Convention Memories – ‘Acceptable In The 80s’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Here we are again with another ‘convention memories’ blog post for today! After enjoying ‘Regenerations 2011’ so much in September 2011, I was soon on my way for my fifth convention event. This was the ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ event held in Chiswick, London and run by Fantom Films.

The last time I attended a Fantom Films event was my first convention experience ‘Fifth Element’ back in February 2010. ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ was similar to what ‘Fifth Element’ was about. It was a signing event that had panel talks in between. So I knew what to expect when attending this event.

The event was held at the George IV Public House & Comedy Club on Sunday the 16th of October 2011. I wanted to give this type of event run by Fantom Films another chance. I wanted to see if I could enjoy an event like this better than the first one I attended in February 2010. Did I enjoy it though?

As a matter of fact, yes I did. I believe I was in a good mood on the day I attended ‘Acceptable In The 80s’. I knew what to expect from arriving in London Paddington to getting on the tube train to reach Turnham Green. I knew what the layout of the event was. So I came away a little happier afterwards.

‘Acceptable In The 80s’ had the theme of focusing on the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series in the 1980s. The event had guest stars who appeared in certain ‘Doctor Who’ stories transmitted on TV in the 1980s. The main guest star for me was of course Sarah Sutton who played Nyssa of Traken in ‘Doctor Who’.

Sarah Sutton was the only ‘Doctor Who’ companion to attend the event whilst the others were mostly guest stars in certain stories. I was surprised Fantom Films didn’t have more than one companion attending the event. But it didn’t matter as I was looking forward to seeing Sarah again.

Before I saw Sarah Sutton though, I met Sara Griffiths who played Ray in ‘Delta and the Bannermen’ with Sylvester McCoy. It was nice to see Sara for the first time and she was very lovely to chat to. Sara signed my CD cover for the Big Finish audio called ‘I.D.’ with Colin Baker, which I enjoyed her in.

I complimented Sara on the Welsh accent she provided for Ray in ‘Delta and the Bannermen’. She wasn’t convinced she did a good Welsh accent for the character she played, but she appreciated the compliment. I got to ask Sara a question during the panel talk she did with Sharon Duce who played Control in ‘Ghost Light’. I can’t recall what I asked Sara, but I’m pretty sure it was a good question. 😀

Eventually I saw Sarah Sutton being interviewed for a panel talk she did before doing some signings. I enjoyed the panel talk with Sarah and the anecdotes she shared about doing ‘Doctor Who’ in TV and audio. I asked Sarah if she would like to return to ‘Doctor Who’ for its 50th anniversary in the future. Sarah said “Yes” but she didn’t believe it was going to happen. How sadly true that was. 😦

During the signings, Sarah remembered my name as she said “Hello Tim!” to me. I was amazed she remembered my name. She said “I’ll never forget you, Tim” which was sweet of her to say. We chatted for a bit and then she signed my DVD covers for ‘The Keeper of Traken’, ‘Logopolis’ and ‘Castrovalva’. I was so pleased she did that for me. We then had a photo together via digital camera.

I also had two signed glamour photos of Sarah, including one of her on a ‘Black Orchid’ background. I was glad to get them. I asked Sarah “When are Big Finish going to do a story where Nyssa meets Jane Austen?” She was impressed and said “You should write it!” I told her I had. Now it’s on my blog called ‘The Austen Code’. 😀 I was happy Sarah suggested that I should write a story where Nyssa met Jane Austen. She also told me to ‘never give up’ on me writing ‘Doctor Who’ stories. 🙂

For the rest of the day, I saw a panel talk between Helen Blatch who played Fabian in ‘The Twin Dilemma’ as well as Barry Stanton who played Noma. I did ask a question to Helen Blatch about the role she played in ‘The Deadly Assassin’ since she was the voice in the Records Room on Gallifrey. 😀

I also met Paul Jerricho who played the Castellan in ‘Arc of Infinity’ and ‘The Five Doctors’. I had a nice chat with Paul and he signed a photo of himself as the Castellan from ‘The Five Doctors’ for me. I don’t recall saying ‘the mind probe’ to him but ‘mind probe’ certainly came into his panel talk. 😀 I did enjoy the panel talk with Paul Jerricho and him sharing his memories of working on ‘Doctor Who’.

To finish the day off, I enjoyed an interactive panel talk featuring two stars from ‘Dragonfire’. They included Edward Peel who played Kane and Stuart Organ who played Bazin. I got to take part in the panel talk by playing one of the characters in a scene from ‘Dragonfire’ using a script. I played a female character in that. Mel, I believe I was. I don’t think I did a very good female voice back then. 😀

So yes, I did enjoy ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ back in October 2011. It wasn’t as good as ‘Regenerations 2011’ back in September of that year, but I enjoyed this one more than the ‘Fifth Element’ one in 2010. I thought I would enjoy these little signing events by Fantom Films more if I attended another one again. Would that be the case though?

By the way, like with the ‘Fifth Element’ element, I’ve kept the souvenir programme for the ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ event after all these years. Check out the pages for the ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ souvenir programme to see what it’s like. Incidentally, Jeff Rawle was supposed to be attending the event but he couldn’t at the last minute. Sara Griffiths and Sharon Duce took his place in the end.

I was looking forward to seeing Sarah Sutton and other ‘Doctor Who’ guests at another convention. The next one would be held at the NEC in Birmingham within a month’s time. Stay tuned for my next ‘convention memories’ blog post, which will be on the ‘Fantom Films @ Memorabilia Birmingham’ event held in November 2011.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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