More guests will be added as they are confirmed.
Please remember all announced guests appear subject to work commitments.
More guests will be added as they are confirmed.
Please remember all announced guests appear subject to work commitments.
Born in Brisbane, Janet made her UK TV debut in a Hammer House of Horror episode in October 1980 at around the same time that it was announced she had been cast as the next Doctor Who companion. Between 1981 and 1984 Janet played the part of Tegan Jovanka, companion of the Fourth Doctor and Fifth Doctors and was one of the longest serving Who companions. Her connections to the show continued even after she left: in 1985 she made a guest appearance on Jim’ll Fix It in the Doctor Who sketch A Fix with Sontarans, alongside Colin Baker’s Doctor, and she played Mel during Sylvester McCoy’s audition for the part of the Seventh Doctor.
After Doctor Who she had a role in the ITV children’s drama Murphy’s Mob, followed by a part in Hold The Back Page.
In 1991 Fielding gave up acting to take up an administrative position with Women in Film and Television UK and later worked as a theatrical agent, at one point representing Paul McGann when he took the role of the Eighth Doctor.
In recent years Janet has returned to acting and the role of Tegan for Big Finish Productions.
These days, Janet’ s appearances at conventions have become increasingly rare, so it is with particular pleasure that we will be welcoming her to Whooverville. We look forward to meeting her.
Katy Manning will be joining us as a full Whoovervile guest, for the first time since Whooverville 2 in 2010.
Of course, Katy needs no introduction to fans of the classic series, in which she played beloved companion Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor from 1971 to 1973; to fans of a more recent vintage, who will remember her return to the role of Jo (now Jones) in the Sarah Jane Adventures story, Death of the Doctor (2010); and to Big Finish fans, who will know her for the role of Jo and for the equally memorable Iris Wildthyme.
Of course, Katy’s career has encompassed much more that Doctor Who, with a wealth of roles on stage, TV and film in this country, in the USA, in Australia, where she lived for many years and around the world.
It will be an absolute delight to welcome Katy back to Derby and to Whooverville.
Sophie Aldred is an old friend of our group and our convention, having last visited us in 2010, when she was a guest at Whooverville 2.
Sophie has family links with Derbyshire, which has always led us to think of her as very much one of our own. Of course, she is best known for playing the Seventh Doctor’s companion Ace, in many ways the template for many of the companions that were to follow in 21st Century Doctor Who, but we also look forward to asking her about her current online audio series Strangeness in Space, in which she stars with TV’s Trev and Simon.
Our thanks go to Sophie for agreeing to return to Whooverville.
Richard is a long-time contributor to Doctor Who Magazine, for whom he was a member of the original Time Team. He has also contributed to a number of Doctor Who DVD extras, including the acclaimed ‘Looking for Peter’ on The Sensorites DVD.
Richard also edits the occasional publication Nothing at the End of the Lane, the magazine of Doctor Who research and restoration, for which he has been responsible for uncovering a number of lost gems, including the Points West William Hartnell interview, the identity of the original Sarah Jane Smith and the Peter Cushing Doctor Who Radio Pilot Script.
Richard is the author of ‘Doctor Who on Location’, the guide to the filming locations of Doctor Who.
We are please to say that renowned Target books cover artist Jeff Cummins has accepted our invitation to return to this year’s Whooverville.
Since winning a Magpie art competition with a portrait of George Best in 1969, Jeff has had a successful career as a graphic designer and artist. In the 1970s he worked with the legendary Hipgnosis, designers of album covers, working with artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues and Peter Gabriel. His painting for the Paul and Linda McCartney
album ‘Wings Over America’ propelled him into the international arena. of course he is well-known to Who fans as the designer of the covers of a number of Target books.
More information on Jeff and his work can be found at http://www.jeffcummins.com/ We look forward to seeing Jeff again, after he was such a popular guest at Whooverville 7.
Mike’s early work for the BBC was as a holiday relief assistant. Following this, he became a full-time member of the BBC Visual Effects Department working on practical effects and models for a range of BBC programmes including Casualty, Top of the Pops, EastEnders, The Singing Detective, Proust and Tomorrow’s World among many others. He was one of the principal effects crew for Red Dwarf series 1 – 7 and worked as an effects assistant on the final four series of the original Doctor Who, before becoming a fully fledged effects supervisor in the early 1990s.
