(Re)Generation Who is happy to announce the following guests for this year (guests will be at the event all three event days unless specially noted):

Peter Capaldi – 12th Doctor

Peter Capaldi will be at (Re)Generation Who on Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th

Known to fans worldwide as the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi was born on April 14, 1958, in Glasgow, Scotland. Ever the artist, Capaldi began working in theater productions as a teen before going on to study at the Glasgow School of Art. During this time, he even explored a life in music, providing vocals for the punk band The Dreamboys.

Following his time in art school, he decided to pursue acting and landed a part as an oil executive in the 1983 Burt Lancaster film drama Local Hero, launching a decades-long career that would see him taking on varied roles in TV and film. Parts in the Harold Pinter film Turtle Diary (1985) and the TV biopic John and Yoko—A Love Story (1985) soon followed.

Continuing to work throughout the decade, Capaldi landed a lead role in the humorous vampire tale The Lair of the White Worm (1988), co-starring Hugh Grant, and a supporting role in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) as the servant Azolan.

In 1993, Capaldi made a big statement with behind-the-camera work as well, writing and directing the 1993 short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. With the story focusing on Kafka’s trials and tribulations while attempting to start The Metamorphosis, the project originally aired on BBC Scotland and ultimately won a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award in the Short Film (Live Action) category.

Capaldi also turned to British television, with starring roles in the Helen Mirren movie Prime Suspect 3 (1993), in which Capaldi portrayed transgendered performer Vera Reynolds, and the miniseries The Crow Road (1996). He also played a grandiose, evil angel in the 1996 BBC six-episode fantasy program Neverwhere, and made further big-screen appearances in Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1997) and Bean (1997).

Capaldi donned his director’s and screenwriter’s cap again for 2000’s Strictly Sinatra, a film about a nightclub vocalist who falls in with the Scottish mob. A variety of British TV work followed during the first decade of the new millennium, including his role as the off-putting, abrasive communications director Malcolm Tucker in the Armando Iannucci political sitcom The Thick of It, which debuted in 2005 and for which Capaldi won another BAFTA years later. The project was spun off into the film In the Loop (2009), with Capaldi appearing as Tucker once again. A more serious role came to the actor in the form of news director Randall Brown in the drama The Hour.

2013 saw Capaldi featured in the big-budget summer zombie flick World War Z and the suspense tale The Fifth Estate, which dramatizes the WikiLeaks affair. In August of that year, during a BBC live broadcast, it was announced that Capaldi would be the 12th actor to portray sci-fi character Doctor Who in the popular TV series of the same name. Capaldi, who kept his casting top secret, had appeared in the time-hopping show before, as a Roman merchant, as well as in its spin-off Torchwood. He portrayed The Doctor from 2013 to 2017, having recently announced that the upcoming season would be his last in the role. Capaldi will next be seen on the big screen in a role in the upcoming sequel Paddington 2, set for release late 2017.


Peter Davison – 5th Doctor


Peter Davison portrayed the fifth incarnation of the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, beginning with the conclusion of Logopolis and ending with The Caves of Androzani. He reprised the role for the 1993 Children in Need special, “Dimensions in Time” and again for the 2007 Children in Need special, Time Crash. He has also voiced the Doctor for numerous Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions. Davison is also well-known for his roles as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.

Davison studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and appeared in several stage productions and some minor television roles before he got his big break in 1978. His performance as the ne’er-do-well Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small made him a household name.

Davison also appeared in some British sitcoms, including Holding the Fort and Sink or Swim, during his time as Doctor Who and later Fiddlers Three and Ain’t Misbehavin, as well as appearing in dramatic roles. Since then, he has appeared in a variety of projects, including the two detective dramas Campion and The Last Detective, and the West End runs of Spamalot and Legally Blonde.

Recently Davison released an autobiography entitled “Is There Life Outside The Box: An Actor Despairs“, which he will have available at the event.


Colin Baker – 6th Doctor

Born in London – on Waterloo Bridge, Colin was raised and educated in Rochdale and Manchester. He studied law for five years, training as a solicitor before becoming an actor.

His theatrical debut was at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in Plaintiff In A Pretty Hat followed by The Other House at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Repertory seasons followed in Guildford, Liverpool, Canterbury, Harrogate and the Chichester Festival.

