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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 2, Film & Comic Con Bournemouth, Dorset – August 2015

Tom at the BIC
Welcome to Day 2 of Film & Comic Con at Bournemouth International Centre

Hello,

And welcome to the second day of Showmaster’s Film & Comic Con Bournemouth! After my adventures on the first day I was a bit tired from meeting all the amazing actors but I was very happy to go back to meet more Doctor Who stars!

Sam, Nicola, Colin and Louise at the Q&A
Sam, Nicola, Colin and Louise at the Film and Comic Con Bournemouth

First show of the day was the Doctor Who talk and out came Louise Jameson ( Leela), Nicola Bryant ( Peri), Samuel Anderson ( Danny Pink) and the Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker! The Q&A was very interesting and lots of fun. The guests were asked to describe their Doctor Who experience in one word.

Colin said

Eternal

Nicola said

Giving

Louise said

Extraordinary

and Sam said

Mellifluous!

Mellifluous means sweetly or smoothly flowing, sweetened as if with honey. I know, because I looked it up!

Tom and Louise Jameson
Hello Louise Jameson aka Leela!

After the Q&A I said hello to Louise Jameson – I didn’t ask her my golden questions because I asked her already at the Timeless Collectors Fair. Louise was very kindly to me and she told me she enjoyed the Q&A which was the first one she had done with Sam, and she thought he was great!

Tom and Lalla Ward
Hello Lalla Ward aka Romana II!

After Louise I met Lalla Ward who played another Fourth Doctor companion Romana II! It was great to meet Lalla for the first time and she was very polite and answered my 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?

Lalla’ s favourite Doctor Who episode is City of Death (1979).

Lalla showed me a photo of Romana II in Cambridge in the episode Shada (1979) which was her favourite filming location. Sadly Shada wasn’t finished because of a strike, and wasn’t shown on TV but it was released on video in 1992.

If Lalla could go anywhere in time and space she would like to go back in time and see the dinosaurs, but she would want to take a bodyguard to protect her! She would also like to visit other planets and make contact as she believes that there must be life on other planets if there is life on earth. I think she may be right! It would be nice to know we are not alone in the universe but I hope that aliens would be friendly if they did come to earth.

Tom and Nicola Bryant
Hello Nicola Bryant aka Peri!

Next I met Nicola Bryant – Nicola played Peri , companion to the Fifth and Sixth Doctor. I have met Nicola before at the Fleet Air Arm Museum and she is lovely. I was really pleased to meet her again.

Nicola cannot choose a favourite Doctor Who episode because as soon as she thinks of one she remembers another she likes just as much. She loves them all!

Nicola’s favourite filming location was Seville where she filmed The Two Doctors (1985). She said the food was great. When I met the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, his answer was the same so I guess they had a good time!

Lastly Nicola told me that if she could go anywhere in time and space she would like to travel back 25 years and see her father who sadly passed away. She said the best times are times spent with loved ones. I agree, I would love to use my TARDIS to visit my Great – Nana who I miss very much and my Grandad who I never got to meet.

Tom and Samuel Anderson at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Hello Samuel Anderson aka Danny Pink!

Finally I met Samuel Anderson again – Sam played Clara’s boyfriend Danny Pink and his ancestor Orson Pink. Sam was the first ever Doctor Who actor I met as I got his autograph at the Doctor Who World Tour in Cardiff in 2014!

In the queue I met Luke who was carrying a TARDIS door. He was asking the Doctor Who actors to sign the door then he was going to take the door home to put back on his own life-size TARDIS. I wonder if it is bigger on the inside?

Sam was mellifluous – Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! His favourite episode is Death in Heaven (2014) – even though it meant he lost his job!

He enjoyed filming in a bar because he got to sneak a beer – shhhh! His favourite Doctor Who filming location was the set of the TARDIS because it is kept under lock and key and not many people get to film there!

Sam would like to travel in time to see the dinosaurs, and the pyramids being built, but he would REALLY like to go to Harlem in the 1940s and see the Jazz Greats performing.  I told Sam that Doctor Who Script Editor Andrew Cartmel told me that as well – they should hang out together.  Sam is a Jazz Singer too – maybe one day Jazz fans will want to travel in time to see Sam singing!

Sam was supercool, it was great to meet him again and he was very encouraging about Project Indigo. Thanks Sam!

Tom and Samuel Anderson at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
Chatting with Samuel Anderson

After I met Samuel I decided it was time to leave as I was pooped out from all the excitement of the weekend! As well as the Doctor Who stars there were film stars from all over the world, including actors from many film and TV Series Star Wars, even Darth Vader himself! And The Incredible Hulk!

There were sports stars too. As I left I met footballer Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris and got his autograph – he is a Chelsea legend! I know it isn’t Doctor Who related but I am telling you about it because it meant a lot to me as I love football and support Chelsea (and Bournemouth of course!).

