It’s only mid-June, but eight months out from Gallifrey 2015 and we’ve already got our first confirmed guest lineup… the first of what we expect will be many such guest announcements to come. Thanks to our partners at Showmasters, Tenth Planet and Fantom Films, as well as our own direct contacts, we are delighted to welcome the following to our next convention:
First appearing in Doctor Who in the first season’s “The Unquiet Dead” playing servant girl Gwyneth, Eve Myles later made a big splash in the same universe as Gwen Cooper, fearless police detective and Captain Jack’s ally, in the spinoff series Torchwood. She later brought the character of Gwen to Doctor Who as well, at the end of the fourth series. Her other roles include a long stint on Belonging as well as Merlin, Little Dorrit and, coming soon, Broadchurch alongside David Tennant. She appears courtesy Showmasters Events.
Derrick Sherwin script edited Doctor Who (from “The Web of Fear” to “The Mind Robber”) before taking over the series as its producer on both Patrick Troughton’s swan song “The War Games” and Jon Pertwee’s debut “Spearhead from Space”, overseeing the show’s transition to color and retooling to its Earth-bound 1970s format. He made a cameo appearance in “Spearhead” as well. Sherwin is the classic Doctor Who series’ earliest surviving producer (only he and Philip Hinchcliffe remain) and has made only a few rare appearances. We are delighted to welcome Derrick to his first-ever North American appearance, courtesy our friends at Fantom Films.
Janet Fielding enjoyed popularity as bombastic Australian air hostess Tegan Jovanka in Tom Baker’s final Doctor Who serial and alongside Peter Davison for nearly two and a half years of his tenure. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Fielding worked in UK television until her retirement from acting in 1991, becoming an advocate for women in film and television and a theatrical agent. After an initial reticence to return to her famous Doctor Who role, she finally reprised the role of Tegan alongside her co-stars in 2006. Always popular at her rare convention appearances, we welcome her back for her third visit, sponsored by Tenth Planet.
Actress Sophie Aldred joined Sylvester McCoy’s seventh Doctor in 1987’s “Dragonfire” and become the final companion of the classic Doctor Who series, accompanying him throughout his final two seasons, as the teenage orphan Dorothy “Ace” McShane, mysteriously transported halfway across the universe. Since then, Aldred has reprised her role alongside McCoy for Big Finish’s long-running Doctor Who audio series. She has also remained active as a children’s television presenter and voice-over actress, and makes her fourth appearance at Gallifrey One.
Wendy Padbury portrayed Doctor Who’s Zoe Heriot, brilliant computer programmer from the Space Wheel and traveling companion to the Doctor, alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines from “The Wheel in Space” through the end of Troughton’s tenure in “The War Games”. She later reprised the role in “The Five Doctors” and again played Zoe in many of the Big Finish “Companion Chronicles” audio adventures. Later a theatrical agent (whose clients included many of the classic Doctor Who actors), she now lives in France and returns to Gallifrey One for her third appearance.
Danny Hargreaves is a BBC Wales special effects supervisor who has worked on Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood since DW returned in 2005. He has been the special effects supervisor on other programs such as Sherlock, DaVinci’s Demons, Wizards vs Aliens, Frankie and Switch. He also made guest appearances on Doctor Who Confidential and Torchwood Declassified. He has served as the de facto “public face” of Doctor Who special effects and his company, Real SFX, is currently making the next series of the show.
Andy Pryor been the casting director for Doctor Who since its 2005 return, and has therefore had a hand in choosing the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, along with all modern companions. As of 2010, Pryor is the longest-serving member of the BBC Wales team. He was also the casting director for the first three series of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Outside of the Doctor Who family of shows, he has been responsible for casting many of the most-acclaimed British shows of the early 21st century, such as Life on Mars, Survivors, Moses Jones, Whitechapel, Cutting It, Material Girl, Casanova and Red Cap.
Welsh actor Kai Owen became a fan favorite as Rhys Williams, Gwen Cooper’s husband, on the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood. His other work has included roles on DaVinci’s Demons, Rocket Man and Casualty, and a long-running stint on the Welsh drama Tipyn O Stad. Kai was beloved in his first Gallifrey One convention appearance several years ago (which included some amazing moments on our karaoke nights!) and we are thrilled to welcome him back for his second appearance, sponsored by Tenth Planet.