In London he has appeared in Run For Your Wife at the Criterion Theatre, The Price of Justice at the Mermaid, Traitors at the Hampstead Theatre and in 1987 as the twins in Corpse! at the Strand Theatre (with Jack Watling playing the Major). In 1996 he starred as Magwitch in the musical version of Great Expectations at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham followed by a tour of major dates.

Colin’s other theatrical appearances on tour include Private LivesTime And Time AgainPrivates On ParadeBorn In The GardensSpider’s WebFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneDeath And The Maiden, Why Me ?, a 2003 return to Corpse! this time playing the Major, Strangers On A Train, Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of She Stoops To Conquer, drunken ham actor Selsdon Mowbray in the major national tour of Michael Frayn’s award-winning comedy Noises Off, as the iconic Inspector Morse in the new stage drama House Of Ghosts and most recently as Count Fosko in Wilkie Collins’ Victorian ghost story The Woman In White.

In 1998 he played the entire D’Ascoyne family in Kind Hearts And Coronets – the world premiere of the stage version of the famous 1949 film.

His pantomime appearances have been as diverse as Dick in Dick Whittington, Buttons, Captain Hook, Sarah The Cook and Widow Twankey. Credits as a director include The Oz Trials at Liverpool Playhouse, The Mousetrap in Stockholm and Oslo (in English!) and Bazaar and Rummage at the Duke of Cambridge.

His television career, commencing with Sartre’s Roads To Freedom, includes Cousin BetteWar and Peace in which he played Prince Anatol Kuragin, The EdwardiansA Fall Of EaglesThe CitadelSwallows And Amazons ForeverThe Famous FiveHollyoaksJonathan CreekA Dance To The Music Of TimeThe BillSunburn, CasualtyDangerfield, The Knock and as the Head of MI6 in The Waiting Game with the late John Thaw. He is however principally known for very contrasting roles in two of the BBC’s most popular programmes: The Brothers in which he was universally loathed as Paul Merroney, the prototype yuppie and Doctor Who, in which he was universally loved as the flamboyant sixth incarnation of The Doctor, a role he successfully reprised in the stage version Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure. Colin has also played the Sixth Doctor in an extensive range of popular Doctor Who audio stories for Big Finish Productions.

His most recent television appearances have been in DoctorsJonathan Creek, Hollyoaks, Little BritainKingdom and Hustle.

Films include Dangerous DaviesThe Airzone SolutionThe Zero ImperativeThe HarpistSoul’s Ark and most recently, a horror film, The Asylum.

For over a decade Colin has written a weekly column for the Bucks Free Press (1999 Newspaper Of The Year). He is also a busy book reviewer and lyric writer. His children’s musical Scrooge – A Ghost Of A Chance, written with composer Sheila Wilson, has been performed in hundreds of schools countrywide. Colin’s first book, Look Who’s Talking, a collection of his newspaper columns was published in 2009 by Hirst Books and was followed by a further volume of newspaper columns Second Thoughts, in addition to a collection of short stories entitled Gallimaufry.
Colin is married to actress Marion Wyatt. They live in Buckinghamshire with their four daughters, two goats, three cats, three dogs, two horses, thirteen guinea pigs, two degus and a hamster. He says they keep him young – and working!


Michelle Gomez – The Master / Missy


Michelle Gomez will be at (Re)Generation Who on Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th

Michelle Gomez played Missy (short for Mistress) in series 8, 9 and 10 of Doctor Who. She also voiced Jevvan in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio story Valhalla, and read the short story The Grief Collector for BBC Audio’s Time Lord Fairy Tales.

Outside of Doctor Who, Gomez is known for playing Sue White in “Green Wing” and Isobel Pickwell in “Bad Education”.

At the age of seven, Michelle saw a production of “Kiss Me, Kate” and decided that she was going to be an actress. Her parents encouraged this ambition and after she grew up, she attended Shawlands Academy from 1978 to 1983 and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

 


Rachel Talalay – Director


Director. Producer. Agitator.

Rachel Talalay’s eclectic career spans three decades of directing and producing.