Thank you to everybody who let me interview them, thank you to BH Live, and thank you to the people at Showmasters for giving me a Press Pass and helping me to meet with all the Doctor Who stars. The first Film & Comic Con Bournemouth was SO AWESOME that Showmasters have created another and will be back in Bournemouth next year!

See you soon for my review of the updated Doctor Who Experience – it was fandabbydozy.

Goodbye!

One of the signing rooms at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
One of the signing rooms at Film & Comic Con Bournemouth

BBC Make It Digital Tour, Bournemouth – August 2015

The Make It Digital Tent at Bournemouth Airshow
The Make It Digital Tent

Greetings!

Yesterday I went to Bournemouth Airshow and had a Doctor Who adventure! The BBC Make it Digital tour was on the beach – a free, interactive experience for everyone to enjoy.

Welcome to the BBC Experience Igloo
Welcome to the BBC Experience Igloo

First up was The BBC Experience and I went into the igloo-shaped tent. Inside I saw a BBC Timeline and I watched part of the Doctor Who Pilot episode which was included because the beginning of Doctor Who was a legendary time for the BBC!

Watching the legendary Doctor Who pilot episode at Make It Digital tour
Watching the legendary Doctor Who pilot episode

Next I came to a chair from ‘The Voice’. I had to sit in it and press the buzzer – just for fun!

The Voice Chair at Make It Digital
I am one of the new judges for The Voice!

Beside The Voice Chair was a green screen. I had my photo taken against the screen and had to pose pointing at nothing. It felt weird pointing at a screen but when I saw the photo I knew why!

Green screen at Make It Digital
What on earth am I doing?

I had been pointing at the Doctor and Clara by the TARDIS. I was given a copy of the photo to take home to remember the time I saw the Doctor and Clara outside the TARDIS!

The Doctor and Clara at Make It Digital
I know you from somewhere!

After that I had a go at presenting the weather – I wasn’t very good! I had to stand in front of another green screen and point at certain bits on a map. I could see where I was pointing on the monitor in front of me. I had to make up the words and it was very hard to talk and point at the same time. I definitely wouldn’t want to do it on live TV!

Presenting the weather at Make It Digital
Scorchio! (not)

Next I went to the Make it Digital area. First I went in the Doctor Who tent where there were games to play which are designed to help people learn to code. I tried out ‘The Dalek Maze’ with the help of the Robogals. There was a battery controlled Dalek and I had to plan a route to the centre of a maze plotting the course on a computer. Forward Left Forward Left Forward Right Forward Right Forward! I was successful!

Afterwards I played ‘The Doctor and the Dalek’ on a tablet. This is a game where the Doctor and Dalek are helping each other and teaches you about sequencing. I completed my levels easily and am going to continue at home and see how far I get.

Oh, and I took a #Dalekselfie as well. There was a captured Dalek in the corner, but luckily he was deactivated!

In the next tent I did some proper time travel of my own – well Tech Time Travel anyway! There was a display of old computers and I played some retro games including Pong and Pac-Man. It is amazing how quickly computers have evolved – I can’t wait to see the different things they will do in a few year’s time!

After a short break to watch The Red Arrows I went back to the tent and made my own animation! First I designed some aeroplanes on paper then cut them out. Then with the help of BU VFX Team I put them on a background and used stop motion animation to animate my planes. I watched my piece of art and was really happy that it was good. I really enjoyed making an animation and would love to do that again at home. I could write and animate my own Doctor Who stories. I could even enter the Mission Dalek competition!

The Make It Digital Tour continues throughout the summer – you should definitely check it out and have a go for yourself! I didn’t do everything as I didn’t have time but there is lots more you can do including playing Uptown Funk on vegetables. You will have to go and find out what I mean!

Have you played any of the Doctor Who games online? Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Thank you for reading and see you soon for my next adventure through time and space.

Good day!

The Bournemouth Invasion, Dorset – February 2015

Throttled by Davros!
Throttled by Davros!

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

Welcome to Bournemouth University!

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

Me with Simon Fisher-Becker.

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

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

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

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

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

The Q&A after My Dalek Has a Puncture

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

This is a tough test!

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

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

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

The background will be coming shortly ...

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

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

Thanks for the autograph Terry Molloy!

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

I, Davros

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the Closing Ceremony.

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

Thank you BU Whovian Society!

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

Welcome to Earth Indigo 3 camel!

Charfest, Dorset – August 2014

K.B.O!Greetings!

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.

The first actor I met was Ian McNeice who is a famous actor who appears in the episode Victory of the Daleks (2010)  and also The Beast Below (2010), The Pandorica Opens (2010) and The Wedding of River Song (2011). He plays the Doctor’s old friend Winston Churchill who wants to use ‘Ironsides’ aka Daleks to win the Second World War! Did you know  Ian has also appeared in some Big Finish audio stories about the Doctor?

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.Two humble Chelsea fans.

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'm gonna steal the hat and umbrella! Robber!

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. Just chillin' with Blogtor Who and Andrew Skilleter

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.

Twelfth Doctor portaitIn 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!!!!!!!

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!