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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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An interview with Jon Davey from Doctor Who – June 2015

 

Jon Davey Doctor Symphonic Spectacular

Hello and welcome to another post – but this post is very special as I am interviewing Doctor Who Monster Actor Jon Davey!

Jon has been acting in Doctor Who for the last 10 years and has appeared in over 30 episodes (to date) ! He has played Daleks, Ood, Cybermen, Whispermen, Hath, Heavenly Host, Judoon and more. He has also appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Merlin. You may also recognise Jon’s face from Series 8 as he played a Droid in Deep Breath (my favourite New Who episode!) and a Unit Soldier who was killed by Missy in Death in Heaven! You might confuse Jon’s face with the actor Mark Strong’s as they look very similar. 🙂

I’ve met Jon three times, at the Fleet Air Arm Museum Dalek Invasion, the Timeless Collectors Fair and recently at the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Wembley. Also when I was at the Doctor Who World Tour in Cardiff he was playing one of the Daleks – I didn’t realise at the time that there were real people inside! If you get the chance to meet Jon at a Doctor Who convention make sure you say ‘Hi’ as he is really friendly and can tell you all about being a Monster Actor and about wearing the make-up and costumes!

Jon Davey
Jon Davey

Here is the interview of Jon Davey!

Hello Jon! What is the favourite monster you have played?

Probably the headless Cyberman from the Pandorica episode. It was amazing to see myself on screen with an arm and head brilliantly removed. 

What monster would you like to play?

I’ve always had a vivid memory of the Sea Devils emerging from the water. They were pretty scary as I remember so if they ever come back I would be honoured to play one. 

What is it like when you are in a costume and make-up?

Most of the costumes have slightly limited vision so rehearsing our moves with “heads off” is always essential. After that it is normally counting our steps to make sure we don’t collide with anyone or anything.

The costumes can get quite warm so doing as little as possible when we are not shooting will help generate superfluous heat.
Also inertia can be our enemy, standing still in a large costume can be harder than moving so when we are resting you will normally see the monster doing small stretching exercises to keep the body supple. A fun sight to be seen!

What monsters do you play in the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular?

This year I played the Judoon and Dalek, which was great fun, and got a few screams from the audience. 

Where have you been with the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular?

I have just been on the UK tour this year as well as Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Auckland on the Australia and New Zealand tour earlier this year.  Last year we went to Melbourne, Brisbane and Wellington on ANZ tour too, it has been amazing taking Doctor Who to the overseas fans. 

Do you have a favourite Doctor Who episode?

Probably Blink and Death in Heaven.  Great bit of story telling on both of these episodes.

Do you think you would be a good Doctor?

I would like to think so – hopefully if they are looking for Mark Strong to play the Doctor and he turns it down, I could step up to the role!

What do you do when you aren’t playing a monster?

I’m a still photographer and film maker. I spent 8 years filming mostly stop motion animated music videos for the likes of Radiohead, Scissor Sisters and Mcfly. This helped me with understanding timing and movement which helped with my monster work. 

Are you in Doctor Who Series 9?
The first rule of Doctor who Series 9 is you don’t talk about Doctor who series 9 😉 I can answer that question this autumn!

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

Probably the moment before the Big Bang to see what I was like before time existed.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this interview with Jon, I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Jon Davey for taking the time to answer my questions. I will be keeping an eye out in Series 9 for him just in case he is in it!

To learn more about Jon’s work, including acting, film and photography please follow him on Twitter @jondavey007 or take a look at his website jondavey.com where he says

“No job too complicated, no idea too imaginative!”

Thanks for reading and I will see you soon I hope!

Tom.

This is Jon Davey with the new Doc

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Wembley, London – May 2015

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular TARDIS

Welcome back and today I am reviewing the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular!

I was given tickets to the Symphonic Spectacular for Christmas (thank you Nanna!) and I have been looking forward to it ever since! The day finally arrived last Sunday and I was a bit nervous wondering what to expect but very excited! The show was nearly cancelled because an unexploded World War 2 bomb was discovered in Wembley – maybe it was the Daleks trying to get at their old enemy Winston Churchill!

Wembley arena

This was the first time I had taken my TARDIS to Wembley so I had a good explore and looked round the outside of Wembley Stadium and visited the Bobby Moore statue. The League One play-offs were being held that afternoon so lots of supporters were arriving too!

SSE Arena

Outside the SSE Arena I saw the Square of Fame where celebrities had put their handprints.  I saw Kylie Minogue’s handprints – Kylie played the waitress Astrid Peth in the Doctor Who Christmas Special  Voyage of the Damned (2007).

