The following are confirmed guests appearing at Gallifrey 2014.
The Sixth Doctor from Doctor Who, Colin Baker was in the role from 1984-1986 for over two seasons during some of the program’s most controversial times. He later returned to the role for the 1993 special Dimensions in Time, before revisiting – and revising – the role for Big Finish Productions’ continuing Doctor Who audio adventures. This will be Colin’s fifth visit to Los Angeles.
After portraying bumbling UNIT operative Josephine “Jo” Grant during the Jon Pertwee era in the early 1970s to rave reviews, Katy Manning later returned to the role (as the married Jo Jones) in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode “Death of the Doctor”. She also plays both Jo as well as the character Iris Wildthyme on audio adventures from Big Finish Productions. She comes to us for her third visit, sponsored by Tenth Planet.
Nicola Bryant played Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown opposite two Doctors, Peter Davison and Colin Baker, from 1984-1986, as the first American-born companion (even though Nicola herself is from the UK). She returned to the role of Peri for Big Finish Productions, including her tour-de-force “Peri and the Piscon Paradox” in which the character’s life story was revealed. She’s also directed audio plays and has an extensive stage repetoire.
CAROLE ANN FORD
Originally cast as Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s enigmatic granddaughter, in 1963, Carole Ann Ford represents the very foundation of Doctor Who, as one of two surviving members of the original cast. Since then, she’s been seen in countless film and television appearances, and to this day remains an ambassador from the show’s founding team. Having had to skip 2013 due to health reasons, we are delighted to welcome her back to LA for her first visit in 12 years, courtesy Tenth Planet.
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 was 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 TV in the adaptation of the film “9 to 5″).
Matthew Waterhouse created the role of Adric in “Full Circle” opposite Tom Baker… a character that then stowed away in his adventures in E-Space and later joined as a full member of the TARDIS crew, opposite Lalla Ward, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton, and later making the transition to Peter Davison’s Doctor. Waterhouse, now a resident of New England, returns for his third visit to Gallifrey One, courtesy Tenth Planet.
Gallifrey One’s now-perennial BFF in all possible ways, Frazer Hines – aka Jamie McCrimmon opposite Patrick Troughton’s Doctor – is as synonymous with Doctor Who as the Doctor himself. Frazer is beloved by fans and genuinely loves his fans just as much, and we’re delighted to welcome Frazer back for his sixth appearance in a row at our convention, once again aided by our friends David Howe & Sam Stone at Telos Publishing.
Making a return appearance after her visit just this past February, Deborah Watling rejoins us to celebrate a landmark: the recent recovery of two Doctor Who stories from season 5. Debbie will be returning to join Frazer Hines as we raise the roof to celebrate the recovery, as well as participate in the DVD releases of the stories and some special live commentaries.
Originally portraying a colonel from UNIT during the late Patrick Troughton years, John Levene became a series regular as part of the “UNIT Family” during the Jon Pertwee era as his character was upgraded to Sergeant John Benton. John was a regular Gallifrey One guest in our early years and we’re thrilled to welcome him back for his first official US convention visit after his return to his home country in 2012.
As Captain Mike Yates, Richard Franklin was also part of the “UNIT Family” during the Jon Pertwee era and later revisited the role alongside Tom Baker in BBC Audio’s radio and CD series to rave reviews. Always the gentleman, Richard Franklin is beloved for his kindness toward the Doctor Who fan community. This will be Richard’s fourth visit to Gallifrey One, courtesy Tenth Planet.
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.
Best known to Doctor Who fans as Cardiff mayor Margaret Blaine, or more accurately, Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, archnemesis of the Doctor, during the first season of the revived Doctor Who, Annette Badland recently joined the cast of the new Russell T. Davies-led series “Wizards vs. Aliens” as Ursula. This is her first American convention appearance and we are thrilled to have her.
Cast as Adam Mitchell, the “companion that wasn’t,” Bruno Langley appeared in both “Dalek” and “The Long Game” opposite Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper (that is, before Eccleston’s Doctor kicked him out in the most hilarious of bittersweet endings). A fan favorite who was unable to make it in 2013, this will be his first Gallifrey One appearance.
British actor Nabil Shaban is both the founder of The Graeae, a theatre group in the UK that promotes actors with disabilities, as well as the famed Doctor Who character actor who brought the venomous Sil to life opposite Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant in “Vengeance on Varos” and “Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp” (and later on audio in the famous ‘lost’ story “Mission to Magnus”). We are thrilled to welcome Nabil to his first Gallifrey One convention.
became well known as the Cyberleader in all of Doctor Who’s Cybermen stories during the 1980s, as well as for his turn on the stage in the play Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure (and actually played the Doctor for several performances!) David also penned the hardcover book “Doctor Who: Cybermen,” largely considered the official history of the metal villains, and the novel “Iceberg” for the Virgin Publishing New Adventures series in the 1990s. David will be appearing at the convention to promote and sign his four-CD set “The ArcHive Tapes: Cybermen” and appearing on several panels throughout the weekend.
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”.
American actress Lachele Carl, who works entirely in England, has appeared in all three Russell T Davies-led series — Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures — in the same role: as AMNM news anchorwoman Trinity Wells. Lachele has become a popular UK convention guest for her stories about working on all three shows, and joins us for her first US convention.
