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I had a fantastic time last weekend at the ‘Film & Comic Con Glasgow 2019’ at the Braehead Arena. This was a two-day event from Saturday the 17th to Sunday the 18th of August. I saw my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stars at the comic con – Sarah Sutton (who played Nyssa with Peter Davison), Sophie Aldred (who played Ace with Sylvester McCoy) and Katy Manning (who played Jo with Jon Pertwee).
This wasn’t the first time I went to this comic con event. The first time I attended it was back in 2012 where it was originally named ‘Collectormania Glasgow’. But on that occasion, I went only on the Saturday and it was before me and my parents went for a summer holiday in the Scottish Highlands.
This time however, I went on my own and did the full two days. It was pretty exciting to do it on my own, though I did miss my parents this time round. I arrived on the Thursday and spent a day on the Friday to settle in, watching ‘Toy Story 4’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ at the local Odeon cinema.
Doing the ‘Film & Comic Con Glasgow 2019’ was worthwhile. It was my little summer holiday for this year. I managed to achieve everything I wanted to do in seeing the stars I wanted to see; have photo shoots with those stars; see some panel talks and achieve other items I wanted to do that weekend.
The event was pretty busy for the two days but the crowd control wasn’t bad as for an event say like the ‘London Film and Comic Cons’ I’ve attended. In actual fact, I rate Showmasters highly for providing enjoyable; flexible and fulfilling events for anyone who goes to attend these events over the years.
Saturday 17th August 2019
Saturday was the main day for me. Sarah Sutton, my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ companion was there. It was lovely to see Sarah again and she was very happy to see me. I enjoyed the chats we had as well as the photos I had with Sarah. Sadly, Sarah didn’t get her own panel talk. I feel that’s a bit a shame.
But the loss of a panel talk meant more opportunities to see Sarah at her signing desk. We also recorded a sketch together for my blog’s 4th anniversary (just to tease you 😀 ). I’m very pleased Sarah signed my CD cover of ‘The Moon Stallion’ audiobook at last at the comic con on the Saturday.
I enjoyed chatting to Sarah about ‘The Moon Stallion’ audiobook as I found her very good in that. She was very pleased I enjoyed her reading of ‘The Moon Stallion’ novelization in audiobook form. I also gave Sarah an updated version of Nyssa’s timeline that day. She was very pleased with that too.
Cuddles also came along for the ride. He got to have a photo with Sarah. That pesky dog!
Cuddles: “Yay! I got to see Sarah Sutton again at last!”
I also got to see two stars from the BBC sitcom series ‘Allo ‘Allo’. They were Richard Gibson as Herr Flick and Kim Hartman as Helga. And they were dressed up in the costumes they wore as Herr Flick and Helga from the TV series. I was so amazed to see them dressed up like that throughout the day.
Not many celebrities I meet at comic cons dress up as their characters. But Richard Gibson and Kim Hartman did as they’re very proud of their characters in ‘Allo ‘Allo’. It was lovely to meet them during a signing session as well as have a photo with them. I also got to see their superb panel talk.
That routine they did where Helga tells a “Knock knock; Who’s there?” joke to Herr Flick was brilliant to watch and hear during the panel talk. Sarah Sutton loves ‘Allo ‘Allo’. It was lovely to chat to her about the TV comedy series (having seen it myself) as well chat about Richard Gibson and Kim Hartman.
I also met Ryan Gage who played Alfrid in ‘The Hobbit’ movies. It was nice to meet him and he’s very unlike the character he played in ‘The Hobbit’ films. It was nice to chat to him about his experiences of working with Stephen Fry and in the movies themselves. I also had a signed photo of him as Alfrid.
There were quite a number of cosplayers at the event. I took some photos of them. Someone dressed as the Nostalgia Critic was there. Wow! I wasn’t expecting to see the Nostalgia Critic at the Glasgow comic con. 😀 I said “Hello Nostalgia Critic!” He said “I remember it, so you don’t have to.” 🙂
There were other cosplayers like Batman of course. There was also…Deadpool at the comic con?! Wow! Deadpool gets around places, doesn’t he?
(to Deadpool) I mean, seriously, Deadpool! What were you doing at the Glasgow comic con?
