Convention Memories – ‘Collectormania 22’

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

Here’s another set of ‘convention memories’ for me to share on ‘Bradley’s Basement’. 🙂 It’s time to talk about ‘Collectormania 22’, a Showmasters event held in Milton Keynes. This was a two-day event from Saturday the 15th to Sunday the 16th of November 2014. I attended the Sunday only.

After the disappointment of not seeing Sarah Sutton (Nyssa in ‘Doctor Who’) at ‘Pandorica 2014’ back in September 2014, I was looking forward to seeing her at ‘Collectormania 22’ at Stadium: MK in Milton Keynes. I hoped that Sarah was okay, following the sad passing of her dad back in September.

I stayed overnight at the nearby DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Milton Keynes. It was a pleasant stay, and the weather was mainly dry, although it was cold and foggy due to it being November. I’m glad that the convention was indoors, and we didn’t have to go outside onto one of those pitched areas.

After getting into Stadium: MK, I soon saw Sarah Sutton at her signing table. It was nice to see her again. We did chat about how she was in a mess when her dad passed away, but she seemed cheerful enough when I saw her. We had some lovely chats, and I even had some photos with Sarah.

I shared with Sarah about the summer holiday my parents and I had in Scotland in that year. I recommended that she visit where they filmed ‘Monarch of the Glen’ in the Highlands, since we’re both fans of the drama series. 😀 Sarah also signed a couple of items for me on that particular day. 🙂

She signed my CD cover of ‘The Jarillion Mercy’ by Rob Brown, and it was amazing to hear from her how she recalled making that audio story. She also signed my CD cover of ‘The Fifth Doctor Box Set’, which contains ‘Psychodrome’ and ‘Iterations of I’. I shared how much I enjoyed her in those stories.

I joked to Sarah about how she was doing her interpretation of the seagulls from ‘Finding Nemo’ when she as Nyssa went “I…I…I…I…I…” in ‘Iterations of I’. 😀 Sarah told me she likes ‘Finding Nemo’, but it doesn’t top up on ‘Ratatouille’. She also teased me on the upcoming 2015 Fifth Doctor audio trilogy by Big Finish.

I told her I was looking forward to it, but I didn’t want Nyssa to die in ‘The Entropy Plague’. 😀 I also shared with Sarah how much I enjoyed ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, as that’s another one of her favourite films. It was amazing to share my experience of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ with Sarah. 🙂

I also had my book copy of ‘The Moon Stallion’ novelization (from ‘Pandorica 2014’) signed by Sarah. I told Sarah a joke about hamsters going to ‘Hamsterdam’ on holiday. Sarah found it funny, saying my jokes were improving. 😀 Even Reggie Rolle of ‘Power Rangers’ fame, who sat nearby, found my joke funny. 😀

Sarah and I also chatted about Paul Spragg of Big Finish, who sadly passed away in that year on my birthday of all days. 😦 I told Sarah I was looking forward to seeing her again at the ‘Timey Wimey 1’ convention in Brighton the following week. I had an exciting couple of weekends in November 2014. 🙂

At the event, I took some photos of some ‘Doctor Who’ exhibits. These included a few Daleks, the Empty Child, an ‘Earthshock’ Cyberman, a Vashta Nerada in a spacesuit, a Hath, a ‘Timelash’ guardolier suit, some Oods, a Silent, a miner suit from ‘The Caves of Androzani’ and so many more. 🙂

The other guests I met at ‘Collectormania 22’ included Jemma Redgrave, who plays Kate Stewart in the new ‘Doctor Who’ series. It was nice to meet Jemma and I’d only just seen her in ‘Death in Heaven’. I shared how much I had enjoyed her as Kate Stewart and I had a photo shoot with Jemma.

I also chatted with Nigel Betts, who played Mr. Armitage in Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’, and I had an autograph signed by him. 🙂 I saw Reggie Rolle, who played Damon/the Lost Galaxy Green Ranger in ‘Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy’. I chatted with him and I had a photo shoot with him at the convention.

Reggie Rolle also signed my DVD cover of ‘The Best of Power Rangers’ collection. I briefly saw Dave Prowse, who played the Minotaur in ‘The Time Monster’ and is well-known for being the body of Darth Vader in the original ‘Star Wars’ film trilogy. I’m glad to have had an autograph signed by him.

I also saw Jeremy Bulloch, who’s been in the ‘Doctor Who’ stories ‘The Space Museum’ and ‘The Time Warrior’, and he’s well-known for being the body of Boba Fett in the original ‘Star Wars’ film trilogy. He signed my DVD cover of ‘The Space Museum’ and I had a nice photo shoot with Jeremy. 🙂

I also met and had a nice chat with Lee Sullivan, a comic book artist on some of the ‘Doctor Who’ comics. I enjoyed chatting to him about doing ‘Doctor Who’ comics as well as Daleks, ‘Prisoners of Time’ and doing comic book adverts for Big Finish. I had a nice piece of Dalek artwork signed by him.

‘Collectormania 22’ was a nice and enjoyable convention to attend in November 2014. I’m pleased I saw Sarah Sutton at the event, and it was good to see her being cheerful after her loss in September of that year. It was good to chat to Sarah then and I enjoyed seeing some of the other guests as well. 🙂

Of course, ‘Collectormania 22’ was the prelude to another exciting weekend, as I would see Sarah Sutton and other ‘Doctor Who’ guests at the ‘Timey Wimey 1’ convention in Brighton, run by Louise Jameson (who plays Leela in the series), to celebrate 51 years of ‘Doctor Who’s history. I was definitely looking forward to it.

Stay tuned for my ‘convention memories’ blog post on ‘Timey Wimey 1’ in Brighton, November 2014.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Convention Memories – ‘Collectormania 22’

    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Glad you enjoyed the photos. I’m looking forward to attending the ‘London Comic Con Winter’ this coming Sunday. I currently miss Sarah Sutton as she’s going to New York this weekend whilst I’m London. Hope it won’t be long before I see Sarah again at another convention for ‘Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary in 2023.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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