Counting down to Whooverville 9!

2 September 2017 at QUAD, Derby.

Guests

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More guests will be added as they are confirmed.

Please remember all announced guests appear subject to work commitments.

William Russell

WILLIAM RUSSELLIt gives us just a ridiculous amount of pleasure to be able to announce that the legendary William Russell has accepted our invitation to join us at Whooverville 9. I feel a bit silly attempting to explain who William is, but for the sake of form… together with our other Whooverville 9 guest Carole Ann Ford, William was one of the original quartet of stars of Doctor Who, playing heroic science teacher Ian Chesterton, a role to which he has returned in recent years for Big Finish Productions.

William’s career in film and television goes back to the 1940s and he has appeared in a number of classic films, including The Man Who Never Was and The Great Escape. On television, he was the star of The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and appeared in any number of shows such as Armchair Theatre, Dr Finlay’s Casebook, Father Brown, Crown Court, Van der Valk, Shoestring, The Professionals, The Black Adder, Robin of Sherwood, Boon, Coronation Street, Casualty, Poirot etc, etc. His most recent TV appearance was in the the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Docu-Drama, An Adventure in Space and Time.

It will be an enormous pleasure to welcome him to Derby QUAD on 2nd September.

Many thanks to our friend Derek Hambly of Tenth Planet Events, for arranging this on our behalf.

Carole Ann Ford

Carole Ann FordOf course, Carole Ann was one of the original cast of Doctor Who back in 1963, playing the Doctor’s Granddaughter Susan and as such is very much Doctor Who royalty..

After leaving Doctor Who in 1964, Carole Ann went on to other projects in a long and diverse career. Her theatrical work includes many comedies, dramas and musicals, including The Jungle Book, Stranger in the House, Bakerloo to Paradise, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Rumpus, Pride and Prejudice, Inadmissible Evidence, Enrico, Expresso Bongo, Sleeping Beauty, You Never Can Tell, Ned Kelly, Mother, MacBett, The Boy Friend, Have You Seen Manchester, and Private Lives.

Her film appearances include Sarah (about the life of French actress Sarah Bernhardt), The Day of the Triffids (1962) as the blind French girl Bettina, Mix Me a Person (1962), The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966), and The Hiding Place (1975). In addition to Doctor Who, her television appearances include Suspense (in the episode “Man on a Bicycle”), Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (in the episode “Affairs and Relations”), Public Eye,[3] Emergency Ward 10, Attorney General, Moonstrike, Compact, Probation Officer, and Dial M for Murder.

Carole Ann mostly stopped acting in 1977 and has since taught voice and presentation skills and dialogue coaching to politicians, businesspeople, after-dinner speakers and actors. However, she reprised the character of Susan for both the series’ 20th anniversary TV special, The Five Doctors (1983), and 30th anniversary charity special, Dimensions in Time (1993). In recent years, she has again taken on the role of Susan for Big Finish in Companion Chronicles, Lost Stories, Early Adventures and in full cast adventures opposite the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann.

For the show’s 50th Anniversary in 2013, Carole Ann played the cameo role of Joyce in An Adventure in Space and Time, and appeared in the anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

We feel deeply honoured that Carole Ann has accepted our invitation and look forward very much to meeting her.

Guests
Joseph Long

Joseph LongJoseph is an Italian-English actor, who has appeared in numerous BBC television productions including Ashes to Ashes,The Bill, Sherlock and EastEnders and in films including The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as film director Carlo Ponti. He portrayed Bernardino Drovetti in the BBC television documentary drama Egypt and was also in the BBC3 Comedy Cuckoo as restaurant owner Alexandro.

He has made two very memorable appearances in Doctor Who, the first of which was as lovable Queen fan Rocco Colasanto, father of the family with whom Donna, Wilf and Sylvia are billeted in the alternative universe in the Series 4 episode Turn Left. Joseph returned to Doctor Who this year to play the Pope in the episode Extremis.

Nicola Bryant

Nicola BryantIt is now well known that straight after training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Nicola’s secured her first professional role playing the American companion Peri in Doctor Who opposite both Peter Davison and Colin Baker; a part she played for 3 years. Other TV credits include guest appearances in Black Adder’s a Christmas Carol; Casualty; Cravings; Animal Ark; Doctors; Holby City; Love in Hyde Park; My Family (twice); the award winning comedy 10% ers, 3 series of The Biz, and the recent BBC drama New Blood.

West End theatre includes Killing Jessica (Karen-lead) (Savoy) and the award winning productions of both Strive (Girl-lead) (Duke of York’s) and Tom Stoppard’s Award winning Rock ‘n’ Roll (Candida) (Duke of York’s).

