Convention Report – ‘Science of the Time Lords 2019’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Three years ago, I attended the ‘Science of the Time Lords’ two-day weekend event at the National Space Centre; Leicester in January 2016. This year, I returned to Leicester at the end of January to attend the annual ‘Science of the Time Lords’ event again. It was an exciting ‘Doctor Who’ weekend!

‘Science of the Time Lords 2019’ was the first ‘Doctor Who’ convention I attended this year. I haven’t been to a ‘Doctor Who’ convention for a long time. I saw some of my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stars in attendance that weekend. It was nice to see familiar faces in the celebrity stars as well as in the fans.

The event took place on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of January. It wasn’t the same as the first time when I attended ‘Science of the Time Lords’ in 2016 and the National Space Centre has changed quite a bit. But it was still exciting and I’m amazed that I got back into the convention thrills.

The first convention day (Saturday) was ‘a day for the Doctors’ with Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann in attendance. The second convention day (Sunday) was ‘a day for the companions’ with Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Katy Manning and Louise Jameson in attendance. Shobna Gulati who played Najia Khan, Yaz’s mum in Series 11 was also there on Sunday.

I personally prefer how the 2016 event was handled since it had one Doctor and one companion in Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred on the Saturday and another Doctor and one companion in Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton on the Sunday. This year’s event had a lot more guests with four on the Saturday and five on the Sunday. Thus I had quite a challenge to balance my time seeing the guests.

But that doesn’t mean to say the convention wasn’t bad. On the contrary, I fulfilled a lot of what I wanted to do on each day in seeing the guests I wanted to see and gaining some personal fulfilment as well. I wish though I handled things differently with balancing my meeting of many various guests.

Anyway, let’s talk about what I did on each of the two days.

Saturday 26th January 2019

Like I said, Saturday was ‘a day for the Doctors’. I was very pleased to see Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann in attendance, especially as I managed to have my CD cover of ‘The Four Doctors’ signed by all four actors who played the Doctors for that special audio adventure.

Before going in, I waited in the queue with the other fans. I took plenty of photos of Daleks that day whilst waiting as well as a photo of a Clockwork Droid from ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’. It was very nice to see many cosplayers as various Doctors, including ones dressed as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.

Inside the National Space Centre, the Sons of Skaro were in attendance. I took some photos of the Daleks in a row at the event; as well as displays of the Doctors’ costumes; K-9 himself; the TARDIS of course and a photo of Snoopy in a spacesuit. I had no idea Snoopy the dog went into outer space. 😀

I also took a photo of a display of monsters from the ‘Doctor Who’ series including a Sea Devil; a Draconian; a Vogan and a Sontaran. I also took photos of some Cybermen on display. The displays of these props and costumes from various eras of ‘Doctor Who’ are impressive and a delight to witness. There was even a cosplayer as an Ice Warrior during the event. He was tall! How impressive is that?!

It was nice to meet up with Peter Davison, who plays the Fifth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’, again. I wished everyone a “Happy New Year!” by the way. 😀 Peter told me he went to Iceland over the Christmas holidays with his family. Wow! We chatted about ‘Doctor Who’ as well as ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and I recorded a conversation between myself and Peter that day in the afternoon.

Here’s a YouTube video below for you to hear the conversation between Peter and me. Enjoy! 😀

I also enjoyed seeing Colin Baker, who plays the Sixth Doctor, again at the convention. I shared with Colin that I was currently watching ‘Blake’s 7’ and was looking forward to his episode in Series 3. I also chatted to him about his appearance in the web series ‘Star Trek Continues’. Colin as well as Sylvester also shared with me that they’re soon to be doing work on their ‘Doctor Who’ seasons on Blu-ray. So exciting!

It was great to see Sylvester McCoy, who plays the Seventh Doctor, at the event. Sylvester told me he went to Holland for Christmas last year and 2018 was a hectic year for him (but in a good way). I chatted to Sylvester about him starring in ‘Do You Have A Licence To Save This Planet?’ and we chatted about his spoon-playing too. Apparently Sylvester’s played the spoons in a Big Finish audio.

And it was amazing to see Paul McGann the Eighth Doctor at the event. Paul told me he was happy to be at the event, which is good. 😀 It was interesting to hear his thoughts about Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor and I shared with him how much I enjoyed his appearance in the Agatha Christie drama, ‘Sleeping Murder’, with Geraldine McEwan. He was very pleased he kept me entertained. 😀

I had photos with all the four Doctors both via my phone camera and during the professional photo shoots. I had a group photos with the Doctors at a newly designed TARDIS console that was literally built in 48 hours before the event. Yeah! Amazing! Don’t ask me what Paul McGann’s doing to me in the photo shoot between me and him. I assume he was mucking around and I was playing to him. 😀

At around 2:30pm, I attended the Q&A panel talk with Peter Davison; Colin Baker; Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. I enjoyed hearing them talking about ‘Doctor Who’ and their acting careers in general and their responses to the questions given to them by the audience. I asked the Doctors what they thought of doing their public appearances on shows like ‘Blue Peter’; ‘Swap Shop’, etc. It was pretty interesting to hear the various responses they had about doing those public appearances.