In 2017 she directed the final Peter Capaldi/Steven Moffat trilogy of Doctor Who episodes, “Twice Upon a Time” (2017 Xmas Special), and two-part finale: “World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls”. In 2014 she became the 7th woman director in the shows 50+ year history, shooting the two-part finale of Series 8 “Dark Water/Death in Heaven”. In 2015 she continued onto Series 9 for the two-part finale, including the Hugo-nominated experimental one-hander “Heaven Sent” and its companion “Hell Bent”.

She also continued her US episodic run with an episode of Riverdale (airing in 2018) and is booked to direct for both DC and Marvel TV (The Flash and Iron Fist).

In 2016, Rachel directed of the opening film of Series IV of the acclaimed Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (“The Six Thatchers”). She also directed episodes of DC’s SuperGirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, while exec-producing the Astron-6 web-series “Divorced Dad”.

In between Doctor Who episodes, she directed the film based on Stevie Cameron’s award-winning novel “On the Farm”, examining the crimes of Robert Pickton and the stories of the women who battled to be heard. The film has been nominate for numerous awards and won some of them – including a Canadian Screen Award and Leo Award. It is currently making festival rounds, including Dallas, Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Missouri, and Yellowknife. It won Best Narrative Feature at The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival and Best Filmmaking at LA Skins Festival.

Her eclectic resume includes directing Tank Girl, Freddy’s Dead (Nightmare on Elm Street 6), Wind in the Willows, award-winning mini-series (Terminal City, Durham County and Dice) and more than 75 hours of television in the US, UK and Canada from Ally McBeal to Without a Trace, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) to Touching Evil.

Her producing history is equally varied: from Hairspray (the original) and Cry Baby to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (parts 3 and 4) to The Borrowers.

She has been nominated for (and, on rare occasions, won) numerous awards including the BAFTA’s, Royal Television Society, Independent Spirit Awards, West Coast Emmys, the Geminis and Sitges.

She is WIFTV’s Spotlight Woman of the Year for 2016 as well as the winner of the 2016 WIFT’s Producer award.

Talalay is an active advocate for Gender Equity in the Film Business including the social media campaign #AskForMore and #DiverseVoicesMatter. Her skin is made Teflon – a noted super-power.

 


Carole Ann Ford – Susan Foreman

Carole Ann Ford was born in June 1940 and first appeared in a film at the age of eight. Following acting and elocution lessons, she started doing commercials and walk-on work, and her first proper role was in the play “Women of the Streets.” She continued working in theatre, film (including The Day of the Triffids (1963)) and television (including Emergency-Ward 10 (1957), Moonstrike (1963), Compact (1962) and Z Cars (1962)). Aftering leaving Doctor Who (1963), Carole worked mainly in the theatre. Her second daughter, Tara, was born in 1977. The same year she hurt her back filming a commercial, and suffered an extreme reaction to the pain-killers she was given. She subsequently became very ill, and has acted only occasionally since – though she did reprise her role as Susan in the twentieth-anniversary story Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983). She is currently teaching voice, presentation skills and dialogue coaching to politicians, businessmen, after dinner speakers and actors.

 


William Russell – Ian Chesterton

William Russell was born William Russell Enoch on 19 November 1924, in Sunderland, County Durham, England, to Eva Compston (Pile) and Alfred James Enoch. He became interested in acting at an early age. He was involved in organizing entertainments during his national service in the Royal Air Force and then, after university, went into repertory theatre. He appeared in “Hamlet” in London’s West End and won a number of film roles, usually as a dashing hero. Notable TV work followed in The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956) for ITV and Nicholas Nickleby (1957) and David Copperfield in Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (1958) for the BBC, shortly after which he was cast as Ian Chesterton in Doctor Who (1963). He later continued a successful acting career, particularly in the theatre, and for a time held a senior post in the actor’s union, Equity. In recent years he has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Nicola Bryant – Peri

Nicola Bryant landed the part of the American companion Peri immediately after she finished attending The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, in 1983. Cast by John Nathan-Turner she first appeared alongside Peter Davison’s fifth Doctor in the 1984 story Planet of Fire coming face to face with The Master. This was immediately followed by Davison’s final story the The Caves of Androzani, which is always high on the Doctor Who Magazine list of their all time favourite stories. As the then soul companion, Nicola enjoyed playing Peri opposite Colin Baker’s sixth Doctor with whom she battled against Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans The Rani and Sil but most of all she found a dear friend in Colin.