Deadpool: “I’ve become the ultimate Timmy Bradley stalker fan! Those epic reviews; those amazing timelines. They make my innards tingle! So from now on, everywhere you go, I’ll be there watching you. Being your protector against the forces of evil like…that grumpy git Timelord007. And sharing some inner Deadpool loving!”
Deadpool blows a kiss to Tim.
(shudders; to audience) I’m just…going to ignore him and carry on with this convention report.
Other cosplayers at the event include two guys dressed up as Power Rangers – one was the Red Alien Ranger and the other was the Red Dino Thunder Ranger. There was also Captain America; Spider-Man in the ‘Infinity War’ suit and Darth Vader from ‘Star Wars’. I even spoke to Darth Vader.
Darth Vader: “Yes! Even I attended this event! I made sure everyone loved the ‘Star Wars’ movies with me in them.”
I asked Lord Vader if I can take a photo of him and he was like “Of course you can.” I couldn’t help be a little intimidated. 😀 I chatted to Sarah Sutton about meeting Darth Vader. She asked me if I’d seen Chewbacca to which I said “Yes I did”. We agreed! He was huge! 😀 I should’ve taken a photo of Chewie. 😦
By the way, would you believe this? Outside the Handmade Burger Co., one of the restaurants in the Braehead arena, they had balloons of Batman and Spider-Man on display! Wow! I had to take photos of those! I’m not certain if it was the Handmade Burger Co. or Showmasters who put them up.
Sunday 18th August 2019
Sunday was a relatively quieter day compared to Saturday. But it was still enjoyable and I got to see Sophie Aldred at the event. It was lovely to see Sophie again after so long. I of course thanked her for mentioning my name in the CD extras of the ‘Doctor Who’ Big Finish audio story ‘A Life of Crime’.
Sophie signed my CD cover of ‘A Life of Crime’ which I’m very happy about. As well as having chats with Sophie, I also had photos with her. I also gave Sophie an updated version of Ace’s timeline and we both recorded a sketch we did together for my blog’s 4th anniversary (that’s another teaser 😀 ).
My best mate Stephen wanted me to pass on a message to Sophie as he enjoyed her as Ace in ‘Doctor Who’ and enjoyed seeing her in an episode of ‘The Stranger’ series by BBV called ‘More Than a Messiah’. I told her how much I enjoyed her in that too. I’m pleased I gave Stephen’s message to Sophie.
It was also great to see Katy Manning again at the event. She’s still lively and energetic as she was back in the TV series as Jo Grant. Her queue was quite long but I managed to see Katy and have a nice chat with her. I had my Season 10 Blu-ray booklet signed by Katy. I also had a photo with Katy and a photo with Katy and John Levene (who played Sgt. Benton in the TV series with Jon Pertwee).
I got to see Geoffrey Beevers at the comic con too. It was great to meet Geoffrey. He turned out to be a nice chap compared to how he played the evil Master in the TV series and Big Finish audios. I was happy to have a photo with Geoffrey and he signed my DVD cover of ‘The Keeper of Traken’.
I greatly enjoyed the ‘Doctor Who’ panel talk featuring Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning and Geoffrey Beevers on the day. It was interesting to hear the three sharing their experiences of working as actors in theatre, TV and audio. I’m pleased I got to ask my question to Sophie during the panel talk.
The ‘Film & Comic Con Glasgow’ was a very successful weekend for me. Saturday was the highlight day for me as it was great to see Sarah Sutton again. Sunday was also very good for me too as I reunited with Sophie Aldred as well as Katy Manning and met Geoffrey Beevers for the first time.
I’m glad everything went according to plan in terms of the schedules for the two days; the photo shoots; having items signed and most of all seeing my favourite stars from ‘Doctor Who’ as well as from other TV shows and films. I’m sad the weekend came and is now gone. I look forward to the next event.
I’m currently hoping there’ll be another comic con event featuring Sarah Sutton and Sophie Aldred as guests soon. I’m also looking forward to getting onto preparing the 4th anniversary celebrations of my blog at the end of September. What are they, you may ask? Well, wait and see! 😀
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!