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Its the End

40 years ago, it began, the last serial of the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era: “The Talons of Weng Chiang” one of the best serials in the history of WHO.

Now that was a way to go out on a bang.


Roger Murray-Leach and Phillip Hincliffe at Gally 2017

Deep Roy, who played “Mr Sin” at Gally this year.


Codename: Doctor Who

Even before it was revived in 2005, even before the internet or colour TV itself, Doctor Who was a show that had to protect its secrets  whether they be the identity of a new companion, details of a shock twist or the even the show itself.

Luckily, in a practice dating back to 1965, Doctor Who has a nifty way of making sure neither the press or its fans manage to spoil the show: codenames, most of which are actually clever anagrams. Here, of course, we present a history of those codenames.

Don’t you just love that Panic Moon episode starring Leon Ny Taiy? Confused? Y.A.N.A.


CLASS Dismissed?

I would not be surprised by this given what I have read. Though there was no hint of it at Gally, which did feature 1 guest from CLASS and shen spoke about a Series 2.

The Mirror are reporting that Doctor Who’s latest spin-off Class has been axed by the BBC after just one series.

Their article states:

The eight-parter, starring ex-Coronation Street favourite Katherine Kelly as alien teacher Miss Quill, was the BBC’s most high-profile attempt at a teen show in years.

But ratings were so low, both online and for the BBC1 repeat, it now looks like school’s out forever.

Class launched on BBC iPlayer in October, but despite Peter Capaldi appearing as the Time Lord in the first episode, got just 660,000 views.

Not one of the eight episodes made it into the top 50 weekly shows viewed on-demand. The series also fared badly in the late-night BBC1 repeats, where it was aired in four double bills.

The first episode got one million viewers, but by the end, that had dropped to 300,000 – way down on the slot average of 800,000.

Class is the fourth TV spin-off from Doctor Who, following K9 and Company in 1981, and more recently Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Class was created by youth novelist Patrick Ness and featured a group of teens at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) was a teacher.

But it failed to grip its target audience, who gave it a low appreciation rate of 70, compared to 82 for the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

While the Mirror are accurate in stating the show had far lower ratings and less audience appreciation than Doctor Who, it’s important to note that they also add at the end “The BBC said no decision on a recommission had been made.”

So until we hear officially from the BBC, this is still a rumour. One that seems increasingly likely, but a rumour nonetheless.


A petition to try to prevent the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff from closing, has received over 11,000 signatures.

The petition was launched after it was announced that the exhibition on Cardiff Bay is due to close this summer, when the five year lease expires.

The petition was the idea of Bex Ferriday, who lives in Cardiff. She told Wales Online

I set it up just expecting friends and family to sign it. I was pretty shocked and terrified by the popularity it garnered pretty quickly. I know the land was only leased for five years but surely anyone can see that… to knock this on the head, when we have got Doctor Who being filmed here and the studios here, seems like a really stupid thing to do.

The Doctor Experience opened in London in 2011, before moving to a purpose-built building in the Welsh capital. It is currently situated at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, near the BBC studios where Doctor Who is made.

The site is owned by Cardiff City Council, who issues a five-year lease to BBC Worldwide to host the Experience.

A spokesman for Cardiff council said:

The land currently occupied by the Doctor Who Experience is owned by the Welsh Government and their development partner, Igloo Regeneration. It was leased to the city council for five years to enable the relocation of the Doctor Who Experience from Olympia to Cardiff on a temporary basis. It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project. The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction. The decision to close the Experience at the end of the lease next summer has been mutually agreed by all parties involved, including the operators BBC Worldwide.

The petition will be presented to the Doctor Who Experience next Saturday.

Swindon Rebut

Arlene Harris from The Irish Times settles the SJW argument for good… 🙂

Well Done.


Save The Experience

No, this is not about not being able to record the panels at Gally this year 😦 which was a bummer for sure.

I had a casual conversation with a fan at the Con that said that the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff that was closing this summer was saved and it was moving.

