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The Doctor Who Festival, London Excel – November 2015

Tom Project Indigo at The Doctor Who Festival
Beware the flying TARDIS

‘Ello me Old Chinas and welcome to East London for The Doctor Who Festival at London ExCel! I was really excited to be going to an official Doctor Who Festival and was honoured to be given a Press Pass to report on the event for my Project Indigo readers.

The Doctor Who Festival ran from the 13th-15th November 2015. I went to the festival on Saturday and spent the night before in Greenwich as the festival opened its doors to the public bright and early and I didn’t want to miss a thing. I travelled to the Excel via Docklands Light Railway and got off at Custom House station. The Excel lives up to its name as it is XL! It is so big that there are 2 DLR stations either side.

Tom's Press Pass for the Doctor Who Festival
Look at this!

As soon as I collected my Press Pass from the Boulevard I went up to the Press Lounge on Level 3 to introduce myself and say thank you to BBC Worldwide. I was really happy to meet Cath who arranged for me to have my pass. It was a spacious room with free refreshments, and new merchandise on display. I was also able to take home boxsets of Doctor Who Series 9 Part 1 and The Ten Christmas Specials in exchange for a donation to Children in Need.

Entrance to the Doctor Who Festival, London Excel
Welcome to the Doctor Who Festival

The Festival goers were divided into Daleks and Cybermen. I was part of the Dalek stream which meant that I went to the Main Theatre shows with the writers and cast in the morning.

First I went to the Drama School for the ‘Act Like a Monster’ show with voice of the Daleks Nick Briggs and Dalek actor Barnaby Edwards. They needed three victims volunteers to perform in a show about ‘Davros’ Diabolical Daleks’, playing a Dalek and UNIT soldiers. Barnaby said that there has been no change in how to operate a Dalek in 52 years. A Tenth Doctor Cosplayer called Ash played the Dalek – that’s the only time there’s ever been a Doctor inside a Dalek apart from Into the Dalek (2014)! Ash said that it was hot and claustrophobic inside a Dalek. The Dalek came apart like a wedding cake and I got a good look inside.

The show was a laugh and good fun to watch. Afterwards there was a Q&A and someone asked what other Doctor Who characters they would like to play. Barnaby said The Brigadier and Nick said The Doctor! I got to meet the Dalek himself, Barnaby Edwards, which I was really pleased about.

Tom Project Indigo meets Barnaby Edwards at The Doctor Who Festival
Meeting a Dalek, Barnaby Edwards!

After the show I had to rush off to the Main Hall to Meet the Writers! I was really looking forward to this part as I am considering being a writer myself. I already have lots of ideas for Doctor Who stories and I would love to develop the scripts and see them on the TV screen one day. On the way in everyone was given a script from The Magician’s Apprentice (2015).

Meet the Writers at The Doctor Who Festival. Steven Moffat, Sarah Dollard and Peter Harness
The Writers catch up on the Doctor Who banter

The writers on Saturday were Steven Moffat, (Steven says his title is not Showrunner as the Press call him, but Head Writer) Sarah Dollard and Peter Harness. There was a Q&A and they offered advice for other writers. Steven says he cries a lot and thinks he can’t finish a story – and his wife once filmed him to remind him he thinks that all the time! Someone asked how to cure ‘writer’s block’ and Steven said there’s no such thing, it just means you are stuck! Steven needs a Swear Jar because he has a potty mouth – Ha Ha.

Sarah said that when she learnt about ‘Trap Streets’ she knew she had to write a story about them and Face The Raven (2015) became an ideal story for Doctor Who. The writers talked about a ‘terrible event’ that she had to write into the story – we know what that is now. Poor Clara, and poor Sarah for having to write it!

Peter wrote The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion (2015). I really enjoyed those stories and would be really happy if he writes more about the Zygon stories in the future.

Peter Capaldi at The Doctor Who Festival
The Doctor will see you now!

After the trio went off the stage there was a short break then time to Meet the Cast! Out came Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver along with Steven again. There was a big eruption in the room because everyone was so excited to see them. It was a definitely a day out for the Peter Capaldi Fan Club!

Peter bowed to Jenna as she is currently playing Queen Victoria. I wonder if she will set up Torchwood in the story?

We watched some clips and looked at some pictures, then the cast answered some questions. Steven was amazed that there was a petition to bring back the Sonic Screwdriver. I quite like the sunglasses, I think the Doctor should stay with them. I think sunglasses are cooler than screwdrivers.

Someone asked Steven if he would set a story in Ireland. Steven said that Wales can look just like Ireland and if they went abroad to film it would have to be as different to Wales as possible to be worth the money to film there. That makes it easier for me to visit Doctor Who locations!

The cast were asked what monsters they would like to bring back? Peter said the Zarbi and the Menoptera and Steven said the Sea Devils.

