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Doors Open 9:00am Saturday 31st August at QUAD, Derby.


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Nabil Shaban


Born in Amman, Jordan, Nabil came to the UK at a young age. He studied at the University of Surrey in the late 1970s. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the university for services in the promotion of Disability Arts.

Of course, he is best known to us for playing the wicked Sil in two stories during the Sixth Doctor era: Vengeance on Varos (1985) and Mindwarp (1986). He reprised the role in the Big Finish audio dramas Mission to Magnus (2009) and Antidote to Oblivion (2013), both again written by Philip Martin.

He has appeared in several films, including Born of Fire (1983), City of Joy (1992), Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein (1993), Gaias børn (1998), and Children of Men (2006), and has also worked as part of the Crass Collective. In 2011, he played the Roman emperor Constantius II at the National Theatre in Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean.

In 2003 he made a TV documentary titled The Strangest Viking in which Nabil explored the possibility that Viking chieftain Ivar the Boneless may have had osteogenesis imperfecta, the same condition he himself has. He has also published a trilogy of Ivar the Boneless screenplays on Kindle, representing the Viking chieftain as a disabled Danish prince with brittle bones and unable to walk.

Nabil was nominated Best Actor in Scottish theatre in 2005, by the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS), for his role as Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, a Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh) production.

Nabil’s play The First To Go premièred in May 2008, and focused on the disabled victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

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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.

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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