The 2016 Gallifrey One convention is still many months away, but we’re thrilled to have the following guests confirmed as the first two blocks 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.
Colin Baker is universally recognized – and beloved – as the sixth incarnation of The Doctor, a role he played from 1984-1986 during three tumultuous years of the program. He later returned to the role with much fanfare for Big Finish’s continuing series of audio adventures, where he became a fan favorite – a role he continues to this day. In recent years Colin has led a very busy career on the stage and in appearances on television, and more recently appeared in Peter Davison’s film “The Five(ish) Doctors,” the series “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” as well as “The White Iris” for the Star Trek Continues productions. This will be Colin’s seventh visit to LA in an appearance sponsored by Showmasters Events… and it’s always a party when Colin’s here!
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.
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!
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.
Catrin Stewart has most recently become familiar to Doctor Who fans in the recurring role of Jenny Flint, wife of Madame Vastra and part of the Doctor’s Paternoster Gang of allies, a role she originated opposite Matt Smith in “A Good Man Goes to War” and most recently was featured in Peter Capaldi’s opening story “Deep Breath”. Originally from Wales, Stewart was seen as Emma in the Sky1 comedy series “Stella” and Lily in “Misfits,” and she has an extensive stage background. We are thrilled to welcome her to Los Angeles for her first appearance here.
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.
Australian screenwriter Sarah Dollard has penned the script for the tenth episode of the upcoming Series Nine of Doctor Who, the second of two female writers for the season. Dollard wrote for the popular series “Neighbours” and the children’s show “The Saddle Club” in Australia and moved to the UK in 2008, where she has worked on “Merlin,” “Primeval,” “Being Human,” “The Game” as well as her own romantic comedy series “Cara Fi” for Welsh broadcaster S4C. Gallifrey One 2016 will be Sarah Dollard’s first convention appearance.
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 Jessica Martin guest starred in the Doctor Who serial “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” opposite Sylvester McCoy, and later voiced the Queen in “Voyage of the Damned” opposite David Tennant and starred in Big Finish’s audio drama “Signs and Wonders”; she was also a regular on the series Spitting Image, and has an extensive theatre, voiceover and musical background, including a variety of one-woman shows in the West End. More recently, she has transitioned in the comics industry with her comic “It Girl” about silent film star Clara Bow; her first graphic novel Elsie Harris Picture Palace set in the 1930s British film industry was short listed in the Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize in 2014. This will be Jessica’s first convention appearance in the US.
Returning guest Andrew Hayden-Smith appeared at one past Gallifrey One convention in 2010, shortly after appearing in the Doctor Who episodes “Rise of the Cybermen”, “The Age of Steel” and “Doomsday” as Jake Simmonds. Since then, he’s been an on-air presenter in the UK as well as a stage actor and spokesperson for the Albert Kennedy Trust, a group that homeless LGBT teens. Recently, Hayden-Smith returned to television in a featured role on former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies’ new series “Cucumber” which currently airs in the US on the Logo TV network. We are delighted to welcome Andrew back 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.
Nick Robatto was the props maker for Doctor Who beginning with the second series in 2006 all the way through the 2011 Christmas special “The Doctor, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” creating the iconic sonic screwdrivers and other props. Robatto left the production in 2011 to create Rubbertoe Props, which then continued to supply Doctor Who with props throughout the Matt Smith era, including as a major part of the team that built the series 7 TARDIS console room. In February 2013, Robatto established Rubbertoe Replicas, BBC Worldwide’s licensed premium replica prop house. Nick joins us for a second year, having been with us in 2015, and Rubbertoe will again be vending in our Dealers Room.
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.
Author Simon Guerrier has a lengthy history with Doctor Who, having written three novels for the BBC Books range (“The Time Travellers,” “The Pirate Loop” and “The Slitheen Excursion”) as well as a host of audio screenplays for Big Finish Productions, most recently “The Founding Fathers” and “The Locked Room” for their new First Doctor Boxed Set. Simon has also written for Doctor Who Magazine as well as several other TV series tie-in books, and recently edited the new anthology “The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who” with Marek Kukula. We’re happy to have Simon make a long-awaited return to LA.
Nev Fountain came to prominence for his comedy work with writing partner Tom Jamieson on the radio and TV program “Dead Ringers” and through their work on “Have I Got News For You” and “Loose Ends,” and then to Doctor Who fans as script editor for the webcast serial “Death Comes to Time”. Since then, Nev has been a prolific Doctor Who audio writer, most recently penning the script for “The Widow’s Assassin” which followed up on Peri’s life after leaving the Doctor. Nev is a long time friend of Gallifrey One and we are always happy to welcome him back to LA.
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.
Dr. Phil Plait is an astronomer, a noted skeptic and science writer, including for Slate Magazine’s popular online astronomy blog Bad Astronomy, and host of Phil Plait’s Bad Universe on the Discovery channel; he also worked on the imaging components of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cosmic Background Explorer. Phil is also a huge Doctor Who fan, co-hosting the Slate Plus Doctor Who Podcast. We’ve wanted to bring Phil to Gallifrey One for years and are thrilled we can do so in 2016; he’ll be participating in our science program track.
David Howe & Sam Stone
Longtime friends of Gallifrey One David J. Howe and Sam Stone once again return to LA to participate in convention programming. David has been a cornerstone of Doctor Who publishing for decades, as a popular nonfiction writer and proprietor of Telos Publishing, while Sam Stone is one of today’s most prolific gothic, horror and fantasy fiction novelists and short fiction writers, and co-writer of the forthcoming Doctor Who anthology film “The White Witch of Devil’s End”. We are always thrilled to have them join us for Gallifrey One and welcome them back to LA.