Later they were asked what companion they would like to bring back. Peter and Steven said ‘Clara!’ at exactly the same time. They made Jenna feel guilty for dumping them!

Meet the Cast was a great opportunity for everyone to ask questions about Doctor Who and daily life on set, the team really know how to look after their fans.

After a quick lunch (veggie sausage roll) I went to Stage One to a talk about the game Lego Dimensions. Mark Warburton from TT Games was there to tell us about bringing the Doctor Who characters into the Lego Dimensions world and answer questions from the audience. Stephen Moffat helped create the Doctor character so that he was just right.

Mark said everyone felt it ‘was about time the Doctor had his time in the sun!’ He also said that as Whovians they put Missy in the game when her identity was a secret, so that they could find out who she was!

Whilst I was at the Lego talk I met my friend George aka Mini Matt Smith! I have been friends with George online for yonks but it was finally time to meet in person. As Mini Matt Smith he is a Youtuber with lots of fans and he has interviewed many Doctor Who stars including Peter Capaldi onstage at the Series 9 Premiere! George invited me to visit him in his TARDIS which I hope to do. Sadly we live 200 miles apart but I will definitely take him up on the offer one day! It was really nice to meet George and his family.

Tom Project Indigo meets Mini Matt Smith
Guess who this is? That’s right, Mini Matt Smith!

After the talk and hearing about the features of Lego Dimensions I was convinced I wanted to play it so the Press Lounge was my first stop. The graphics were amazing, like everything else about the game, and I really liked the way they made the Daleks out of Lego. I played as the Twelfth Doctor and also saw K-9 and Batman. The chemistry is still forming between the Doctor and Batman, but they will make it!

I played for as long as I could until I had to let someone else have a turn. I hope Father Christmas brings me the game because I CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After I left the lounge I went back to Level 1 and explored an Iconic Room Set. This was Davros’ Sick Room from the Series 9 two-parter opener The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar (2015). It really felt like you were in the episode and Davros looked real, but I was brave. It was a bit smaller than I expected and I wondered how they fit the cameras onto the set. The props looked so hard to make so Millennium FX must be very good at their job.

Next I went to the MFX area to see them at work. There I met my mate Jon Davey! Jon is a Doctor Who monster actor who has been in over 30 episodes and I’ve met him a few times now. I always like to try and spot Jon when I watch a new episode. Recently he had a staring competition with Doctor John Disco in The Zygon Inversion (2015). In Series 9 he also played The Mire and I got to try on the costume! It was dark inside and my eyes couldn’t reach the visor so I couldn’t see a thing. It was really fun and I’d love to make a Mire costume at home for a Cosplay, I think I would need some help from the guys at MFX though. Check out this video of all of Jon’s performances in one go – it’s awesome!

The last talk of the day was the Millennium FX Show with Special Guest Mark Gatiss. Mark is a writer and actor, he has appeared as both Professor Lazarus and Gantok in Doctor Who and written 8 episodes. Fact fans – 38% of Project Indigo readers chose Mark Gatiss’ episode Robot of Sherwood (2014) as their favourite episode of Series 8!

In the show Mark and the MFX Team talked about how they create the monsters and take them from script to screen. Mark came up with an idea for a parasite that feeds off of parts of the brain that we don’t use and two designers created their own versions on the stage.

Mr Sweet from The Crimson Horror (2013) made a guest appearance and Mark explained how he worked. Mr Sweet was much more cheerful in real life and seemed really cute.

Next they brought out The Mire, and Mark Gatiss threatened to show the ugly creature inside. He took of The Mire’s head and underneath was …. Jon Davey! A volunteer came onstage and Jon taught him how to move like an Ice Warrior. Jon has been in many episodes so has lots of experience.

All of the sudden the lights turned out and a Spoiler Alert came out from behind the sofa! It was a Sandman from Sleep No More (2015), Mark’s latest episode that was airing that day.

The final thing I did before I left was play The Doctor and the Dalek. I played a custom level that had been created by another guest and had to shoot Daleks. I was having a great time playing but sadly it was time to go.

Playing the Doctor and the Dalek at the Doctor Who Festival
Playing the Doctor and the Dalek

I was really sad to leave but I hope they do another Festival one day. The Doctor Who team have really made their fans happy. On the way out I met a man who had his photo taken with Michelle Gomez and he was so chuffed that it made me so happy to see how happy he was. This event was something that Whovians will remember for their whole life and I was ecstatic to be part of it!

See you again for my next adventure – a Classic Doctor Who location next time. Rattle n hum back soon! Laters!

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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.  😦 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!

Doctor Who World Tour, Cardiff – 07 August 2014

Stop staring at me!Hello readers,

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. No, don't...!

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.Jenna Coleman in the flesh

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. Stevie Moffat signing his autograph for meFinally 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. 'Ello Blogtor Who!

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!Just before the episode

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.And there's Danny!

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.

Until next time, cheerio!