That appears to be wishful thinking. Much along the lines of what happend to the Star Trek Experience in Vegas years ago.


Almost 10,000 people sign a petition against the closure of Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience.

But like the Star Trek: Experience I suspect it comes down to money. The money to keep it open and the money that land right on the Bay could fetch for some other development.

That was what happened to the Las Vegas Hilton, they just got tired of it and wanted to go in a ‘new direction’ and was eventually sold to Westgate Hotels because that’s what happens with hotels.


Day 3: Gally 2017

I got my John Leeson Photo signed by the og…Man himself.. 🙂

The I got my favourite Photo of the convention…


Me, Anneke Wills and Frazier Hines (who complimented me on my “cozie”). 🙂

That made enduring all the Lieftist Political Speeches worthwhile. 🙂

My other photo-op was with Phillip Hinchcliffe & Roger Murray-Leach, two people responsible for my love of Who. The Producer and the Director of “Ark in Space” my very first WHO episode.


and Coming in 2018 (reserve your tickets in April…)

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Day 2: Gally 2017

It stopped raining!

Then as I was leaving for the Con, guess what? It started raining again! 😦

So My Fifth Doctor had to borrow an Umbrella from a future incarnation for the day.

Though I was in Program, front row, from 10am to 6pm. 🙂  Same seat. I got up to get John Leeson to autograph my photo op session from yesterday. That was about it.

Staring off the day was Creature feature.

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Hilarious panel with 3 Daleks, Dorian Maldovar and many aliens.

Then came the Red Dwarf Panel with Hattie Hayridge (Holly/Hilly) and Howard Burden (Set Designer).

Dominic Glynn’s Panel was good. No pics.

Then one of the stars I came to see the most: Catrin Stewart.

Danny Webb (Jefferson from “Impossible Planet”) and Anna Shaffer from the spin off “Class” were next. Good stuff all day I must say.

Then the real meat and the best panel all day, From Days Gone By…Classic WHO.

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Peter Purves being goaded into “The Ballad of The Last Chance Saloon” was brilliant. Due to technical failure I didn’t get it recorded.

Then came Torchwood, and it was definitely not PG-13 at times.

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Deep Roy, who has been basically everything, was fascinating as a guest and as a person.

(I will be getting a new p1010794camera before next year)

Then there was panel on “Gallifrey” the Big Finish series that I have had no time to listen to. It was fun though.

Then the last panel I attended in this stretch for the day was The Doctor himself… Paul McGann.

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Then I went back to my hotel room for dinner and came back for the masquerade.

Peg Doll from “Night Terrors” and my favorite, the Anti-Matter Monster from “The Three Doctors”

Now onto the final day. Then I have to go back to reality…


Day One – Gally 2017

Ok, when is it going to freaking stop raining! I mean seriously. It was a freaking hurricane this morning walking the 2 blocks to the Convention Hotel. (I’m not in the Convention Hotel because I couldn’t take the day off needed to be there when the room sold out fast).

Fortunately, I have functional Cosplay.


That umbrella was godsend. 🙂

I may have to do the same one over again today (which I have never done) because they say it is supposed to rain again… 😦

Well, after making making my way through the Hurricane to the hotel and registering I ventured into the Dealers room which had only opened just recently and found that several of the Guests were signing autographs already!

Yeah. I knocked out 3 right then and there. Paul McGann, Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson in the first 20 minutes! Yeah!!

Then I spent 2 hours in a Chronic Hysterisis Standing in line for a Photo Op. Get Photo Op. Get back into a new line and Repeat. 5 times.

So I missed a lot of panels on Day One.

Say about half of Hattie Hayridge (Female Holly- Red Dwarf), the Lalla Ward, and The Inside K-9 Panel.

Then I got 3 more of the Autographs I wanted.

I paid for one of the Receptions (opposite Paul MacGann and the Torchwood Panel) and had a good time there as well.

So I got 85% of my tasks accomplished with having to sacrifice most of the panels in the deal.

I can live with that.

On to Day 2. The big, long, Saturday.