Frazer Hines – aka Jamie McCrimmon opposite Patrick Troughton’s Doctor – is not only as synonymous with Doctor Who as the Doctor himself, but returns for his unprecedented seventh appearance in a row at Gallifrey One. Well known for his work on Doctor Who as well as his long-running role on the British soap Emmerdale, Frazer has also been reprising his Jamie role for Big Finish on their many audio releases, and he’s also narrated the BBC Audio soundtracks as well. Beloved by fans and beloved by us, it just wouldn’t be Gallifrey One without him!
Terry Molloy took over the role of Dalek creator Davros in Doctor Who’s “Resurrection of the Daleks,” reprising the role in two subsequent stories. In recent years, he’s returned to the role for Big Finish’s audio series, including the spinoff “I, Davros” that he headlined. Known also for his work on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers as well as for a lengthy voiceover artist career, Molloy makes a long-awaited return to Gallifrey One in 2015, sponsored by Tenth Planet.
Acclaimed British film and television actor Christopher Neame is best known to Doctor Who fans as Skagra, the villain of the unfinished Tom Baker serial “Shada,” recently released on DVD. He now resides in the US, where he has made frequent film and TV appearances in such productions as Star Trek: Enterprise, Babylon 5, The A Team, Beauty and the Beast, Northern Exposure and JAG, as well as the films Licence to Kill, Ghostbusters II, Dracula AD 1972, Steel Dawn and Hellbound and for his voiceover work in video games. Neame will be joining us on the Saturday of Gallifrey One to talk about his career in an appearance sponsored by Showmasters Events.
Sarah Louise Madison
Actress Sarah Louise Madison has appeared in five Doctor Who serials, four of them as the principal Weeping Angel that have terrified the show’s audience, the fifth in “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” as the Time Zombie. She has also appeared in Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection and The Amityville Asylum. Madison will be joining us to talk about her experiences on the Doctor Who set playing such an iconic monster, and her appearance is sponsored by Showmasters Events.
From his beginnings as a Doctor Who fan writer and later novelist, Paul Cornell has since become one of today’s hottest comics writers, novelists and screenwriters, with credits including “Human Nature/The Family of Blood” and “Father’s Day” from the Doctor Who series revival, as well as TV series such as Robin Hood, Primeval, Coronation Street and Casualty, and comics such as “Wolverine,” “The X-Men” and “Saucer Country”. Once a regular at Gallifrey One events, he returned for our anniversary last year and makes a repeat visit in 2015.
Gary Russell is the former script editor of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, and one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers of the spinoff Doctor Who media from Virgin Publishing, BBC Books and Big Finish Productions, as well as a long-time Gallifrey One convention participant. He’s currently working on a new series in Australia but is taking a quick break to visit us once again for his thirteenth appearance.
Comics writer, screenwriter and playwright Tony Lee has written for IDW’s Doctor Who comics series, Big Finish’s audio productions and has written for Marvel Comics, Panini, DC Comics, Markosia Comics and Titan Comics, among others. One of the busiest men in the industry, we are happy to welcome him for a return visit.
Also making returns to the 2015 Gallifrey One convention are JASON HAIGH-ELLERY, Executive Producer, Big Finish Productions; SCOTT HANDCOCK, Doctor Who audio writer/director/producer & TV series production runner; DAVID J. HOWE, Telos Publishing Editor/Publisher; RICHARD STARKINGS, famed comics letterer/editor; STEVE ROBERTS of the Doctor Who Restoration Team; ARNE STARR, actor, writer, illustrator; SAM STONE, vampire/horror novelist; CHRISTOPHER JONES, popular comics illustrator; and authors GRAEME BURK & ROBERT SMITH? (“Who Is The Doctor?”).
And of course… THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING! We will be making many guest confirmations over the course of the next eight months, and have only begun to scratch the surface. We’re aiming to make 2015 our biggest year ever for talent, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned.