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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
It’s time to share another set of ‘convention memories’ I have. Today, it’s time to talk about the ‘Time Warp’ convention that happened from Saturday the 5th to Sunday the 6th of July 2014. This was an exciting convention weekend that occurred at the Playhouse theatre in Weston-super-Mare.
This wasn’t my first experience of a convention at Weston-super-Mare. The first time was at the ‘Stars of Time’ event at the Helicopter Museum in WSM in July 2012. This was a bigger, busier event compared to the ‘Stars of Time’ event and it had huge focus on the ‘Doctor Who’ stars in attendance. 🙂
The convention weekend was to celebrate 30 years of Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, who was the main attraction. There were also guests like Nicola Bryant, Sarah Sutton, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Terry Molloy, Mark Strickson, Wendy Padbury, Deborah Watling, Will Thorp, Richard Franklin, Damaris Hayman, Derek Martin, Dee Sadler and script editor Andrew Cartmel at the event.
There was a lot happening at the convention. This included guest interviews, Q&As, exclusive merchandise, autograph sessions, photo opportunities, meet and greet, monsters, and on stage entertainment. Looking back, it was a very exhilarating time for me as a ‘Doctor Who’ fan back then.
There are times where I wish I did things differently due to the organisation of the event and how the nature of the weekend occurred with plenty of ‘Doctor Who’ guests to interact and mingle with. But I still hold very fond memories of this weekend, as I hope to share with you what it was like then.
Saturday 5th July 2014
The first day started off well with the attendees inside the theatre waiting for everything to start. The main stage was filled with ‘Doctor Who’ waxworks and monster costumes on display such as the Second, Third and Fourth Doctors as well as Cybermen, Ice Warriors, Sandminer Robots and Azal. 😀
We were then introduced to the main guests who attended the Saturday including Mark Strickson, Sarah Sutton, Deborah Watling, Wendy Padbury, Will Thorp, Damaris Hayman, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Derek Martin and Louise Jameson. I couldn’t wait to meet these lovely ‘Doctor Who’ stars. 🙂
One of the things I liked about the ‘Time Warp’ event was you could get to mingle and interact with the ‘Doctor Who’ stars in friendly chats outside the autograph sessions and panel talks. This meant I could chat to people like Sarah Sutton, Wendy Padbury, Louise Jameson and Wendy Padbury a lot. 🙂
I’m saddened not a lot of ‘Doctor Who’ conventions do that, as it provides a nice way for fans to meet their favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stars without being restricted to schedules and when you can meet them throughout the day. It’s a sign of disorganised chaos, but I still find it pretty invigorating.
There was a panel talk with Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton on the Saturday. This was the first time I met Mark Strickson (who plays Turlough in ‘Doctor Who’) and he was only there on the Saturday. I enjoyed meeting him and it was great to ask Mark and Sarah a question about the Big Finish audios.
It was lovely to see Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) again. I chatted to Sarah quite a lot throughout the weekend, including the mingling sessions, the autograph sessions and the panel talks. I had photos with Sarah and Mark that Saturday. Sarah bought me a Calippo lollipop that day, which was nice of her. 🙂
I had my CD covers of ‘Moonflesh’, ‘Tomb Ship’ and ‘Masquerade’ signed by Sarah on Saturday. Sarah and I chatted about how much we enjoyed ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’ by Peter Davison. It was also good of Sarah to make me feel part of the conversations with her and other ‘Doctor Who’ stars.
It was nice to meet up with Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), who signed my CD covers for ‘Davros’ and ‘The Reaping’ that weekend. I told him how much I enjoyed him in ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’; that ‘The Reaping’ is one of my favourites; and I enjoyed him in one of the 1990s ‘Famous Five’ stories.
I met Nicola Bryant (Peri) that day, who signed my CD covers for ‘Trouble In Paradise’ and ‘The Reaping’. I was stumped on talking to Nicola, as it was the first time I met her that weekend. Thankfully this was made up for on the Sunday. I still had photos with Colin and Nicola that Saturday.
It was nice to see Wendy Padbury (Zoe) that weekend. She remembered me and we chatted about ‘A Couple of Swells’ musical number she did at a convention once. 😀 She also signed my CD cover of ‘Davros’ for me. We chatted about ‘Doctor Who’ and the house in France that she was building then.
It was lovely to meet up with Debbie Watling (Victoria) and we chatted about the recently found ‘Enemy of the World’ and ‘The Web of Fear’, which I briefly saw before attending ‘Time Warp’. It was nice to briefly meet Damaris Hayman (Miss Hawthorne) who signed my DVD cover of ‘The Dæmons’.