Since leaving Doctor Who, Nicola has worked extensively in theatre up and down the country. In London her work ranges from leading roles in the West End in Killing Jessica at Savoy Theatre, in the award winning Strive at The Duke of York’s, and in Tom Stoppard’s multi award winning Rock ‘n’ Roll. She has also made guest appearances in numerous television shows, most notably as Rowan Atkinson’s niece (Millicent) in Black Adder’s a Christmas Carol and the award winning comedies 10% ers and My Family (twice); as well as spending 3 years playing Martine in the BBC series The Biz. Most recently Nicola has been in the new BBC series New Blood and in the American thriller Headhunter, playing a real life American psychiatrist. At the end of 2017 Nicola was also be seen playing the lead guest role of Lana, in the two final episodes of Star Trek Continues.

Nicola is still keeping Peri alive in the wonderful Big Finish range and is thrilled to be able to meet her friends and fans at ReGeneration Who.


Sarah Sutton – Nyssa

Sarah Sutton was born on 12 December 1961 and began her acting career at the age of seven when, while attending the Elm Hurst Ballet School, she was picked to play the part of Roo in a Phoenix Theatre production of “Winnie the Pooh”. By the age of eleven she had landed a number of TV roles, including in “Menace: Boys and Girls Come Out to Play” (1973), “Late Call” (1974) and “Oil Strike North” (1975). Her biggest success came when she won the lead in the children’s drama serial “The Moon Stallion” (1978). She went back to her acting studies at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama as a part-time student. It ws shortly after taking a Caribbean holiday that she was called to audition for the part of Nyssa in Doctor Who. Following her stint on the series she returned to theatre work, touring in the play “Policy for Murder” (1986). She subsequently got married and had a baby daughter, Hannah, which contributed to her taking a break from acting. She did however win a small role in the TV play “Unnatural Pursuits.”


Matthew Waterhouse – Adric

Matthew Waterhouse was born the son of a company solicitor. He joined the BBC as a clerk, working in the news and information department, while also pursuing an acting career. His first TV role was as a public schoolboy in “To Serve Them All My Days” (1980). He had not even started working on that programme when he auditoned for and won the role of Adric in Doctor Who. Since his departure in the series he has worked mainly in the theatre, appearing as Puck in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, as Peter Pan in “Peter Pan”, and as Edmund in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” He has also starred in a one-man show, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, adapted by him from Mark Twain’s novel.


Janet Fielding – Tegan

Janet Fielding played the Australian air stewardess Tegan from 1980 to 1983. She is one of the longest serving companions. She started working with Tom Baker and then did every Peter Davison story except his last two, one of which he ALWAYS chooses as his favorite story. Luckily Janet is not overly sensitive and is in no way hurt by Peter’s choice of a story she is not in. She does however look forward to being asked, ‘who is your favorite Doctor?’

Janet is a founder of Women in Film and Television UK which she ran for the first four years. It has been an incredibly successful campaigning organization for 25 years and its members include some of the most important women in the film and television industry.

When legendary London agent Marina Martin was ready to retire she recruited Janet to take over her eponymous agency. As an agent, Janet’s clients included Simon Callow, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Paul McGann, Bill Paterson and Anne Marie Duff. Janet sold the agency to the women who worked for her.

In 2008, she moved to Ramsgate and started Project MotorHouse which is a charity and social enterprise that works with local deprived youth and is saving a building set into the cliffs overlooking the English Channel.


Mark Strickson – Turlough

Mark Strickson was born in Stratford-on Avon in the UK, not to be confused with the Stratford-on-Avon in a desolate spot somewhere between Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.   If you’ve got some cold beers in the trunk, the motel’s not bad.

Mark attended the same school as William Shakespeare.  It was the local school, so no choice.   The school had an amazing number of ‘WS was here’ inscriptions scrawled on ancient desks and in modern toilet blocks.

No surprises then that Mark became an actor.   He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and after three years of theatre and TV landed the role of ‘Turlough’ in Dr Who.  Ten more years of acting followed in TV, theatre and film, including playing The Young Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’, with George C. Scott in the title role.