Other leading theatre roles include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (Honey), Twelfth Night (Olivia); Skin Deep and Come on Jeeves, (Chester Gateway) Secret Garden (Martha) (Leicester) Spring’s Awakening and Absurd Person Singular (Eva), (Vienna’s English Theatre); The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Leah) (Derby Playhouse) and touring in lead roles in So Long on Lonely Street; The Great Gatsby (Daisy Buchanan); Dinner With George; Home Truths; A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Hermia); Don’t Look Now (Laura) The Trouble With Old Lovers (Alice) and various Pantomime leads and acclaimed fringe productions.

Film includes, The Theory of Everything; The Telegram Boy; The Untold Story; The Wager; and the controversial drama documentary on Princess Diana’s inquest, There are Dark Forces. Last year Nicola also had a cameo in the award-winning movie The Head Hunter.

Nicola’s audio recordings include too many works to name for Radio, Audible Books and Big Finish Productions, but the trilogy she recorded for BFP with Colin Baker, which follows on directly from where Peri’s role in the tv series finished, she particularly enjoyed. Nicola has also recently recorded two BBC audio Twelfth Doctor Adventures for the BBC. The second will be released at the end of this year.

This year Nicola is also very excited that she will be following in Colin Baker’s footsteps and appearing in an episode of Star Trek Continues.

Toby Hadoke

Toby HadokeToby is an actor and comedian, much of whose work is informed by his love of Doctor Who, including his acclaimed shows Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf and My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver.

Apart from his comedy, Toby is also well known for his very long running and rather wonderful podcast Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round and for his work on a number of BBC DVD extras and commentaries.

Toby played the racist barman in the BBC’s Doctor Who anniversary special, An Adventure in Space and Time and has a recurring role in the Big Finish Fourth Doctor Adventures as Mr Dorrick, minion to the evil Cuthbert. With Rob Shearman Toby is the author of the Running Through Corridors books from Mad Norwegian Press, the second volume of which covering the 1970s, was published earlier this year. He has recently been working with Fantom Films, presenting their Cult Conversations DVD range and moderating their Doctor Who alternative commentaries CD series, Who Talk.

Toby joined us briefly at Whooverville 8 as a sponsored guest, but this year we are delighted that he is he returning as a full official Whooverville guest.

Jessica Martin

Jessica MartinJessica first came to prominence in the 1980s as a comedy impressionist in shows such as Spitting Image, Copy Cats and Bobby Davro’s TV Weekly. She went on to star in the West End hit show Me and My Girl and to play many leading musical roles including Mabel in the 1996 production of Mack and Mabel at the Piccadilly Theatre, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. She played the Lady of the Lake in the national tour of Spamalot in 2011, Lottie Ames in the award-winning production of Mack and Mabel and Lottie Lacey in the revival of William Inge’s Dark at the Top of the Stairs.

1988 Jessica was cast as the werewolf Mags in the Seventh Doctor story, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, she returned to the series in 2007, providing the voice of the Queen in the Christmas special Voyage of the Damned.

In recent years, Jessica has developed a second career as a comics writer. Her first published work was a story illustrated by her ‘mentor’ Mark Buckingham, leading artist on Vertigo’s “Fables” series which was included in the Thought Bubble Anthology 2013. Her first comic written and drawn by herself was “It Girl” about silent film superstar Clara Bow. It was self-published in November 2013 and was selected as one of the “Ten Must Own Comics 2013″ by Broken Frontier’s Small Press website.

Her first graphic novel Elsie Harris Picture Palace set in the 1930s British film industry was short listed in the Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize 2014. It was published in Spring 2015.

We look forward to welcoming Jessica to Whooverville at Derby QUAD on Saturday September 2nd, and also to a special Whoovers meeting, An Evening with Jessica Martin on Friday July 7th.

Frazer Hines

Frazer HinesWe are thrilled to announce that our good friend Frazer Hines will be with us at Whooverville. Of course Frazer Hines has played Jamie on and off for over fifty years now, most recently for Big Finish, for whom he also reincarnates the Second Doctor. Frazer was last our guest at Whooverville 3, so it really is time he came back. It will be great to see him again, we are looking forward to it immensely.

Phil Ford

Phil FordWe are delighted to be welcoming yet another old friend of the Whoovers to Whooverville 9. PHIL FORD is a writer best known for his Doctor Who episodes The Waters of Mars (co-written with Russell T. Davies) and Into the Dalek (co-written with Steven Moffat), as well as for the Doctor Who animation Dreamland, the Doctor Who Adventure Games, the Torchwood episode Something Borrowed and for many episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, on which he was successively Head Writer and Producer. In fact Phil is (apart from Davies), the only writer to have contributed to Doctor Who and to both spin-off series. With Russell, Phil then co-created Wizards vs. Aliens, for which he has also written many episodes.