In 2005, Mike became the first person who worked on the original series of Doctor Who to also work on the revived version as model work supervisor, work which continues to the present day. Following the closure of the BBC effects department in 2004 he set up his own company The Model Unit which has contributed miniature effects sequences for Doctor Who, notably for Cold War and the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor as well as for various projects for the BBC, Moonshot and Primeval for ITV and the feature film Atonement for Working Title Films.
Mike is also well known as an author, writing eleven Doctor Who novels for the BBC and thee audio plays for Big Finish as well as Bernice Summerfield novels and numerous short stories.
John is the newly appointed editor of Celestial Toyroom, the long-running magazine of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.
John’s first professionally published stories appeared in Big Finish’s Short Trips books and he has since gone on to contribute to a number of fan produced and charity books, including the unofficial War Doctor anthology Seasons of War, of which he was Editorial Story Editor. He has written for a number of Watching Books You and Who range, editing the Blake’s 7 volume Blake’s Heaven for them.
We look forward to welcoming John Davies to Whooverville.
We are delighted to be able to announce the return of an old friend of our group and our convention.
Nicholas Briggs was in fact one of the first people we invited to Whooverville 1 back in 2009 and it will be great to see him again.
Since Nick first came as a guest to a Whoovers event back in 2002, he has become a major star in Doctor Who. As the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen, Ice Warriors, Judoon and sundry other races, he is one of the very few actors to have appeared in every series of the revived show and has also appeared in both spin-off series, being seen on-screen for the first time in the role of Rick Yates in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
Nick has successfully combined all of this with spending the last decade as Executive Producer of Big Finish Productions, in which role he has overseen the continued flourishing of the monthly range, the long-awaited debut of Tom Baker, the move into New Series areas, including the recent Tenth and War Doctor box sets, more and more spin-off series and the release of more and more cult TV related series including the Avengers, Survivors, The Omega Factor and the superb The Prisoner. There will be no shortage of things to talk to him about.
Michael Jayston delighted everyone with his fascinating stories and friendly, approachable attitude when he was our guest at a Whoovers meeting in 2015.
Michael was born in 1935 in Nottingham and trained as an accountant before deciding to pursue a career in acting. He went on to perform in many theater, television and film roles including Peter Guillam in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre and Tsar Nicholas in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. Of course he is best known to us as the evil future incarnation of the Doctor, The Valeyard, in The Trial of a Time Lord season of Doctor Who.
We are thrilled that Michael has accepted our invitation to come to Whooverville and look forward to seeing him again.
Eric Saward first came to Doctor Who as the writer of The Visitation, subsequently also writing the stories Earthshock, Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks as well as the radio play Slipback.
He served as script editor from Time-Flight, the last episode of season 19, to the penultimate episode of season 23 (The Ultimate Foe episode 1), resigning his position due to a disagreement with producer John Nathan-Turner. Eric also wrote several Target novelisations, mostly based upon stories he wrote or contributed to.
We look forward to welcoming Eric to QUAD and are sure he will prove an excellent guest.
Christopher is an extraordinarily talented voice artist and impressionist, who you may have caught earlier this year on The Doctor Who Fan Show. His “Patrick Troughton” is considered to be one of the best around, but is far from being the only voice he does. Chris will be recording novelty voice messages for our attendees and will be doing some voice work for us during the day too.
Ruth will be spending the day manning her stall, in particular selling copies of her new book The Extreme Autograph Hunters, a comedy adventure which she tells us contains a few Who references and which should appeal to both Who fans and autograph collectors alike.
Kal is a Whooverville regular and a long-time supporter of our event. During the day he will be at the Whoovers stall selling and signing copies of his book My Father and the Lost Legend of Pear Tree, which discusses his father’s battle with mental illness, culminating in his suicide. Being a fan, the book also contains references to Doctor Who.
Karen is an old friend and a member of our group, whose biography of Anthony Ainley, The Man Behind The Master, was published by Fantom Films last year and has recently been released as a talking book. Karen will be signing copies of the book at the Fantom table.
Ian has had a long and successful career on stage and screen, including regular roles in Emergency – Ward 10 (1966-67), Z-Cars (as PC Joe Skinner – 1969-75), When the Boat Comes In (1977-81) and Channel 5′s soap opera Family Affairs (as Angus Hart – 1997-99). He has guest starred in numerous television dramas, including The Bill, Dalziel & Pascoe and Sorry!. In 2011, he starred as Baron Sterling in the award winning feature film Dawn of the Dragonslayer.
