Is it really December 1st? Already? That means we’re one month away from the end of the year! Impossible!
2015 has been a crazy year, but one that has largely been dominated by Doctor Who for me. I launched the Ninth Doctor comic book in April, which has taken me to loads of conventions, including San Diego Comic Con, plus have a brand new Christmas Doctor Who co-written comic out in a couple of weeks!
And then there was last month – specifically 13th – 15th November – which saw me taking part in the Doctor Who Festival at Excel, London. This was a celebration of all things Twelfth Doctor, with appearances by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, plus Ingrid Oliver who plays Osgood and Michelle Gomez, none other than the villainous Missy.
I was the host of the Drama School stage, where we got the audience involved in the action.
First up was Act Like a Monster, where I worked with the voice of the Daleks, Mr Nicholas Briggs, and the man who operates the metal menaces, Mr Barnaby Edwards (that’s Barney with me in the picture above). We talked through how Nick creates the voice, while Barnaby controls the Dalek itself, before getting members of the audience to act out a Dalek scene. One victim, er, I mean volunteer, actually got to go into the Dalek and exterminate people.
Next up, was Doctor Who Director’s Class where I had the pleasure of teaming up with Douglas MacKinnon.
Douglas is the director of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, as well as countless classics of the last few years including Time Heist and Listen. We talked through how Douglas first became a director and got involved in Doctor Who before getting members of the crowd up to re-enact a scene from Listen.
Finally, Big Finish Productions took to the stage to demonstrate how an Doctor Who audio play is put together.
It was a mad old schedule with nine shows a day, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was fantastic to see so many excited Doctor Who fans in one place.
Some other cool things happened. I pretended to be the Thirteenth Doctor on the Titan Comics stall…
Took a selfie with Davros…
Checked out costumes…
And props from the show…
Oh, and the Doctor himself stopped by the Titan stand to read one of the comics I’ve written!
What a fantastic weekend with loads of great memories. Did you go to the Festival? If so, why not leave your own Doctor Who memories below?