Sunday 27th January 2019

Sunday has to be the best day of the convention weekend for me. Of course, it was ‘a day for the companions’. It was less busier than ‘the day of the Doctors’ and of course my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ companion was there – Sarah Sutton! I was very pleased Sarah was happy to see me that day.

I took more photos of some of the ‘Doctor Who’ exhibits inside the National Space Centre, including a life-like waxwork of Tom Baker’s Doctor. I actually thought he was real then. 😀 I also took individual photos of the Draconian; the Sea Devil; the Vogan and the Sontaran at the event that day.

I took a photo of an ‘Earthshock’ Cyberman walking about that day as well as photos of more Daleks including individual ones for the Sons of Skaro pepperpots. I even had a conservation with one of the Daleks. He said he’d seen me having breakfast at the Premier Inn that day. I was a little scared then. 😀 By the way, the Emperor Dalek from the TV Century 21 comics was on display at the event! Wow!

I was so pleased to Sarah Sutton, who plays Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’, again at ‘Science of the Time Lords’. It’s like time never passed between us as friends as we had conversations that were fruitful and enjoyable to have and share. We chatted about ‘Grantchester’; Nyssa and ‘Doctor Who’ of course. I even recorded a conversation between myself and Sarah on that day via my mobile phone.

Here’s a YouTube video below for you to hear the conversation between Sarah and me. Enjoy! 😀 Oh by the way, Sarah signed the cover of ‘The Mistpuddle Murders’ for me. 😀

It was lovely to meet up with Janet Fielding, who plays Tegan, at the event. I’d like to think I’ve gained a friendly stance with Janet at the event. This was the first time she’d been to Leicester with ‘Science of the Time Lords’ apparently. Janet signed my DVD cover of ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ for me at the event and it was interesting to hear her thoughts on what she made of Tegan’s departure.

It was nice to see Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant, at the event. I didn’t get to chat with her very much as she was seeing so many people wanting to see her. But it was nice to see her when I did at the photo shoots and the autograph signing. I’m pleased she signed the DVD cover of ‘The Green Death’ for me, which of course happens to be one of her favourite TV tales from ‘Doctor Who’ itself.

I enjoyed seeing Louise Jameson, who plays Leela, at the event too. Louise signed the DVD cover of ‘The Face of Evil’ for me at the event. I enjoyed chatting to Louise about her theatre tour as Miss Marple in ‘A Murder Is Announced’ which I previously saw with Judy Cornwall in the role. We also talked about the movies I had seen at the cinema including ‘Stan & Ollie’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’.

And of course it was a thrill to meet Shobna Gulati, who plays Najia Khan, Yaz’s mum in the ‘Doctor Who’ series from Series 11. Shobna is the first star I’ve met from the Thirteenth Doctor era of ‘Doctor Who’ and she was lovely to meet. I’d seen ‘Arachnids In The UK’ the night before via BBC iPlayer and it was so nice chatting to her about her character and what she made of Jodie Whittaker.

Like with the Doctors, I had photos with all the five guests on that day via my phone camera and during the photo shoots. The photo shoots on the Sunday were the happiest I had at any convention as I went around a number of times having group photos first with the four companions; then with the five guests altogether and then with each of the five guests individually. It was really amazing. 😀

At around 2:30pm, I attended the Q&A panel talk with Sarah Sutton; Janet Fielding; Katy Manning; Louise Jameson and Shobna Gulati. Once again, I enjoyed hearing the five actresses talk about their acting careers and ‘Doctor Who’ in general. I asked the five guests what they thought of the Thirteenth Doctor TARDIS team set up and what they thought worked and didn’t work. Once again, it was very interesting to hear the various responses they gave about this ‘crowded TARDIS’ subject.

That Sunday, I reunited with one my ‘Bradley’s Basement’ fans – Tom Mitchell and his mum Bev – who I also saw at ‘The Capitol II’ and ‘MCM Birmingham Comic Con’ in 2017 and at the ‘Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con’ in 2018. It was nice to see Tom and his mum again. I had a mug from them with the initial ‘T’ on it. I wasn’t expecting that! It was very nice of them! They had the mug in bubble wrap like from ‘Kerblam!’ to keep it safe! Thankfully the bubble wrap didn’t explode. 😀

‘Science of the Time Lords 2019’ was a pretty different experience compared to the first time I attended the event in 2016. But it was still very exciting. I miss the panel talks being in one of the conference halls at the National Space Centre since they were taking place inside the planetarium for a change.

But I still enjoyed seeing the guests at the event including Peter Davison; Colin Baker; Sylvester McCoy; Paul McGann; Sarah Sutton; Janet Fielding; Katy Manning; Louise Jameson and Shobna Gulati. Sunday was the highlight of the weekend for me, especially with me seeing Sarah Sutton, my friend from the ‘Doctor Who’ series. I’m currently looking forward to the next time that I see Sarah again.

Next time I’ll be attending the ‘London Comic Con Spring’ and the ‘Film and Comic Con Cardiff’ in March this year!

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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