Of course Ian is well-known to Who fans for playing the warrior Ixta in The Aztecs in 1964. He returned to Doctor Who in 2012 to play Nadeyan in the Big Finish audio drama ‘Dark Eyes’. Thus he holds the record for the longest gap between acting in two Doctor Who stories, at 48 years.
He has also written several television series, films and radio plays.
Ian will be spending the afternoon with Fantom Films at Whooverville as a sponsored guest, and we are very much looking forward to meeting him. Our thanks go to Dexter and Paul of Fantom for their generosity in allowing us to borrow him for an on-stage panel. Please remember that as a sponsored guest, Ian will charge for autographs.
Paul is an actor with a long and distinguished career on stage and screen. His best-known roles include Robert Hastings in Howards’ Way and violent P.E. teacher Mr. Hicks in Grange Hill. Paul was also a regular in Triangle as Charles Woodhouse.
He is, of course best known to Doctor Who fans for playing the Castellan in two stories, Arc of Infinity and The Five Doctors (“No, not the mind probe!”).
His other TV appearances include: Space: 1999, Secret Army, Enemy at the Door, The Bill, Doctors, Footballers’ Wives, Holby City, Look Around You and EastEnders and on film, he played an At-At driver in The Empire Strikes Back.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming Paul to Whooverville and thank Dexter and Paul of Fantom for their generosity in allowing us to borrow him for an on-stage panel. Please remember that as a sponsored guest, Paul will charge for autographs
Toby 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 has recently been working with Fantom, presenting their Cult Conversations DVD range and moderating their Doctor Who alternative commentaries CD series, Who Talk, which he will be signing.
The Whooverville team are delighted that once again our good friends at Fantom Films will be supporting our event and will be bringing some special sponsored guests along. Please remember that as a sponsored guest, Toby will charge for autographs, but will sign a personal item on purchase of a Cult Conversations DVD or a Who Talk CD (at £10).
Toby will be spending the morning of Whooverville with us and will be found at the Fantom table.
Toby Hadoke is an old friend of the Whoovers group, who really should have been to Whooverville before now. We are very much looking forward to seeing him again.
Gillian (Often billed as Gily Brown) is best known for having played Ohica in the ever-popular Fourth Doctor story The Brain of Morbius. Some years ago, Gillian was a guest at a 625 Lines Classic Television day at QUAD, co-sponsored by The Whoovers, so we are very much looking forward to seeing her again.
Please remember that as the second sponsored guest that Tenth Planet Events is bringing to Whooverville Gillian will charge for autographs.
Graham is best known for having played the ever-popular PC Tony Stamp in The Bill, between 1984 and 2009. Before then he played parts in some ten Doctor Who stories, including a Marshman in Full Circle; Cybermen in both Earthshock and The Five Doctors; and perhaps most notably the Melkur in The Keeper of Traken. We are very much looking forward to meeting him.
Whooverville has always had fantastic support from Derek Hambly and Tenth Planet, for which we are very grateful and we are delighted to be able to announce the first of the sponsored guests that he will be bringing to Whooverville 8 on September 3rd. Please remember that as a sponsored guest, Graham will charge for autographs.
We are delighted to announce that Peter Roy will be returning to Whooverville this year. Over a period of nineteen years, Peter played roles in nineteen different Doctor Who stories, mostly soldiers, guards or policemen, from the William Hartnell story The Myth Makers in 1965 to the Peter Davison story Resurrection of the Daleks in 1984.
Beyond Doctor Who, Peter has appeared in fourteen James Bond films, playing 006 in Thunderball; all three of the original Indiana Jones films, Batman Returns; Superman I, II, III and IV; and five of the Harry Potter series.
On TV he has appeared in five episodes of Blake’s 7 and in the TV version of The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.
Peter was a guest at Whooverville 2 in 2010 and we look forward to seeing him again. Please note, as a sponsored guest, Peter may charge for autographs.
Jamie Lenman is an English musician and illustrator.
He was the lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter for British alternative rock trio Reuben, from 2001 to 2008 whilst also working as an illustrator, which upon Reuben disbanding he made his primary focus. In 2013 he began releasing and performing music under Jamie Lenman, releasing his debut solo album Muscle Memory on 4 November 2013.
Jamie worked full-time as an illustrator for The Guardian from 2007 until 2014, and has frequently contributed to the Doctor Who Magazine under the pseudonym ‘BAXTER’, releasing a collection of his work so far for the magazine called ‘Whoah!’ in 2014, which is published by Miwk.
