This was perfect, as out of the ten guests, I needed exactly five for my book!
NATHAN MCMULLEN played the Wolf in the Doctor Who television story Last Christmas.
First of all I got Nathan McMullen who alongside Dan Starky, played the elves in the recent Christmas special. Dan was also there, but I already had his signature from when we shared a wait at the departure gate of LAX airport following Gallifrey One earlier this year.
I got Nathan to sign the same page, just under Dan’s enormous autograph.
I then got John D Collins, who was an absolute gentleman to talk to.
Clare Huckle was an audio companion on the Big Finish adaptation of The Ultimate Adventure.
I got her to sign the same page as Lisa Bannerman, and she remarks how one of her first jobs was playing in panto with Lisa many years ago.
ERIC SAWARD worked as a writer and later script editor for Doctor Who during the 1980s.
Saward had a particular fondness for the Cybermen and wrote stories that connected the Doctor to important events in Earth's history.
TERRANCE DICKS, script edited the Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee eras of Doctor Who and wrote many episodes, novels and novelisations.
I was very interested in meeting Donald, as I had previously meet him back in 1992 when I made a documentary about The Prisoner, the enigmatic series from the 1960s starring and part written by Patrick McGoohan.
He had written a story outline that failed to develop into a script, so was part of the legend and mystery that clouded the series.
Luckily Donald remembered me and we had a brief chat about when we had met previously. I gave him a DVD of the complete documentary, which I hope he enjoys.
Also in the line up were Carolyn Seymour and Doreen Mantell, neither of whom appeared in Doctor Who, but are famous in their own rights.
As usual with these events, once everyone had their autographs the guests were gathered together for an informal interview panel. The intended host was unavailable, so it feel to Malcolm, the photographer to pose the questions and keep things moving.
There were a lot of interesting chat, but the stand out for me was a discussion between Terrance and Eric about the writing of The Five Doctors. Terance, who had been a past script editor, was called while a convention in the US by Eric, who was the then incumbent script editor.
Terrance cracked on with writing the episode and got a call from Eric to see how it was going. Hearing he had completed the first draft, Eric said “Oh dear”, which wasn't what Terrance was expecting. “Tom’s pulled out - so you need to write around him!” From this they concocted the use of the Shada clips and Tom being trapped in a time vortex.
Terrance very much liked the inserts used, and bemoaned that the best bit of the episode was a scene he DIDN’T write!