Bride of Who
Wales Online: It’s the moment that sci-fi fan Andrew Reynolds will never forget – when he received an out-of-this-world video message at his wedding from his favourite Doctor Who .
The surprise video, featuring Tom Baker, was planned in advance by his bride Emma Harris who started putting together the gift 18 months before their wedding at Cardiff Castle .
The star-studded video also included good wishes for his wedding day from fellow Doctor Who stars Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, and Katy Manning, as well as Battlestar Galactica cast members Tricia Helfer and James Callis.
The groom couldn’t take it all in
The messages were played as a surprise for the groom at the start of the customary wedding speeches.
And it certainly went down well with unsuspecting Andrew who couldn’t quite believe his luck, according to Emma.
“To say it was a complete surprise and shock for him is putting it mildly,” said the 27-year-old from Rhoose.
“He just kind of fell apart. His little face went so red and he couldn’t say anything. I said: ‘Just enjoy it and take it in’.
“I think he’s watched it more than 20 times since because he couldn’t quite take it in on the day.”
This picture pretty much sums up his reaction:
Emma said she was thrilled all her hard work had paid off and was so grateful for the help she received from Andrew’s favourite sci-fi stars.
“I’ve been with Andy for 10 years now and he’s just the biggest Doctor Who fan I’ve ever known,” she said.
“He’s loved the show since he was five. He likes all the classic stuff instead of the new.
No better wedding present for a man with a ‘geek den’
“He constantly gets me to watch it – and I’m getting there with it,
“Our attic room is a complete geek den with monster figurines everywhere so I thought what would be a better wedding present than getting him some video messages.
“It started off with Doctor Who – then I looked at other shows such as Battlestar Galatica.
“I thought Twitter would be a lot more effective in trying to contact people so I sent some tweets out and lots of people came back to me and were happy to record messages, which was amazing.”
Another Baker was the key to success
When she started out on her quest Emma admitted she didn’t think she would be successful.
“I didn’t think it would happen,” she said. “I didn’t think I would get a single one.”
However it was tracking down a couple of former Doctor stars in South Wales that helped her get off to a flyer.
“I found out Colin Baker was at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff so I went down to catch him.
“Then I discovered Sophie Aldred was in Penarth about a month later. All the others came through Twitter.”
Biggest Doctor Who fan ever?
The video was the piece de resistance for 30-year-old Andrew who, by Emma’s description, is “the biggest Doctor Who fan ever.”
“I probably couldn’t even put into words how big a fan he is,” she said.
“He lives and breathes it. I think if I wasn’t into it I don’t think our relationship would work.
“We are forever watching old episodes of Doctor Who. Sometimes he’ll bribe me and say ‘I’ll buy you an Indian if you let me watch an old Tom Baker Doctor Who episode’.
“If someone buys me a takeaway I’m happy.
Is Emma a geek too?
She added: “I would say now I’m quite a big fan. I do prefer the classics but I’m different to him in that I love William Hartnell – the first doctor.
“I’ve become a bit of a sci-fi geek myself now.”
The pair, who now live in Cardiff, met through mutual acquaintances and grew up living a street away from each other in Rhoose.
And Emma joked that her new husband had some brownie points to amass following all her hard work.
“Definitely! I want some serious white gold or platinum now to pay me back for my efforts,” she said.
“Seriously, though, all I needed was his reaction to the video, which was was absolutely incredible. I’m happy with that.”