The 2016 Gallifrey One convention is still many months away, but we’re thrilled to have the following guests confirmed as the first wave of our 2016 guest lineup, with many more to be announced in the weeks and months to come.
The legendary actor who brought the Fifth Doctor to life from 1981-1984 as the replacement for Tom Baker – and for many years thereafter on audio from Big Finish Productions – Peter Davison has been a fan favorite ever since. He’s also well known as Tristan Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small and David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites and more recently played Henry Sharpe on Law & Order: UK; meanwhile, his phenomenal Doctor Who pastiche “The Five(ish) Doctors Redux” has been universally applauded. Gallifrey One 2016 will be his fifth visit to Los Angeles, and his first since 2011, and we are thrilled to welcome Peter back for a visit.
Samuel Anderson made a big splash as Danny Pink, maths teacher and boyfriend of Clara Oswald during Series 8 of Doctor Who alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, appearing in eleven episodes of the series. Anderson has an extensive stage repertoire including appearing in The History Boys on Broadway and in the West End, and has appeared in such TV series as Hex, Totally Frank, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale, Doctors, Casualty and Death in Paradise, as well as most recently appearing in the Sky1 series Trollied. We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Anderson for a visit to Los Angeles in 2016, in an appearance sponsored by Showmasters Events.
Nicola Bryant is well known to Doctor Who fans as the bubbly American tourist Perpugilliam “Peri” Brown, who appeared as a companion of both the Fifth (Peter Davison) and Sixth (Colin Baker) Doctors in the mid-1980s. She has since reprised the role of Peri in dozens of audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, for which she has also directed several audio stories. Bryant has been active in the British theater for several decades, as well as appearing in such TV series as Blackadder, Holby City, Scoop, My Family, Doctors and Casualty. A popular and entertaining guest at conventions, we are thrilled to welcome Nicola back to LA.
Neve McIntosh played a Silurian renegade, Alaya, in two episodes of Doctor Who before creating her most popular role, Madame Vastra, head of the Paternoster Gang investigation team and a strong ally of the Doctor, opposite both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. Her extensive list of television credits include appearances on Critical, Dracula, Ripper Street, Lip Service, Case Histories, Single Father, Law & Order: UK, Casualty, Bodies, Sea of Souls, Agatha Christie’s Marple and Gormenghast. This will be her second visit to Gallifrey One (she was slated to appear last year but a long-running play kept her away) and we’re delighted to welcome her back.
Longtime character actor Julian Glover is well-known across the science fiction genre, from his two appearances in Doctor Who – opposite William Hartnell in “The Crusade” and later with Tom Baker as the diabolical Scaroth in “City of Death” – as well as his feature film appearances as General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back and the villainous Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. His lengthy career includes appearances in The Fourth Protocol, Midsomer Murders, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Ivanhoe, Troy, Space: 1999, Blake’s 7, Remington Steele, The Young Victoria, and most recently he has portrayed Grand Maester Pycelle in five seasons of Game of Thrones. We are delighted to welcome Julian for his first Gallifrey One appearance courtesy Coolwaters Productions.
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 eighth 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 and his recent appearances on Outlander (as Sir Fletcher Gordon), Frazer has also been reprising his Jamie role for Big Finish on their many audio releases – and more recently has also been featured as the Second Doctor, his impression of his long-time friend and colleague Patrick Troughton is spot on – 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!
Playwright and screen writer Peter Harness made his Doctor Who debut as writer of the Series 8 episode “Kill the Moon” for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, and he’s written two additional episodes for the forthcoming Series 9 due out this autumn (currently slated to be episodes eight and nine). Peter also penned the third series of Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh as well as the feature film Is Anybody There? starring Michael Caine and David Morrissey – for which he was nominated for a Writers Guild Award – as well as winning a Scottish BAFTA for an episode of Case Histories starring Jason Isaacs. After he sadly had to withdraw this past February due to illness, we are thrilled to welcome him to Gallifrey One 2016 for his first convention appearance.
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. Andy was slated to appear at our 2015 event but had to cancel due to his very busy schedule; we’re now thrilled to welcome him for his first visit to LA.
Actress India Fisher is the voice behind the character Charlotte “Charley” Pollard, one of Big Finish Productions’ most popular creations, opposite Colin Baker and Paul McGann, and more recently the star of her own series; the second series of Charlotte Pollard is due out in early 2016. She has appeared in the television series Dead Ringers and voiced Sophia Winchell in the webcast series Ghosts of Albion; she narrates BBC One’s cookery programme MasterChef and also performs voiceovers for television advertisements. India’s last visit to Gallifrey One was twelve years ago, so it’s definitely past time for a return visit, and we are thrilled to welcome her for next year’s convention.
Writer Paul Cornell’s credits including “Human Nature/The Family of Blood” and “Father’s Day” from the Doctor Who series revival, a lengthy list of Doctor Who novels and audio plays which include the creation of the popular character Bernice Summerfield, as well as TV series such as his own CITV show Wavelength as well as Robin Hood, Primeval, Coronation Street and Casualty, and a list of comics for Marvel, DC, Vertigo and 2000AD on titles such as Captain Britain and MI-13, Young Avengers, Wolverine, Knight and Squire, Batman and Robin, Action Comics, Demon Knights, XTNCT, Pan-African Judges and Saucer Country. He’s also written the novels Something More, British Summertime, London Falling and The Severed Streets. We welcome Paul back for another visit.
Longtime guest and friend of Gallifrey One, Phil Ford is an accomplished screenwriter and producer whose credits include co-writing “The Waters of Mars” with Russell T. Davies for David Tennant’s Doctor, and the second episode of the eighth series, “Into the Dalek,” starring Peter Capaldi, as well as the writer of the Doctor Who animated story “Dreamland”. Phil is also the former co-producer and head writer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and more recently executive produced and wrote for the three-season series Wizards vs. Aliens; he’s also written for such series as Bad Girls, The Bill and Coronation Street. Phil makes his seventh visit to Gallifrey One.
Gary Russell is the former script editor of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood and Wizards vs. Aliens, as well as the 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, including continuing to function as the senior producer of the Gallifrey audio series. He is currently part of the team at Planet 55 Studios in Australia producing the new science fiction animated series Prisoner Zero for ABC. Gary joins us for his fourteenth Gallifrey One appearance.
Comics writer, screenwriter and playwright Tony Lee has written for IDW’s Doctor Who comics series, Big Finish’s audio productions (for the Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield and Dorian Grey series) and has written for Marvel Comics, Panini, DC Comics, Markosia Comics and Titan Comics, among others. Among his most recent works are a MacGuyver series for Image Comics and a Battlestar Galactica miniseries for Dynamite Entertainment, as well as several recent teen novels, Stalker, Mister Scratch and Jigsaw Lady, with Noticed due in September. Tony returns to Gallifrey One in 2016 as both a program guest as well as the Master of Ceremonies of our 2016 Masquerade.