Other notable work has included 23 episodes of New Captain Scarlet and contributions to Coronation Street, Heartbeat, Bad Girls, The Bill, Taggart and Waterloo Road. Phil was a terrific guest at a Whoovers meeting last year and we very much look forward to seeing him again.

Michael Pickwoad

Michael PickwoadWe are very pleased to be welcoming another old friend of the Whoovers to Whooverville 9. Michael is the curent production designer for Doctor Who a role he has filled since 2010. He is the son of much loved actor William Mervyn, who appeared in the Doctor Who story The War Machines.

Michael’s career began in the early 1970s and he has worked steadily since. One of his very earliest jobs as production designer was Withnail and I, the film which was crucial to the careers of both Richard E Grant and Paul McGann.

Since the early 1990s he has lead the art departments of many television programmes, including Murder Most Horrid, Kavanagh Q.C., Agatha Christie’s Poirot, The Old Curiosity Shop, the highly-acclaimed film Longford starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan and the first episode of Lost in Austen. His final production before coming to Doctor Who was the 2009 revival of The Prisoner. He was also Production Designer for Russell T. Davies’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and for the recent Doctor Who spin-off Class.

Michael was a splendid guest at a Whoovers meeting in 2015, having had to withdraw from Whooverville 7. We very much look forward to seeing him again.

Philip Hinchcliffe

Phillip HinchcliffePhilip Hinchcliffe is one of the very best regarded producers that Doctor Who was ever lucky enough to have, presiding over what many regard as a classic period of the show, during the first half of the Fourth Doctor era. Philip formed a tremendous partnership with script editor Robert Holmes, which saw the creation of many fan-favourite stories, including Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

After leaving Who, Philip went on to a long and successful career in TV and film, including producing a number of very highly regarded productions.

Philip was a guest of the Whoovers for a splendid night in 2014, and was due to come to Whooverville 8, but for a scheduling clash. So this will be his first appearance at Whooverville. Our thanks go to Philip for accepting our invitation.

Sponsored Guests
Dicken Ashworth

DickenDicken Ashworth is a Yorkshire born actor who has had a long career in film and TV.

His film credits include King of the Wind, Force 10 from Navarone, Tess, Krull and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

On television, Dicken played Alan Partridge in Brookside from 1983 to 1985, Geoff Horton in Coronation Street from 1992 to 2000 and Duke Woods in Emmerdale from 2007 to 2008. Other television credits include Grange Hill, Juliet Bravo, Minder, The Chinese Detective, C.A.T.S. Eyes, The Bill, Boon, Inspector Morse, Dangerfield, Keeping Up Appearances and Where the Heart Is.

In Doctor Who, Dicken played Sezon, in the 1985 Sixth Doctor story Timelash; and in Blake’s 7, he was Gunn-Sar in the 1981 episode Power.

We are delighted to be welcoming Dicken to Whooverville 9, and offer many thanks to Ian Kubiak and all at Cygnus Alpha.

Please remember that as a sponsored guest, Dicken will charge for autographs.

Matthew Dale

Matthew DaleReturning from Whooverville 8, Matthew Dale will be at Whooverville 9. Matthew played Big John in the Series 8 episode Robot of Sherwood and has also appeared in shows such as Casualty, Stella and Teachers as well as in Star Wars: Rogue One. He is not to be confused with the NZ actor of the same name.

Matthew appears at Whooverville as a sponsored guest and as such will charge for autographs. We look forward to welcoming him back to Derby and to our convention.

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Photos from Past Whooverville Events

Tickets

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Tickets

Tickets on sale now from Derby QUAD priced between £10 and £40. Visit the Derby QUAD Website for more details and to order your tickets.

About Whooverville

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Whooverville is the East Midlands’ biggest annual get-together to fans of the BBC TV series ‘Doctor Who’. Organised by Derby’s local Doctor Who group, the Whoovers, one of the most popular fan groups in the UK, Whooverville is a day of fun for all ages. Whooverville event is a chance to have your photo taken with the TARDIS, catch up on gossip from the latest series, purchase new and classic merchandise, take part in a Doctor Who pod-cast, add to the autograph album and meet some of the people from in front of and behind the camera.

The event is held at QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby. DE1 3AS.

Stay in touch

For more information you can send a message or contact Steve Hatcher by post at 'Kenfield', Mappleton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. By telephone on 01335 350397 or by email at shatcher@w3z.co.uk