Mark then decided to save the world.  You’ve got to have a dream!  He wanted to make nature films so moved to Australia (the weather’s better there than in the UK) and completed a zoology degree while teaching drama at university.

Mark is now a hugely experienced producer and director with well over 100 hours of television to his name.  He directed Steve Irwin’s first films and moved on to become

Head of Programmes at the world famous company Oxford Scientific Films (OSF).  During his tenure OSF won both an Emmy and two Wildscreen Golden Pandas, the highest award in nature programming.

Watch out for Mark’s name at the end of programmes shown on broadcasters such as Discovery, National Geographic, WNET and many others.

Mark currently lives in New Zealand and has just completed the ‘Modern Dinosaurs’ series (6×50) for Discovery and is currently directing ‘Volcanic New Zealand’ (3×50). He’s extremely tired since he’s spending his time carting heavy camera gear up and down volcanic mountains!


Michael Jayston – The Valeyard

Michael Jayston was born ‘Michael James’ on 29 October 1935 in West Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham in the county of Nottinghamshire, England to Vincent and Myfanwy (Llewelyn) James. At the age of one, his father died of pneumonia after being booted in the chest while playing rugby with a bad cold, and at age 14, his mother also passed away, leaving him, an only child, to be brought up by his grandmother and uncle. He was educated at the Catholic Becket Grammar School and then at Nottingham University. He served in the National Service for a time and was stationed in Germany where he participated in several plays, but returned to Nottingham to train as an accountant for the National Coal Board.

But after seeing a touring company perform, he decided to pursue acting and obtained a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama while also working at the Nottingham fish market during his holidays. He made his professional debut in 1961 performing in various productions at the Bangor Little Theatre in North Ireland and went on to join the Salisbury Repertory (1962-63), the Bristol Old Vic (1963-65) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (1965), Associate Artist 1966-69).

Around this time he married his first wife, Lynn Farleigh. He had two sons and an adopted daughter with his second wife, Heather Mary Sneddon, whom he divorced in 1977. In 1979, he moved with his present wife, Elizabeth Ann Smithson, and their two kids, Richard and Katy, to Brighton where he still resides. He is president of and plays with the Rottingdean Cricket Club and also enjoys (keeping in mind his most charming sense of humour which he apparently inherited from his father) listening to drains. His other interests include darts, riding, watching TV sports, gardening and gambling. He supports the charity Our Disappearing Planet.


John Leeson – Voice of K9

John Leeson voiced K9 from 1977-1979 and again from 1980-2010 on Doctor WhoK9 and CompanyThe Sarah Jane Adventures and K9.

He also voiced the Nucleus in the Doctor Who television story The Invisible Enemy, played Dugeen in the Doctor Who television story The Power of Kroll, voiced the Dalek battle computer in the Doctor Who television story Remembrance of the Daleks and played Anthony in the Reeltime Picturesspin-off video Downtime. He also provided the uncredited voice of the computer in the Doctor Who television story The Sun Makers.

On audio, he reprised K9 for two Adventures in a Pocket Universe audio dramas by BBV Productions and in Big Finish Productions’ Doctor Who and Gallifrey audio series and reprised the Nucleus in the Big Finish Doctor Whoaudio story Revenge of the Swarm. He also voiced Chief Mover in Magic Bullet Productions’ Storm Mine, Machina in The Paradox Planet and Legacy of Death and the fifth incarnation of Drax in The Trouble with Drax.

Other credits include appearances in Blake’s 7 (the Season A episode “Mission to Destiny” and the Season B episode “Gambit”), Jigsaw in which he played the giant Biggum, who was so tall only his feet were seen and his voice heard, Sorry!‘Allo ‘Allo! and Bungle in the children’s television series Rainbow. Leeson is also the voice behind the Space Gypsy characters on Children’s UK hospital radio.

Today, he is now most likely to be heard as continuity announcer on Channel 4 in Britain. He also contributed to the charity reference book Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who.


Terry Molloy – Davros

Montmorency Montgomery Bear has been Sage, Mentor, Yogi, Procurer of Suspicious Liquids and Chocolaty Substances to Terry Molloy since he was a mere ‘Youngling’ with grubby knees!

