Gallifrey One is delighted to welcome a new batch of confirmed guests for our 2014 convention, Gallifrey One: 25 Glorious Years, from two living legends in the annals of TV history, each with their own unique contributions to the history of Doctor Who, alongside many other new and interesting guests…
KATE O’MARA was already a well-known stage, film and TV actress in the UK when she made her Doctor Who debut in 1985 as the Rani, the Time Lord villainess and foil to Colin Baker’s sixth Doctor in “The Mark of the Rani,” and later returned to the role opposite Sylvester McCoy in his debut story “Time and the Rani”. She also reprised the role in the BBV independent audio “The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind” and the 1993 charity special “Dimensions in Time,” and is well known for her starring roles on “Dynasty,” “The Brothers,” “Triangle,” “Howard’s Way,” and as Patsy Stone’s sister Jackie on “Absolutely Fabulous”. Kate joins us courtesy Tenth Planet Events.
JEAN MARSH, meanwhile, was also making her mark on UK and US television in the late 50s and early 60s when she appeared as two memorable characters opposite William Hartnell’s original Doctor, first as Joanna in “The Crusade” and then as companion Sara Kingdom in the 12-part epic serial “The Daleks Master Plan”. Marsh returned to Doctor Who twenty-three years later as Morgaine opposite Sylvester McCoy in “Battlefield” and has also reprised the role of Sara Kingdom for Big Finish. But of course, Marsh will always be known as Rose Buck in both the original and revival series of “Upstairs, Downstairs” and for her villain roles in the films “Return to Oz” and “Willow” (not to mention, a brief stint on US television in the TV adaptation of the film “9 to 5″).
JACQUELINE KING joined the Doctor Who fold in 2006 as Sylvia Noble, mother of Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), in “The Runaway Bride,” a role she again returned to when Tate became a regular on the series. She was last seen in David Tennant’s final story “The End of Time” alongside co-stars Tate and Bernard Cribbins. King has been seen in such shows as “Coronation Street,” “55 Degrees North,” “Doctors” and “The Bill” and has become a popular UK convention guest reminiscing about her days on Doctor Who.
DEEP ROY, born in Kenya with Indian descent and working in the UK, is an actor, puppeteer and stuntman who made his contribution to Doctor Who in Tom Baker’s “The Talons of Weng Chiang” as the immortal Peking Homunculous, Mr. Sin. He made his debut in “The New Avengers” and guested in four episodes of “Blake’s 7.” He’s been seen in dozens of other roles in film & TV including “The X Files,” “Flash Gordon,” “Return to Oz” (as the Tin Woodsman), Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal,” “The Neverending Story,” “Return of the Jedi” and most recently as Keenser, the alien sidekick to Mr. Scott in “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
JAMIE GLOVER is the son of noted actor Julian Glover and will be portraying William Russell in the upcoming Doctor Who docudrama “An Adventure in Space and Time” due this November. With a lengthy TV career that includes a regular role on the UK soap “Jupiter Moon” and appearances in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “Cadfael,” “Dalziel & Pascoe,” “Waterloo Road” and “Holby City,” Jamie is also a successful voiceover actor regularly appearing in “Star Wars” games (including the villain Darth Malgus in “Star Wars: The Old Republic”).
ELLIE & JOSEPH DARCEY-ALDEN are two young actors who made their Doctor Who debuts in “The Snowmen” last Christmas, as the young wards of Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), Francesca and Digby. Ellie made several appearances on “Holby City” and was also seen as the young Lily Potter in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″. Her brother Joseph has done several independent short films and both are in Los Angeles during February working on film roles.
TOBY HADOKE makes a long-awaited return visit to Gallifrey One to bring us a special performance of his second play, “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver,” which will take place on our main stage on Friday night. The sequel to his popular hit “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf,” which he performed several years ago at our convention, “Stepson” has been widely praised by reviewers and we’re delighted to welcome him back to LA to perform it. Toby, who is also a regular contributor to the BBC Doctor Who DVD line as commentary moderator and documentary guest and who is co-writer of the “Running Through Corridors” book series with fellow guest Rob Shearman, will also be participating in our programming throughout the weekend.
We are also thrilled to official welcome back several past guests of the convention in recent years including famed science fiction writer David Gerrold (“The Trouble with Tribbles”), television producer & writer Javi Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), Doctor Who audio writer and comedian Nev Fountain (“Dead Ringers”), author and journalist Richard Dinnick and Iris Wildthyme illustrator Paul Hanley.
One sad note, however… unfortunately for us, Bonnie Langford will not be able to be with us in 2014 due to a new professional engagement that runs through next February. We hope to have her with us instead in a future year.
We still have plenty of guests left to confirm in the future — as well as, very soon, some major programming updates — so keep watching this space.