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Return of the Morris Dancers

Ever watched the 1971 Doctor Who adventure The Daemons and thought to yourself “I wonder what happened to those Morris Dancers who attacked the Doctor? Are they real Morris Dancers? Are they still going?” Well the answer to both those questions is a resounding yes and you can go and meet them face to face if you wish!

The Headington Quarry Morris Men, as they’re known around the borough, will make an en masse appearance at this year’s Return to Devil’s End convention which is taking place in Aldbourne, Wiltshire.

Four of the ten dancers will be in attendance to answer questions and queries so this is your opportunity to get to meet them in the flesh! The convention will take place on April 16th 2011 and of the four members, the current Bagman (takes care of funds and equipment) Steve Parker commented:

“Lots of the men who featured in that episode are still dancing with us now, and others are still friends, even if they no longer dance.”

Also in attendance will be the lovely Katy Manning, who played the third Doctor’s assistant Jo Grant from 1971 until 1973. She also recently appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode Death to the Doctor, where she met the Time Lord’s eleventh incarnation. So if Morris dancing isn’t your cup of tea, you’ve got to go simply to meet the legend that is she!

For those who want to find out more about The Headington Quarry Morris Men, they’ll hold an open session on February 12th located at the Mason’s Arm’s pub in Quarry School Place between the hours of 10am-2pm.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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