As a result of Monty’s sparkling advice and party animal persona, Terry’s career has risen to the dizzy depths of infamy… working continuously on Radio, TV, Film, and Stage, for the past ‘nearly fifty years’ with all the enthusiasm and dedication of a racing slug!

Monty has helped Terry win several prestigious Radio and Audio Drama Awards both in the UK and the USA., though no-one is quite sure how he got the money together for the bribes. In 1973 Terry joined the cast of BBC RADIO 4’s “THE ARCHERS” as ‘Mike Tucker’. Forty-four years later, he is still a regular in Ambridge!

It has long been believed that it was Monty’s penchant for ‘evil intelligences’ and the tutoring he gave, that enabled Terry to take on the mantle of ‘Davros’, creator of the Daleks in “DOCTOR WHO” from 1983 until the closure of the ‘Classic Series’, and then voicing the character in many Big Finish audio adventures, including the much acclaimed four part mini-series “I, Davros”. Monty’s secret love of the downright weird also pushed Terry into the cult paranormal comedy audio series “The Scarifyers” as ‘Prof. Edward Dunning’ to David Warner’s ‘Harry (Thumper) Crow’.

Terry’s screen career has been blighted by Monty trying to market him as ‘The New Schwarzenegger’, but recent work on a number of mainstream and Indie films with talent like John Hurt, Roger Lloyd Pack, Neve Cusack, Caroline Catz, & Eileen Atkins, have restored Terry’s faith in cakes (in fact most foodstuffs… apart from pasta!) as a spiritual catalyst to his burgeoning waistline.

When not playing Ukulele or travelling the world with his long suffering Teddy Bear ‘Monty’ as a companion, Terry enjoys the quiet life… walking his dogs on the beaches of rural Norfolk.. and counting sheep.

 


Jason Haigh-Ellery – Director/Producer

 

Jason Haigh-Ellery has produced and/or directed over 300 audio and radio plays, including the highly successful Doctor Who: The New Audio Adventures series, working with actors such as David Tennant, Paul McGann, Sir Derek Jacobi, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, David Warner, Anthony Stewart Head, Mark Gatiss, Simon Pegg, Sheridan Smith, David Walliams and Matt Lucas. Two of the scripts from the audio adventures have been adapted for the new BBC television series. He recently directed David Tennant in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright. In co-production with the BBC he has produced the unmade 1979 Douglas Adams’ script Shada and Ghosts of Albion with Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Christopher Golden and produced a new version of the classic horror The Phantom of the Opera which was broadcast over Christmas 2007. In theatre, Jason has produced Henry V, As You Like It, Days of Hope and Snoopy the Musical in London, Love Shack, High Society, Fly me to the Moon, Debbie Does Dallas – the Musical, Teenage Kicks, The Wedding Singer and Footloose – the musical on tour. In the West End he has produced the What’s on Stage Year on Year Review, Life Coach, Footloose – the musical, Shout!, A Christmas Carol and Never Forget.


Paul Magrs – Writer

 

Paul Magrs lives and writes in Manchester. In a twenty-five year writing career he has published novels in every genre from Literary to Gothic Mystery to Science Fiction. His most recent books include ‘Heart of Mars’, which is the concluding part of his ‘Lost on Mars’ trilogy from Firefly Press. His most recent contributions to the Doctor Who world include ‘Teddy Sparkles Must Die!’ in ‘The Missy Chronicles’, two stories in ‘Doctor Who – Tales of Terror’ and the BBC Audiobook, ‘The Thing from the Sea.’


Rob Shearman – Writer

An established theatrical playwright, Shearman has worked with Alan Ayckbourn, had a play produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and has received several international awards for his work in theatre.

His association with Doctor Who began with a play written for BBV Audios, “Punchline”, in which Sylvester Mc- Coy played the Dominie, a disguised version of the Seventh Doctor. This was penned under the pseudonym “Jeremy Leadbetter” (the name of a character from the popular BBC sitcom, The Good Life). Several audio plays for Big Finish followed: “The Holy Terror”, “The Chimes of Midnight”, and “Jubilee”, all winning Best Audio Drama in the Doctor Who Magazine polls of their respective years. He has also had Doctor Who short stories published.

