Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.
I know I said I was holding back on this comic con after attending ‘Collectormania 27’ in Birmingham back in September. But after seeing Jodie Whittaker (the Thirteenth Doctor) and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor and now the Fourteenth Doctor) in the ‘Doctor Who’ BBC Centenary Special called ‘The Power of the Doctor’, I had to go to this event before 2022 was over. I’m pleased I did.
‘London Comic Con Winter’ was a two-day event held at the Olympia in London from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th of November. I only attended the Sunday of the event. I would have liked to have seen Matt Smith on the Saturday, but there were more ‘Doctor Who’ guests to see on the Sunday. 🙂
Earlier this year, I attended the ‘London Comic Con Spring’ at the same venue in February. Was the Winter event better than the Spring event? Yes, it was. For one thing, the comic con was held on two floors compared to one floor, which I was pleased about, since there was more space at the venue. 🙂
It was still a busy event, considering there are more people in London compared to Newcastle and Birmingham, but I still enjoyed myself. I also had plenty to do throughout the day, including having photos with the stars; having autographs signed and attending a Jodie Whittaker panel talk that day.
So, what were the highlights of me attending ‘London Comic Con Winter’ on Sunday 20th of November? Let me share them with you. After collecting my diamond passes for David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker, I went to have a photo shoot with David Tennant. And yes! I’ve met David Tennant!!!
I’m amazed and thrilled that I got to meet David Tennant, one of my favourite Doctors in ‘Doctor Who’ and definitely the one I grew up with in getting into the TV show in the late 2000s. I’ve now met Peter Davison, David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker at conventions, and they are my favourites. 🙂
I’ve yet to see Christopher Eccleston, who is another of my favourite Doctors. 😀 Meeting David Tennant at ‘London Comic Con Winter’ was a pleasant experience. 🙂 I had my Blu-ray cover of ‘The 10 Christmas Specials’ of ‘Doctor Who’ signed by David, and I got to have a little chat with the man. 🙂
I borrowed one of his quotes and said, “You know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor”, to which he was pleased about. I told him I was looking forward to seeing him again in 2023 and he hoped he would be my Doctor again. 😀 I had more photos with David, including one of us outside the TARDIS.
I also had a photo with David and Jodie at the comic con, which I’m very pleased about. It was nice to see Jodie again (the third time that I’ve seen her at a convention – all three times have been Showmasters events actually) and I’ve had my Blu-ray cover of ‘The Power of the Doctor’ signed by her. 🙂
I shared how ‘Doctor Who’ wouldn’t be the same without her and that I enjoyed her era very much. I asked Jodie if she had any future plans after ‘Doctor Who’, but she hasn’t got any at the moment since she’s still on maternity leave. Jodie said “Diolch” to me, which is actually “Thank you” in Welsh. 🙂
I’m pleased Jodie remembered I was Welsh since she recognised my Welsh accent from when I last saw her in Birmingham. 😀 I also had photo shoots with her, including one where she was in her Thirteenth Doctor costume and one where we stood outside the TARDIS, which was so amazing for me. 🙂
I also told Jodie that I enjoyed her in ‘Attack the Block’, which she was pleased about. I enjoyed Jodie Whittaker’s panel talk during the afternoon that day. I didn’t get to ask her a question during the talk, but it was nice to hear her thoughts on being the Doctor and making the TV show in general.
By the way, I received an A3 sized photo of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor before I went in to sit down for her panel talk, which was nice. I also saw Bonnie Langford (who plays Mel in ‘Doctor Who’). I had a very nice chat with Bonnie and she signed the back of my ‘Power of the Doctor’ Blu-ray cover.
This was the second time I saw Bonnie at a convention (the first time being in Bournemouth back in August 2015). We chatted about what it was like for her to have a cameo in ‘The Power of the Doctor’ and how she’s found doing the ‘Behind the Sofa’ items for the ‘Doctor Who’ Blu-ray box sets.
Bonnie also shared how much she’s enjoyed recording the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’ with Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) and Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor). I’m pleased I had a lovely chat with Bonnie. I later had a photo with Bonnie Langford that day and I also had a photo with her and Sylvester together. I also had a photo with Jodie Whittaker, Sylvester McCoy and David Tennant.
I managed to see Sylvester before the end of the day after having so many photo shoots with guests. Sylvester signed my Blu-ray cover of ‘The Power of the Doctor’, which I’m pleased about. I shared how much I enjoyed his scenes in the special and he got to share a scene with Sophie Aldred as Ace. 🙂
I had a photo with Katy Manning (who plays Jo Grant) that day. Sadly, I didn’t get to see her for a chat, which is a shame. Katy had a lot of people to see and chat to, and I had quite a number of photo shoots to get through that day. Hopefully, I will get to see Katy again at a future convention. 🙂
Also attending the convention that day were Craige Els (who played Karvanista in ‘Flux’ and a Sea Devil in ‘Legend of the Sea Devils’) and Joplin Sibtain (also known as Chook Sibtain and he played Tarak Ital in ‘The Waters of Mars’). Sadly, I didn’t get to see these two for signing sessions that day.
At ‘London Comic Con Winter’, I met another Doctor. This one was Robert Picardo who played the holographic Doctor in ‘Star Trek: Voyager’. It was nice to meet Robert Picardo in person that day. I had a photo shoot with him and I also had my DVD cover of ‘Star Trek: First Contact’ signed by him. 🙂
Yes, I know he only did a cameo in that movie, but why not have my DVD cover signed by him? 😀 Incidentally, my ‘Star Trek: First Contact’ DVD cover must be the only ‘Star Trek’ item I’ve got that has the most signatures on it. I enjoyed chatting to him, especially about his ‘Orville’ appearances. 🙂
I took some photos of displays and cosplayers at the event too. There was a display of Iron Man, which I had to take photos of. 😀 I also took a photo of a stand-up poster of the movie ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’. I doubt I’ll see that movie when it comes out, even though it’s a ‘Shrek’ spin-off film.
There were a couple of Spider-Men at ‘London Comic Con Winter’ and I took a photo of them. I also took a couple photos of two cosplayers in Power Rangers outfits. There was one dressed up as the White Ranger from ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers’ and there was a Dino Thunder Power Ranger.
The Dino Thunder Power Ranger was mostly black, but I thought he should be white considering his design was closer to the White Dino Thunder Power Ranger. It’s been a while since I’ve seen ‘Power Rangers Dino Thunder’, but that’s how I remember it. Correct me if I’m missing something on this. 😀
I also took a photo of the Mandalorian at the event and I took photos of what the event was like from the first floor looking at the ground floor. 😀 ‘London Comic Con Winter’ was a great day out. I’m glad I achieved most of what I wanted to do with seeing the guests and having photos with them.
It was lovely to see Jodie Whittaker for the third time at a convention and I’m pleased I got see David Tennant at last. I don’t think something like this will come around again very soon, but I’m glad I was able to do it before the 60th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2023 comes along with lots to look forward to.
I hope that the next convention I go to will have Sarah Sutton (Nyssa, my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ companion) as one of the guests. I’ve missed seeing her at conventions lately.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!