Convention Memories – ‘Stars of Time 2012’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Sadly, I haven’t been to attend any conventions in the UK this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and with most of the world being put in lockdown – please keep safe. I hope I will attend another convention soon in the future as I would like to see people like Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton again.

In the meantime, here am I sharing another ‘convention memories’ blog post on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ for you to enjoy! Today, I’m sharing my memories of attending the ‘Stars of Time’ event in Weston-super-Mare on Sunday the 29th of July 2012. It was the first time I attended ‘Stars of Time’. 🙂

This was held at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare. Looking back, my first experience of ‘Stars of Time’ in WSM wasn’t the greatest. But then, I was quite inexperienced attending this event and didn’t know I would enjoy going to attend conventions in Weston-super-Mare in years to come.

Let me share with you the happy times I attended this event. I recall there being plenty of helicopters at the Helicopter Museum as well as many sci-fi stuff such as cosplayers; merchandise stalls and guests to see. I was very happy to see Sarah Sutton (Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’), Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’) and Frazer Hines (Jamie in ‘Doctor Who’) attend this one-day event.

At the Helicopter Museum, there was a Superman model display which was pretty amazing. There were Daleks on display as well as a Dalek show called ‘Exterminate: An Audience With Daleks’, hosted by the Tenth Doctor himself. Yes, there were lookalikes of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor attending the event, which I had photos with. Fantastic! I also had a signed photo of the Eleventh Doctor lookalike from the event. It was really nice to have!

The TARDIS was even at the event! And K-9! Dalek Sec was even standing at one of the helicopters in the museum! 😀 During the Dalek show, people got to ask questions to the Daleks with the Tenth Doctor moderating. It was pretty tense when the Daleks were almost about to exterminate that day! 😀

There were even some dancing Daleks to see at the event. 😀 I got to watch a cosplay show happening at the event, which included people dressing up as the Second Doctor, the Fifth Doctor, the Sixth Doctor, Peri and more. I’m not one for cosplaying, but it was cool to see people dressed up!

As well as taking photos of Daleks, I also took a photo of a Cyberman. This was the new series Cybermen from ‘Rise of the Cybermen’/’The Age of Steel’. They’re my favourites! They look even terrifying when in close-up! 🙂 I recall ‘Star Wars’ cosplayers like Stormtroopers and Darth Vader too.

It was lovely to see Sarah Sutton, my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ companion again in WSM. This was the first time I’d seen Sarah that year in 2012 and I got to have my ‘Moon Stallion’ DVD cover signed by me. She was pleased and even showed the DVD cover to Colin Baker and Frazer Hines at her table. 🙂 Sarah also signed my copy of ‘Doctor Who Magazine #110’ and one of her glamour photos that day.

I enjoyed the chats I had with Sarah that day. We shared memories of previous conventions I’d seen her at such as Swansea and Birmingham back in 2011. We did get interrupted by a Dalek squirting water at us and Sarah was like “Go away!” to it. 😀 I also got to tell Sarah a joke that day. She liked it! 😀

It was great to see Colin Baker that day. Colin signed my CD cover for ‘100’ which had already been signed by writer Robert Shearman and director Nicholas Briggs. Colin also signed ‘The Two Doctors’ DVD for me, which I’d seen the week before and I told him how much I loved that ‘Doctor Who’ story. I also purchased one of Colin Baker’s books called ‘Look Who’s Talking’, which I must read sometime.

It was equally great to see Frazer Hines that day too. As well as signing ‘The Two Doctors’ DVD cover for me, Frazer signed my CD cover of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ TV soundtrack on audio CD. Frazer also signed a copy of his autobiography ‘Hines Sight’ which I purchased that day. I even had a photo with Frazer holding the book between us. Like ‘Look Who’s Talking’, I must read ‘Hines Sight’ someday. 😀

‘Stars of Time’ was a relatively successful day for me. I wish I organised my time better with seeing the guests more during the day as I wasn’t sure how the structure of the day was meant to work. But it was still pretty enjoyable. I’m glad I got to see Sarah Sutton, Colin Baker and Frazer Hines attending the event.

The next convention I attended was the ‘Collectormania Glasgow 2012’ event in August 2012, which you can check out by clicking the above link.

Stay tuned for my next ‘convention memories’ blog post, which will be on the ‘Big Blue Box 2’ event in Tunbridge Wells, March 2013.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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