Convention Report – ‘Carlisle Comic Con 2018’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

What is it about snow? Every time you try to prepare an exciting weekend, snow becomes a problem when it gets in the way. It can cause disruption to your journey when you want to get somewhere. Well thankfully that didn’t stop me, as I had a fantastic weekend at the ‘Carlisle Comic Con’ this year.

This was my first convention for 2018 and I got to see my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stars, Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. I managed to arrive safely a day before the event to avoid the snow. Though getting back home was an issue. But nevertheless, I’m glad I saw Peter and Sarah in Carlisle.

This was a one-day event on Saturday the 17th of March. It was held at the Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle. I’ve never been to Carlisle before and I know it was a pretty long trek for me to get there by train. But I enjoy the adventure when going to conventions, as I am sure many fans do.

So how did the day start? Well, with snowy showers of course. Thankfully I arrived at the venue in plenty of time, even though it was bitterly cold. I took a photo of two cars on display including Lightning McQueen from ‘Cars’ and the Delorean from ‘Back to the Future’ out in the snow showers.

I took some photos of the venue interior where the guest signings and the merchandise stalls were taking place. I stayed inside all day to get out of the cold. I liked the venue and I enjoyed the comic con, although I did feel there wasn’t enough space as it was all confined to downstairs than upstairs.

I then saw Sarah Sutton, who was amazed I turned up to Carlisle all the way from Cardiff. I had to tell her it was a choice between Carlisle and Baltimore. Somehow Carlisle won. 😀 I was pleased to see Sarah that day and she was pleased to see me. But Sarah wasn’t feeling one hundred per cent that day.

Sarah told me she wasn’t feeling well after I had a photo with her on my Samsung phone camera. But she seemed happy and chatty enough that day and I’m glad I had my ‘Doctor Who – Terminus’ novelization signed by Sarah Sutton. I’m also so pleased that I had some photos taken of me and her.

By the way, I took the opportunity to use the camera on my Samsung phone that weekend. I didn’t use the digital camera at all, which is astonishing. Sarah said the photo of me and her on my phone was her favourite. 😀 I showed Sarah my photos of the snow in Cardiff two weeks ago on my phone.

It was great to see Peter Davison at the event too. I told Peter that my parents and I were currently watching the sitcom series ‘Sink or Swim’ on DVD, which he was in. He was very pleased to hear it. Peter did inform me that the documentary series ‘Vintage Roads’ would be out in March/April time.

I enjoyed chatting to Peter about the upcoming Chris Chibnall era of ‘Doctor Who’ with Jodie Whittaker. We chatted about Georgia Tennant and her new Big Finish series ‘Jenny’. I also purchased Peter Davison’s autobiography, ‘Is There Life Outside The Box? An Actor Despairs’, from that event.

There was a ‘Doctor Who’ panel talk with Peter Davison, Spencer Wilding and Jimmy Vee at the event. Sadly Sarah didn’t turn up as she was resting away due to her illness. Thankfully she was still around that afternoon for the photo shoots. I took some photos of the panel talk with Peter there.

I got to ask Peter a question at the panel talk which was about ‘whether he’d like his ‘Doctor Who’ stories on Blu-ray’. He seemed open to the idea but wasn’t sure how it would work. Unknown to me, there was someone taking a photo of the audience in the panel talk. Can you see me in that photo?

I later saw Peter and Sarah for some photo shoot sessions which I enjoyed. I also showed Sarah one of the ‘Doctor Who: Complete History’ books to which was she interested in, including ‘The Keeper of Traken’ and ‘Logopolis’. We enjoyed going through the book and seeing the impressive detail in it.

I got to share with Peter how much I enjoyed ‘Button Moon’ as a kid, even though it was cheap-looking. I told Peter how I found the theme music a masterpiece and wondered who wrote it. Peter played along, as he seemed to wonder it too. We laughed as I knew he co-wrote the theme music. 😀

I also showed Peter and Sarah what they looked like in the latest ‘Dr. Fifth’ book from the ‘Doctor Who’/’Mr. Men’ book series. They were impressed by what they saw in the book and how their characters appeared. I congratulated Peter and Sarah for being Mr. Men/Little Misses characters. 😀

By the way, I took a photo of C-3PO and BB-8 from the ‘Star Wars’ movies at the event. I also purchased two Target novelizations of two ‘Doctor Who’ stories featuring the First Doctor. They include ‘The Romans’ and ‘The Chase’. I can’t wait to read those books. When can I find the time? 😀

The ‘Carlisle Comic Con’ was nice weekend for me. I enjoyed seeing Sarah Sutton and Peter Davison there. I came away happy from the event. I was anxious about Sarah being ill, but I’m glad I achieved what I wanted to say to her at the event. I also found Sarah kind and friendly to me as well as Peter.

I’m lucky to have made friends with Sarah Sutton at conventions as well as getting to know Peter Davison. I’m looking forward to seeing Sarah and Peter again at the next convention, which is the ‘Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con’ in May this year. That will be my birthday treat! I can’t wait! 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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