I met Derek Martin, who signed my DVD cover of ‘Image of the Fendahl’. It was lovely to meet Louise Jameson (Leela) and I told her I was looking forward to her ‘Timey Wimey 1’ convention in Brighton later that year in November. Mark Strickson also signed my ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ DVD cover. 🙂
Sadly, I didn’t get to meet Will Thorp (who played Toby Zed in ‘The Impossible Planet’/’The Satan Pit’), but it was nice to see him there. The day finished with final signings for the day and I got to interact with Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickson and Wendy Padbury on the main stage before leaving. 😀
Sunday 6th July 2014
The second day of the weekend was equally good as the first day. On the main stage, there was a waxwork of the Fifth Doctor along with the Fourth Doctor. I’m sure the First Doctor was there as well. There was also a Sea Devil on the main stage joining an Ice Warrior, a Telosian Cyberman and Azal.
Sarah Sutton was back for the Sunday as well as Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Wendy Padbury, Debbie Watling, Will Thorp, Damaris Hayman and Derek Martin. We were joined by Katy Manning, Terry Molloy, Richard Franklin, Dee Sadler and script editor Andrew Cartmel for the day. It was good fun! 🙂
I was staying at a Premier Inn for the whole weekend in Weston-super-Mare by the way. 😀 There was a panel talk with Terry Molloy (Davros), Nicola Bryant and Colin Baker for the day, which I enjoyed. I even asked them a question about what Big Finish audios they’d like to see as TV stories. 🙂
I also had photos with Colin, Terry and Nicola that day. Sunday was a better day for me to chat to Nicola. I got to share with her how much I enjoyed her as Peri in the TV series and the Big Finish audios. We talked about the many Peris established in Big Finish stories like ‘Peri and the Piscon Paradox’.
I got to meet up with Sarah Sutton again and had my photo taken with her outside the Playhouse theatre. She was having a Costa coffee at the time. 😀 I got to tell Sarah a couple of jokes that weekend. I told Sarah ‘her humour is dry’ while ‘my humour is wet’. She got the punch-line of that. 😀
Sarah also signed my CD cover of the ‘Dark Shadows’ audio ‘The Devil Cat’. We enjoyed chatting about the audio and it was interesting how she did her Miss Marple-take on the character of Miss Emma Simon. We chatted about ‘Ratatouille’ and she recommended ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ for me.
I enjoyed the panel talk Sarah had with Wendy Padbury and Debbie Watling that day. I also had photos with Sarah, Wendy and Debbie that day. I took every opportunity to have photos with these amazing ‘Doctor Who’ stars and I’m really glad I did. It’s an opportunity that won’t come like it again.
For both days, we as fans were given opportunities to take photos of the guest stars in groups using our cameras. I’m surprised we weren’t given the opportunity to have photos with the guests on the stage, but I’m still pleased I got to have photos with people like Sarah, Wendy and Debbie anyway. 🙂
It was lovely to see Katy Manning (Jo Grant) that day and she signed my DVD cover of ‘The Dæmons’ for me. It was also good to see Richard Franklin (Mike Yates) and he signed my ‘Dæmons’ DVD cover for me. I got to meet up and chat with Terry Molloy and he signed my CD cover of ‘Davros’ for me. 🙂
I got to meet Dee Sadler (who played Flowerchild in ‘The Greatest Show In The Galaxy’). It was a brief chat, but I enjoyed sharing my thoughts on the story with her and she appreciated how I felt about it. I also met script editor Andrew Cartmell who signed my ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ DVD cover.
From the weekend, I had a number of photographs provided by Ian Fraser, signed by the ‘Doctor Who’ guests attending the weekend. This included photos signed by Damaris Hayman, Richard Franklin, Terry Molloy, Mark Strickson, Nicola Bryant, Louise Jameson, Deborah Watling, Katy Manning, Wendy Padbury and Dee Sadler.
I had a few glamour photos of Sarah Sutton signed by her that weekend. I also had autographs signed by Sarah, Colin, Nicola and Wendy that day. And I had the book ‘Script Doctor’ by Andrew Cartmel signed by him that Sunday. 🙂
The day concluded with me saying farewell to Sarah and other guests at the event. It was lovely to say farewell to Sarah one more time before the amazing weekend ended. We looked forward to seeing each other again at an event in Bristol, which sadly didn’t happen (more on that next time). 🙂
‘Time Warp’ was a pretty exciting ‘Doctor Who’ convention for me to attend back in July 2014. I wish more events like this happened again. Hopefully they will if the 40th anniversary of Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor is to be celebrated. It was quite chaotic in places, but I still enjoyed the weekend. 🙂
It was lovely to meet ‘Doctor Who’ guests like Sarah Sutton, Colin Baker, Wendy Padbury, Deborah Watling, Nicola Bryant, Louise Jameson, Katy Manning and Terry Molloy attending the event. I had a blast from meeting such amazing people. It’s an event that will stay in my memory for years to come. 🙂
The next convention I attended was the ‘Pandorica 2014’ convention in Bristol, September 2014. Stay tuned for my ‘convention memories’ blog post on ‘Pandorica 2014’.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!