Kylie Minogue WEmbley Arena handprints

When I entered the building I saw A LOT of Doctor Who fans – people of all ages were there and many were dressed up. I saw fezzes, bowties, scarves and even a Stetson! I also saw lots of people wearing a TARDIS hoodie just like me! I bought an official tour programme as a souvenir of my special day and so I could learn more about the performance.

Doctor Who Zymphonic Spectacular programme

When I entered the arena I was surprised at how many people were there and I was pleased that my seat was close to the stage near where all the action was! When I was waiting for the music to start I met my old pal, monster actor Jon Davey, who has worked on Doctor Who for 10 years and has appeared in over 30 episodes (to date). Jon was recently seen guarding Missy in Death in Heaven but unfortunately it didn’t quite work – ha ha! It was great to be reunited with Jon again, I first met him at Fleet Air Arm Museum and again at the Timeless Collector’s Fair. Jon has recently been to Australia and New Zealand for the Symphonic Spectacular and is now on the UK Tour. He has been super busy and told us how the bomb scare had cost a lot of time and everyone had to work superhard so that the show could go on!
Jon Davey Doctor Symphonic Spectacular

When the music started I was amazed at how good it was – and how loud! It was the first orchestra performance I had been to. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it but the National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster, performed the music that Murray Gold has written for Doctor Who. Whilst they were playing monsters were coming out amongst the crowd and clips from Doctor Who were played on the big screen. I loved watching all the scenes from past episodes reminding me of all the Doctor’s incarnations.

The Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, presented the show and made a lot of jokes about his fellow Doctors. Then came a big surprise – he introduced the Secretary of his Fan Club to the crowd, PETER CAPALDI! The Twelfth Doctor himself was waving from the stands – he had come along on his day off to listen to the brilliant Doctor Whosic!

Peter Capaldi at the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

I cannot choose a favourite performance as they were all fantastic – the orchestra did a really good job! I wasn’t scared of the monsters. I used to be very nervous and scared when I met a Doctor Who monster but now I have met Jon I know everything is ok! Another monster actor was Nick Briggs, voice of the Daleks and Executive Producer of Big Finish.

Cyberman at the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

The show wrapped up as Ben Foster said he had to dash off and play a snooker match and I was very sad that the show had finished. As soon as we were out of our seats the crew started packing up ready to move the show on to Cardiff! I left via the nearest door and later found out that I had missed another golden opportunity to get Peter Capaldi’s autograph! Peter had stayed behind to meet the fans but I didn’t see him. GUTTED. One day I will get another chance!

On my way back to the TARDIS I did meet creature performer Paul Kasey. Paul is a choreographer and movement director too and has appeared in many episodes of Doctor Who. Fun fact – he is also ‘Foxy’ in the Foxybingo adverts! Paul was very cheerful and friendly and was really pleased when I told him I thought the show was AMAZING!
Paul Casey Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

I had a great time at the Symphonic Spectacular – I hope it will be on every year! Thanks for reading and I will see you soon for another location report. Did you go to the Symphonic Spectacular? Please leave a comment and tell me what you thought!

In the words of Winston Churchill – K.B.O!

Timeless Collectors Fair, Fareham, Hampshire – December 2014

Hello and welcome to Fareham for the Timeless Collectors Fair!

A row of Doctor Who stars behind me

This event was held to raise money for Starlight, a charity that brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children.

Welcome to Fareham Leisure Centre

There were many stars from Doctor Who, Star Wars and the James Bond films and lots of sci-fi things to see and do! First I explored the stalls and looked at the Doctor Who props and figures then I went to see the Celebrity Signers.

 

Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor was there but I didn’t get his autograph because I had met him quite recently in Totton. First I went to meet Doctor Who monster actor Jon Davey again, who I had met back in August at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. I told Jon off as he was one of the guards who let Missy get away in Death in Heaven (2014).  Jon said he couldn’t do anything about it because she killed him first. Excuses excuses! Jon is off to Australia and New Zealand very soon to perform as Doctor Who monsters for the second time in the Symphonic Spectacular.

I was trying to smile!
I was trying to smile!

