoanalytic Reflections in Time and Space. Phew, that was a bit of a mouthful!

The Professor compared the TARDIS to a magic box, and the stories to children’s books such as Alice In Wonderland. ¬†He talked about how Doctor Who is about growing up and becoming an adult and showed us clips of the companions to make us understand. One clip showed the Ninth Doctor holding on to Rose’s hand saying he could feel the world spinning. He said the latest Doctors are more caring towards their companions than the old Doctors, and he compared the Fifth Doctor after Adric died to the Tenth Doctor saying goodbye to Rose in Darlig Ulv Stranden. The Fifth Doctor just wanted to cheer his companions up by taking them to the Great Exhibition but the Tenth Doctor visited Rose in a parallel universe and burned up a sun to say goodbye!

Afterwards the Professor answered lots of questions from my fellow Whovians, but I was speechless. I met him at the end and he was very kind. Ace called the Seventh Doctor the Professor, maybe that inspired him to become one.

Just a quick news flash – I saw yet another blue box! The Professor told me to go to Weymouth House, part of the university and there was a TARDIS in reception.¬†Not mine, I wonder which Doctor had stopped by for the Festival of Learning?¬†I wonder if a future Doctor was in the audience but we didn’t recognise him?

It was so cool to be at Bournemouth University in the Media School because Richard Senior, the director of Let’s Kill Hitler, graduated from Bournemouth University in 2002. Maybe one day I’ll direct a Doctor Who episode myself, you never know!

See you next week, goodbye.

A surprise in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – May 2014

The Ninth Doctor was right - not even Ghengis Khan could get through the door!
The Ninth Doctor was right – not even Ghengis Khan could get through the door!

Hello once again!

Here is another TARDIS which I found in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard earlier this month! It must have been the TARDIS of one of the older Doctors because it doesn’t look like the one in Boscombe. The chameleon circuit must have gone wrong because it didn’t look quite right! I couldn’t look inside because the Doctor locked it behind him. ¬†Can you see the Doctor or is he playing hide and seek?

It was a very blowy day that almost took me off my feet so maybe that was the TARDIS materialising? The Sea Devils must have come to the dockyard with their cousins the Silurians to take over the world. ‘NOT THIS TIME! C’mon out, I’ll give you a taste of your own medicine!’ Maybe I saved the day, or the Doctor did. Either way is good!

I like going to the dockyard because it is full of historical ships and I like learning about Horatio Nelson because he is a hero of mine; he met with the Second Doctor in the book HMS TARDIS when the Doctor, Ben and Polly materialised on HMS Victory. I have been on the Victory lots of times, it is my favourite ship at the dockyard. There is so much more to see including HMS Alliance, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior but I like the Victory the best.

Look at the Victory!

See you soon land lubbers.

 

A surprise in Boscombe – April 2014

The Boscombe Police BoxGuess what I found this weekend? A TARDIS disguised as a Police Box or a Police Box disguised as a TARDIS. WHICH WAY ROUND IS IT??!!

I know this isn’t a filming location but I hope you find it interesting to see anyway. The TARDIS materialised in Boscombe in Bournemouth, Dorset earlier this week and is a real Police Box. Police Boxes used to be found all over the country but this new box is only one of two working boxes- the other is in London.

The TARDIS was originally built to blend into its surroundings by using the chameleon circuit, however it got stuck disguised as a Police Box after the First Doctor visited London in 1963.

I had a good look round the Police Box but was sad to see that is most definitely NOT bigger on the inside like my TARDIS.

Have a look at this BBC News report to find out more and remember to check it out if you are in the area.

Today is also the birthday of Peter Davison , the Fifth Doctor! Happy birthday if you’re reading!

See you soon and I will introduce a new location. Byeee!