Shearman wrote the television episode “Dalek” for the 2005 series of Doctor Who produced by Russell T Davies for the BBC. “Dalek” was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2006, and came in second in terms of votes for its category.

Other television work has included episodes of the 1950s-set rural drama, Born and Bred, broadcast on BBC One.


Simon Fraser – Comic Artist

Simon Fraser is a Scottish comics artist most known for co-created the Eagle Award winning Nikolai Dante for 2000AD, where he has also drawn Judge Dredd. Simon has drawn comics for Dark Horse, IDW, Image and Titan Comics. He worked on the 11th Dr Who comic book for 3 years. His most recent project is KINGSMAN:Red Diamond for Millarworld/Image. He lives in the Bronx NY .


John Peel – Writer

John Peel was born in Nottingham, home of Robin Hood, and grew up loving the tales about him. And lots and lots of other tales at the same time. Since then, he’s contributed a number of his own and has so far written over a hundred books. His latest works are the new adventures of Doctor Omega, in collaboration with noted Doctor Who artist Andrew Skilleter on this ongoing series. John has written novelizations of Doctor Who TV stories featuring the Daleks, as well as original stories for the good Doctor, and also original tales of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. He’s also penned novels based on shows like Star Trek and The Outer Limits, as well as an original novel of TV’s The Avengers (recently made into an audio play from Big Finish). He’s created his own fantasy worlds (Diadem and Dragonhome) and written numerous other novels for adults, young adults and children (and apologizes if he’s left anyone out).


Keith R.A. deCandido – Writer

Keith R.A. DeCandido has the utterly irrelevant distinction of being the first native-born American citizen to write official linear adult Doctor Who fiction, with his 1996 short story “UNITed We Fall” in Decalog 3: Consequences, published by Virgin, an anthology that also had a story called “Continuity Errors” by some obscure dude named Steven Moffat (wonder whatever happened to him…). Keith’s other contributions to the world of Who include short stories in the Short Trips anthology Destination Prague and the charity anthology Missing Pieces, editing the Short Trips anthology The Quality of Leadership (which included the first-ever Who fiction by Una McCormack, Peter David, and Diane Duane), and an essay on the 50th anniversary special for the award-winning popular-culture web site Tor.com (to which Keith regularly contributes pieces on TV shows and movies both contemporary and classic).

Keith is currently writing a series of Sherlock Holmes pastiche stories starring Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson in modern New York City. The second Shirley-and-Jack story will be debuting at the convention, “Six Red Dragons” in Baker Street Irregulars Volume 2: The Game’s Afoot. (The first, “Identity,” was in Volume 1.) Other recent and upcoming work of Keith’s includes the Orphan Black coffee-table book Classified Clone Report; Mermaid Precinct, the latest in Keith’s fantasy police procedural series; the Marvel’s Tales of Asgard trilogy of novels featuring Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three; A Furnace Sealed, the first in his urban fantasy series about a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters; upcoming books that tie into the worlds of DC Comics and Supernatural; and short stories in the anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Kingdoms Fall, Nights of the Living Dead, TV Gods: Summer Programming, and bunches more.

In 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. He is also a freelance editor, a third-degree black belt in karate, a musician, a veteran podcaster, a member of the Liars Club, an avid baseball fan, and probably some other stuff that he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net.

 


Guest Cancellations

The following guests will no longer be appearing at our event due to scheduling conflicts.

Pearl Mackie – 12th Doctor Companion Bill Potts

Pearl Mackie played 12th Doctor companion Bill Potts in Doctor Who, beginning with the series 10 story, The Pilot.

Pearl Mackie grew up in Brixton. According to an October 2016 interview, she desired to be an actor from the age of five, but found that “I didn’t see many people who looked like me on TV. There were hardly any strong black women.” The role models of Mackie’s childhood were all “tough women, not afraid to be vulnerable”: Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald. “They made me feel someone like me could do that.” Mackie’s first acting role was at the age of ten: Nancy in a school production of Oliver Twist.

Pearl will be appearing this spring in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre. We wish her all the best.

 


Guests subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments or other reasons.

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