Stuart Milligan, also an American actor based in the UK, appeared as Richard Nixon in “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon” as well as Colonel Stark in the animated “Dreamland”. He was also a regular on Jonathan Creek and has appeared in several audio adventures for Big Finish Productions, and marks his first appearance in North America at Gallifrey 2014.
Velile Tshabalala had established herself as a regular on the BBC One series Kerching! and several UK comedy sketch variety shows before appearing as Rosita, the companion of David Morrissey’s “Doctor” in the David Tennant-helmed special “The Next Doctor”. She will be joining us at Gallifrey 2014 while working on a new film here in Los Angeles and we’re delighted to welcome her.
An American actor who spent over a decade working in the UK, Ross is known to fans as the Ringmaster from the Sylvester McCoy serial “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” and he also appeared in Jeeves & Wooster and The Tomorrow People. Ross also appeared as one of the ill-fated Marines, Private Frost, in Aliens, as well as dozens of TV appearances including Babylon 5, JAG, ER and The Practice. Ross will be signing throughout the weekend.
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
Ellie and 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). 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.
Steve Hughes directed “Closing Time,” one of the most praised episodes of Series 6 of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith, as well as the ‘prequel’ video to “Let’s Kill Hitler”. He has also directed episodes of such shows as “Casualty,” “Leonardo,” “Land Girls,” “Doctors” and “Waterloo Road” and has been a television and film writer, editor and producer. This is his first North American appearance.
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.
Veteran film and television composer Dominic Glynn has written music for such varied productions as Dead Like Me, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, Red Dwarf, Eerie Indiana, The Simpsons, the Blake’s 7 audio revival and several video games, but is best known to fans as the composer of the surreal Doctor Who Season 23 (Trial of a Time Lord) theme music, along with the incidental music for the season, still used today on audios from Big Finish Productions.
From his humble 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, we are thrilled to welcome him back to celebrate our anniversary.
Acclaimed playwright Rob Shearman makes a return appearance at Gallifrey One to celebrate our anniversary. His Big Finish audios “Jubilee,” “The Chimes of Midnight” and “The Holy Terror” are still considered classics of the range, while his plays and short story collections have been reviewed extremely favorably in print. He’s also the co-writer of ”Running Through Corridors: Rob and Toby’s Marathon Watch of Doctor Who” with Toby Hadoke.
Stephen Cole was once the commissioning editor for BBC Worldwide, including editing the BBC Books Doctor Who novel range, and an executive producer at Big Finish Productions. With such novels and scripts as “The Ancestor Cell,” “Timeless,” “The Land of the Dead” and “The Wormery” under his belt, Steve has gone on to be a popular children’s writer, as the creator of the “Astrosaurs” book series. He makes a return to Gallifrey One to help us celebrate our anniversary after nearly a decade.
Writer, producer, script editor, director… Gary Russell has been a cornerstone of the world of Doctor Who for several decades, including founder and producer at Big Finish Productions, script editor of The Sarah Jane Adventures, editor of Doctor Who Magazine, and the executive producer of the Gallifrey audio range. One of Gallifrey One’s most enduring and beloved commentators and authorities on all things Doctor Who, we welcome Gary back for another year of adventure.
Keith Topping was, alongside Paul Cornell and Gary Russell, a long-time Gallifrey One regular for many years, during a successful career of both Doctor Who fiction (“The Devil Goblins from Neptune,” “The Hollow Men”) and television series non-fiction (including books on Buffy, The West Wing, Angel, Stargate SG-1 and as part of the trio behind “Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide”). We are delighted to welcome back Keith for a return visit in honor of our anniversary.
Phil Ford was the co-executive producer of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and a producer & writer on “Doctor Who” alongside Russell T. Davies, and he has recently co-created the new series “Wizards vs. Aliens”. Phil joins us for a return visit (after a year’s absence) to tell us all about his new series.
Popular Doctor Who novelist Peter Anghelides is a long-time friend of Gallifrey One as well as the author of such novels as “The Ancestor Cell,” “Kursaal” and “Frontier Worlds,” as well as a writer for several Big Finish audio adventures. We are thrilled to welcome him back for our anniversary year.
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.
JASON HAIGH-ELLERY • Executive Producer, Big Finish Productions
DAVID GERROLD • Acclaimed Science Fiction Novelist/Screenwriter
JAVIER GRILLO-MARXUACH • Television Writer/Producer
NEV FOUNTAIN • “Dead Ringers”/Comedy/Doctor Who Audio Writer
DAVID J. HOWE • Telos Publishing Editor/Publisher
CHARLIE KIRCHOFF • IDDW Doctor Who Comics Colorist
MATTHEW DOW SMITH • IDW Doctor Who Comics Illustrator
STEVE ROBERTS • Doctor Who Restoration Team
SCOTT & DAVID TIPTON • IDW Doctor Who Comics Writers
SAM STONE • Vampire/Horror Novelist
RICHARD DINNICK • Journalist & Doctor Who Nonfiction Writer
ARNOLD T BLUMBERG • Doctor Who Nonfiction Writer & Publisher
SCOTT ALAN WOODARD • Animation Producer & DW Fiction Writer
CHRISTOPHER JONES • Award-winning Illustrator
PAUL HANLEY • Illustrator, “Iris Wildthyme”
GRAEME BURK & ROBERT SMITH? • Who Is The Doctor?
Note: Bonnie Langford, previously noted on this page as attending our convention, will not be able to be with us in 2014. We hope to welcome her during a future year.