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Published on July 17th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Event at Shepton Mallet

The companions of the Second Doctor reunite alongside other guests from the series’ long history in the South West when DR.WHO – A CELEBRATION takes place on Sunday 23rd August 2009 kicking off at 10.30am and running to 5pm at The Academy Theatre in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Celebrating 25 years since he first appeared in the role, the Sixth Doctor faced the dreaded Daleks, the Cybermen and Sontarans during his 3 years at the lead of the hit show, and now, along with a host of other original actors from the series, he will come face to face with them again.

Wendy Padbury played Zoe Heriot from 1968-1969The good Doctor has always been accompanied by his companions, and no fewer than 6 former companions will be joining him for the celebration, an event in itself as for the first time ever, ALL the surviving companions from the Patrick Troughton era will be re-united, the original actors have agreed to reform for one time, 40 years since Patrick Troughton closed the sixties, Anneke Wills played Polly, Frazer Hines played Jamie, Deborah Watling played Victoria and Wendy Padbury who played Zoe. Wendy says:

“It’s our one and only time to all get together, it’s never happened before, so nothing’s going to stop me coming to the UK, the Troughton Reunion sounds like a pub, but it will be a massive celebration, once you’ve been in Doctor Who, it never leaves you. Only last week in my local bank in a small village in France my bank manager came out and looked at me and ran across in front of everybody and shouted “Zoe, where’s the Doctor!” It was hilarious, he had googled me, honestly, I wasn’t wearing a spangly catsuit!”

Michael Craze, who played sailor Ben during the Troughton era, sadly died 10 years ago unexpectedly at the age of 50, but his real life son Ben Craze will represent him in the reunion, and is delighted to carry on with his father’s stories from the happiest time of his working life.

The Sixties beauties will be joined by actress Mary Tamm, who played Romana opposite Tom Baker in 1978 in his hunt for the Key to Time, and Sarah Sutton, who played orphan Nyssa alongside Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor.

The line up of guest for the weekend will be completed by guest actors from classic stories in the series history:

Wanda Ventham – Image of the Fendahl

Tracey Childs – The Fires of Pompeii

Damaris Hayman – Devil’s End’s own White Witch in The Daemons

Dee Sadler – Flowerchild in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Lisa Bowerman – Survival, Big Finish.

A huge array of monsters will be on display for the Celebration, including the deadly Daleks, creepy Cybermen, the spooky Ood, Sontarans, Scarecrows from the original series right up to date with aliens from the new series.

With photo opportunities, autograph panels, merchandise including all the latest Doctor Who and Torchwood products, this is a day not just for hardened fans of the intrepid Time Lord and his assistants and monster lovers who have viewed them from behind the sofa – but for Saturday night viewers and families to enjoy first hand the magic that has kept the nation entertained for 45 years.

Now’s your chance to see them up close for yourself!

Tickets are available in advance or on the day itself, and can be purchased securely online through the website www.iconicuk.com

It’s never been easier to enjoy an out of the world experience in the exciting world of Doctor Who!

(Thanks to the Event Organiser)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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