Accompanying me on her second jaunt to one of Gareth’s Doctor Who shindigs was Ceri, my better half; similarly, Anthony Dry, designer of this parish, was also on hand so it was a good opportunity to meet up, trade insults and have a coffee together!
The day itself revealed a few interesting facts – :
Founding Doctor Who Weekly editor Dez Skinn revealed that he found the current DWM comic strip “an afterthought”
I told Rob Shearman that on its initial viewing, I didn’t like Dalek. He wasn’t best pleased!
Sophie Aldred is still remarkably attractive
Terrance Dicks regaled the audience with many stories you might have heard – but managed to bring in a few new ones!
Chris Achilleos doesn’t like to use microphones. This lead to no end of problems…
Andrew Cartmel remains as interesting a speaker as you can find, with very interesting ideas on how Doctor Who should be done. Razor sharp waspish wit, too.
Finally, Graeme Harper – a fascinatingly enthusiastic man with an obvious love of his work and his long association with Doctor Who. Remember the scene in Turn Left where Donna comes home and tells her mentally broken mother that there’s no work? The one where Catherine Tate remains out of focus for the entire shot? Graeme revealed that he didn’t think it would work, but let the cameraman try it anyway…
As much fun as everyone had throughout the day, however, there were the odd hiccups.
Most notable of these was the death of Gareth Kavanagh’s laptop, a key element to the presentation of the clips that day. While my own equipment was supposed to be on hand as a Twitter/video streaming tool – something we had promoted for weeks on Kasterborous – in the event my laptop became the “presentation laptop”, home of clips and slideshows for the day. Aside from a couple of sound issues, we got away with this, with reduced Twitter updates appearing via mobile phone.
The biggest technical let down came via Chris Achilleos.Â As fascinating as he is, Chris didn’t want to use a microphone, something that we weren’t aware of in advance. Cue a very hushed pub as his long time avid fans gathered around him to hang on his every word!
All in all, a great event, well staged by Gareth Kavanagh and expertly compered by John Cooper, with excellent support from Brian Gorman, the super Charlie Ross, the brave Ade Salmon and Leon Hewitt. And a superb audience too!
You might think that this is the end of our coverage of Vworp 3 – but you would be wrong! We’ve got more to come… stay tuned!