Next I met Sarah Sutton who played Nyssa, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctor. She was a very polite lady and I was very excited to meet her. I asked her my three golden questions. First I asked her where she would like to go in time and space if she had the chance. She said that she would like to go back to the past rather than the future and would like to go to the 1920s. She had so much fun filming the episode Black Orchid (1982) which was set in the 1920s and loved wearing the costumes. Then I asked Sarah what her favourite episode was of the new Series 8. She couldn’t choose a favourite but she said that she thought it was a wonderful idea for the Doctor to be played by Peter Capaldi after Matt Smith as he is a much older actor and that changes the show. She said that all the Doctors are good in different ways. Finally I asked her her favourite Doctor Who filming location. She said that it was great fun running around Amsterdam to film Arc of Infinity (1983)! I chose a photograph from her first story TheKeeper of Traken (1981) for her to sign as that was such an action-packed episode.

Hello Sophie Aldred - Ace!

After Sarah I went to see Sophie Aldred who played Ace aka Dorothy the companion of my favourite Classic Doctor – Number Seven, Sylvester McCoy! Sophie was very pleased when I told her that her Doctor was my favourite! I had a good chat with Sophie and talked about my recent visit to Warmwell Quarry. I asked Sophie where she would like to travel to in time and space – she said that she would love to go back to when she was filming Doctor Who and do it all again! Next I asked her what her favourite episode of Series 8 was. She told me it was Mummy on the Orient Express (2014) and also that Blink (2007) is one of her favorite ever episodes of New Who, even though the Doctor isn’t in it much. When I asked her what her favourite filming location was she said Lulworth Cove during The Curse of Fenric (1989) as it was such a beautiful location. I have been to Lulworth Cove before and hope to go back again very soon to write a review. I chose a great picture of Sophie wearing Ace’s jacket to be autographed.

Hello Louise Jameson - Leela!

Then I met Louise Jameson who played Leela,  companion to the Fourth Doctor and she was very friendly. Leela was the from the Sevateem Tribe and a great adventuress but she didn’t understand other worlds much and didn’t really keep it secret that she was an alien!

I asked Louise my three questions. She said that if she could travel in time and space she would go back in time to meet her Great Great Grandma then forwards in time to meet her Great Great Granddaughter to look for any connections. Her favourite episode of Series 8 was Deep Breath (2014) because she thought Jenna Coleman’s performance was amazing. I asked Louise her favourite Doctor Who filming location and she said that she liked filming at Elstree Studios because of the history and she enjoyed exploring Victorian London for The Talons of Weng Chiang (1977) and the beautiful old theatre in the episode. She was a bit fed-up that the Doctor went to Paris not long after she finished!

Mr Sin from The Talons of Weng Chiang

After I met Louise I went on a Dalek ride! The Dalek was called Fred. It was a little bit tough to get in and a little bit tough to get out of Fred.

Series 8 Episode 2 - Into the Dalek!

It was my first time inside a Dalek and it was quite cramped in there! It was slightly dark inside but I could see out of the neck piece but no-one could tell it was me inside. I was pushed around the hall and got to exterminate the troopers from Star Wars!

Hello Terry Molloy - Davros! Aaargh!

Next I went off to meet Terry Malloy – he knows all about being inside a Dalek (well half of him!) because he played Davros, the member of the Kaled Scientific Elite who created the Daleks ( Dalek is an anagram of Kaled!). I didn’t speak to him for long as I am going to visit him again in February at the Bournemouth Invasion but luckily he wasn’t scary like Davros!

Again my smile - I just can't smile!!
Again my smile – I just can’t smile!!

Finally I met Nicholas Briggs – voice of the Daleks since 2005! Nicholas also voices other characters for Doctor Who and Big Finish. I was a bit nervous but Nicholas told me that Jon Pertwee came to Southampton in Bessie when Nicholas was about my age and he was so shy that his Mum had to get Jon’s autograph for him!

I asked Nicholas my three questions. If he could travel anywhere in time and space he would choose to visit his Dad who sadly died 10 years ago. Like Sophie, Nicholas’ favourite episode of Series 8 was Mummy on the Orient Express. He had two answers for his favourite filming location.  He enjoyed being on location for Smith and Jones (2007) as it was warm and sunny and he got to sit out in the sunshine and he found filming on location for Victory of the Daleks (2010)  the most interesting.

I had a great day in Fareham and can’t believe I met all those people in one day! I hope there is another day like this next year and that you have enjoyed reading all about it.

See you soon for another location report.

Goodbye!

Fleet Air Arm Museum’s Dalek Invasion, Somerset-August 2014

So happy to be meeting a Doctor Who companion!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!).

And here is the museum for y'all!

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.

Nice to meet you, Nev.

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.

Ello Jon Davey!

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.

Roger, over and out!

 

Big Finish Audio Adventure Review – The Curious Incident of the Doctor in the Night-Time by Nev Fountain. (From Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories)

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.