As a sponsored guest, Jamie will be signing copies of Whoah! and may charge for autographs. Many thanks to Matt West for organising this.
Michael is of course best known for playing Vila Restal, the only character to appear in every episode of Blake’s 7. Prior to that role, he was already known to Doctor Who fans for his role as Goudry in the 1977 Fourth Doctor story, The Sun Makers.
Since Blake’s 7, Michael has had a varied and busy career on stage and screen, including roles in Casualty and Yes Minister. He has recently been seen officiating at the funeral of Peggy Mitchell in his recurring role as Rev. Stevens in EastEnders, a part he has played since 2007.
As a sponsored guest, Michael will charge for his autograph, which will cost £10.
We very much look forward to welcoming Michael to Derby and thank Ian Kubiak of Cygnus Alpha, organisers of highly successful Blake’s 7 conventions, for his generosity in bringing such a splendid guest.
Sam began her professional writing career in 2007 when her first novel won the Silver Award for Best Novel with ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.
Since then she has gone on to write several novels, three novellas and many short stories. She was the first woman in 31 years to win the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel. She also won the Award for Best Short Fiction in the same year (2011).
Please note for our purposes Sam is sponsored guests. As such, she does not come under our two free autographs per guest policy.
David is best known for his many written works of non-fiction on Doctor Who. He is the UK’s leading historian on the subject, and has one of the biggest collections of Who memorabilia in the world.
Along with Stephen James Walker, he is Managing Director and Editor at Telos Publishing, renowned for their publishing work covering TV and Film as well as many outstanding fiction titles.
Please note for our purposes David is sponsored guests. As such, he does not come under our two free autographs per guest policy.
Matthew played Big John in the Series 8 episode Robot of Sherwood and has also appeared in shows such as Casualty, Stella and Teachers. 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 to Derby and to our convention.
Please note the following schedule is provisional and may change on the day.
|Cinema Two||Back Room
|Signings at the Whoovers Table|
|10.00||Sophie Aldred||Main Stage 2
Matthew Dale & Peter Roy
|Janet Fielding, Nick Briggs, Eric Saward||Katy Manning, Mike Tucker, Michael Jayston||Andrew-Mark Thompson
|10.40||Eric Saward||Main Stage 2
|Janet Fielding, Nick Briggs, Mike Tucker||Katy Manning, Michael Jayston||Andrew-Mark Thompson
|11.20||Mike Tucker||Main Stage 2
Richard Bignell & David J. Howe
|Janet Fielding, Nick Briggs, Katy Manning||Sophie Aldred, Gillian Brown||John Davies & Stephen Hatcher
Toby Hadoke, John Davies, Michael Jayston
|Katy Manning, Mike Tucker||Sophie Aldred, Eric Saward, Michael Keating||Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa
(My Father and the Legend of Pear Tree)
Sophie Aldred, Eric Saward, Matthew Dale
|Katy Manning, Mike Tucker, Michael Jayston||Janet Fielding, Nick Briggs||Andrew-Mark Thompson
|13.05||Paul Jerricho & Ian Cullen(Fantom Films)||Podcasters
Graham Cole, Gillian Brown, Peter Roy
|Katy Manning, Mike Tucker||Janet Fielding, Nick Briggs||John R. Walker & Stephen Hatcher
Janet Fielding, Michael Keating, Mike Tucker
|Eric Saward, Michael Jayston, Sophie Aldred||Graham Cole, Peter Roy||John R. Walker & Stephen Hatcher
Katy Manning, Nick Briggs, Richard Bignell
|Michael Jayston, Janet Fielding, Sophie Aldred||Matthew Dale, Eric Saward||Andrew-Mark Thompson
|15.00||Katy Manning||Janet Fielding, Sophie Aldred, Mike Tucker||Podcaster Individual Interviews
Nick Briggs, Eric Saward
|Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa
(My Father and the Legend of Pear Tree)
|15.40||Michael Jayston||Sophie Aldred, Nick Briggs, Eric Saward||Podcaster Individual Interviews
Janet Fielding Katy Manning
|John Davies & Stephen Hatcher
|16.20||Janet Fielding(to be joined by Sophie Aldred & Katy Manning)||Podcaster Individual Interviews
Sophie Aldred, Michael Jayston, Mike Tucker, Eric Saward
|17.10||Raffle, Thanks, Whooverville 9 & Goodbye|
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.