Doctor Who directing legend Graeme Harper is the guest of honour at the Who-Ray! store in Stockton-on-Tees this weekend, where the man who helmed popular episodes such as Caves of Androzani, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday and Waters of Mars will be chatting about his work and signing copies of his book, Calling the Shots.
In addition to Graeme their will be Daleks aplenty, Time Lord lookalikes and even Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley signing copies of Ultimate Regeneration.
Further guests include BBC Radio Tees presenter and Wiffle Lever to Full! writer Bob Fischer who will be interviewing Graeme Harper, and professional TV writer Dean Wilkinson, whose CV includes writing for Ant and Dec.
Here’s the full timetable of events:
11:00 Event starts with introduction of Graeme Harper and the Daleks!
11:30 Graeme Harper will be available for ‘Calling the Shots’ book signing & photos opportunities
14:00 An Audience with Graeme Harper – discussing his TV adventures – with Bob Fischer from BBC Tees.
15:00 Winners of Knitted Daleks (sorry…Baaa-leks) raffle announced
Graeme Harper and Nana Val will be drawing winners out of the TARDIS tin!
16:00 Afternoon cream tea with Graeme Harper (Special-ticket-holders only)
The event is to commemorate the Who-Ray! shop’s first anniversary of trading, during which time they’ve won local business awards and confounded expectations by opening a new, niche store in a previously declining town centre. Martin and Brian, the shop’s proprietors, are lovely chaps and do a great job in creating a community atmosphere within the shop, which is full to bursting with Doctor Who merchandise (new and classic) as well as a few other interesting products such as candles and soaps.
Further details about the event can be found on the Who-ray! Facebook page. You can find the Who-ray store at 7 Silver Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1SX, or call them on (01642) 913923.
Money raised at the event will be donated to the Butterwick Chilren’s Hospice, part of a network of care centres across the North East. You can find out more about their work at www.butterwick.org.uk.
It’s looking like being a fantastic day, especially if the weather holds out, so if you’re in travelling distance of Teesside and want to see some Daleks and a Doctor Who director of considerable repute, don’t miss it!