Taxpayers had to foot the bill for thousands of pounds for Dr Who stars to attend a sci-fi event in Stockton.
Sylvester McCoy, the seventh doctor, was paid £2,700 for his appearance at KaPow! a specialist market selling sci-fi and comic book artwork and memorabilia in June 2015.
Also appearing were John Levene, who played UNIT’s Sergeant Benton, who received £700 and Terry Molloy, who played Davros, who was also paid £700.
The total bill for commissioning the Doctor Who stars for the specialist market ran to more than £4,000, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Stockton Council chiefs say the authority supports a range of specialist markets and events “designed to bring people into town and encourage visitors and shoppers to visit Stockton town centre and enjoy its many eateries, bars, shops, cafes and businesses”.
Cabinet member for regeneration and transport, Councillor Nigel Cooke, said: “The KaPow event is organised by one of our entrepreneurial independent retailers Who-Ray, with support from the council.
“Their programme in 2015 incorporated a number of performances and appearances by professionals involved in the TV sci-fi and comic book genre, including actors from the Doctor Who series.”
Sylvester McCoy delighted sci-fi fans young and old when he arrived – via the blue Tardis – in Stockton as part of the event held in the High Street and Wellington Square.
At this years KaPow market, the sixth Doctor Colin Baker was joined by Simon Fisher-Becker – better known as Dorium Maldovar in Doctor Who or The Fat Friar from Harry Potter – Ian McNeice and Katy Manning from Doctor Who and Nick Joseph of Star Wars.
But a council spokesperson said the figures for the cost of hosting the event earlier this month were not yet available. (Gazette Live)