Convention Memories – ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

It’s time to share some more ‘convention memories’ as we continue the journey I had in celebrating 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2013. It was a very exciting year for me as a ‘Doctor Who’ fan. The conventions aided in making the 50th anniversary celebrations worthwhile as there were lots to enjoy!

After attending ‘Big Blue Box 2’ in March 2013, I next attended ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ event at the George IV Public House & Comedy Club in Chiswick, London, run by Fantom Films. This was on Sunday the 14th of April 2013. There were quite a number of ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary celebration events run by Fantom Films in 2013. I didn’t get to attend all of the events.

As well as celebrating Peter Davison’s era, Fantom Films also celebrated William Hartnell’s, Patrick Troughton’s, Jon Pertwee’s, Tom Baker’s, Colin Baker’s, Sylvester McCoy’s and Paul McGann’s. I did attend past Fantom Films events such as ‘Fifth Element’ in 2010 and ‘Acceptable In The 80s’ in 2011.

‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ had ‘Doctor Who’ stars like Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse, Terry Molloy, Adrian Mills, Jeff Stewart, Colette O’Neil, John Carson, Brian Miller, Tom Adams, Michael Cochrane and composer Roger Limb. I had an incredible time meeting these stars! 🙂

The event started with a ‘Kinda’ panel talk featuring Jeff Stewart who played Dukkha and Adrian Mills who played Aris. They were interviewed by Ian Kubiak, who currently runs Cygnus Alpha Events. I later met Adrian during a signing session where he signed a photo of himself as Aris for me.

I later met some of the ‘Doctor Who’ stars from ‘Snakedance’ including John Carson who played Ambril; Collete O’Neil who played Tanha; and Brian Miller, Elisabeth Sladen’s husband, who played Dugdale. I had some nice chats with John, Collete and Brain during the signings. I had a photo of Ambril and Tanha signed by John and Collete and I had my DVD cover of ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ signed by Brain (since he did Dalek voices in that). I later saw the trio for a panel talk at the event. 😀

Afterwards, I saw a panel talk featuring Tom Adams who played Vorshak in ‘Warriors of the Deep’ and Michael Cochrane who played Lord Cranleigh in ‘Black Orchid’. After that, I saw Michael Cochrane for a signing session. I had a really nice time chatting to Michael about his role in ‘Black Orchid’ and his other acting roles such as the ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ 1993 Christmas Special. I had my CD cover of the ‘Black Orchid’ audiobook signed by Michael. 🙂 Sarah Sutton also signed the ‘Black Orchid’ audiobook CD cover for me that day. Speaking of which…

The highlight star to meet at ‘celebrate 50’ was of course Sarah Sutton who plays Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’. Sarah had been poorly a couple of weeks ago over Easter beforehand, but she seemed quite happy to see me. 😀 She signed my CD covers for ‘1001 Nights’ (which I had listened to recently) and ‘The Emerald Tiger’. She also signed a glamour photo of herself with the Melkur from ‘The Keeper of Traken’ on it. I sent Collete O’Neil’s regards to Sarah that day, which she was really pleased about. 😀

I later saw Sarah with Matthew Waterhouse and Terry Molloy for a convention panel. I enjoyed the panel talk with Sarah, Matthew and Terry. I did ask Sarah if she had any actors or celebrities that inspired her to become an actress when she was growing up. She said no, but did talk about meeting with people at BBC Television Centre whom she enjoyed working with and admired. She reflected on her time working at TV Centre as that closed recently. Sarah felt quite sad about that. 😦

I saw a panel talk featuring composer Roger Limb, which I enjoyed. Roger signed my DVD covers of ‘The Caves of Androzani’ and ‘Revelation of the Daleks’ for me that day. I later saw Matthew Waterhouse who plays Adric in ‘Doctor Who’ and he signed a photo I had with him at the ‘Regenerations 2011’ convention in Swansea. I also saw Terry Molloy who plays Davros in ‘Doctor Who’ that day and he signed my DVD covers of ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ and ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’. I had some lovely chats with Roger, Matthew and Terry when I met them for signings during that pretty exciting day. 🙂

‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ was a pretty exciting event to attend in April 2013. I reflect how I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie shared between me and Sarah at conventions. As the years have gone by, I recall how I was getting to know Sarah as a person and how we became good friends. I look forward to seeing Sarah again at conventions as I enjoy having those chats we have. 🙂

As I write these ‘convention memories’, I look forward to attending another convention soon. It’s been a long while since I’ve attended a convention. I look forward to seeing ‘Doctor Who’ stars like Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton and share what I’ve recently enjoyed about them in terms of their work. I also hope to catch up with them with ‘small talk’ since I enjoy that very much at conventions.

Incidentally, like with ‘Fifth Element’ and ‘Acceptable in the 80s’, I’ve kept the souvenir programme for ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ event after all these years. Check out the pages for ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’ souvenir programme to see what it’s like.

The next ‘Doctor Who’ convention I attended in the 50th anniversary year of 2013 was a charity event run by Janet Fielding in Slough. Stay tuned for my next ‘convention memories’ blog post on ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’ held in Slough, August 2013.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂


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