Where do I even begin with talking about my most recent event?
If anyone has ever considered going to this event I highly recommend it. I knew very little about it, apart from the fact for the first time there was a Doctor Who specific convention on my door step in Bristol, and it was an intimate gathering of 100 or so guests. I thought it was worth the risk, after all, it's not every day I get to travel a mile down the road to meet like minded geeks like myself.
The experience was delightful, seeing some of my favourite guests old and new again in such a calm setting. There are always queues at conventions, but this was a walk in the park compared to most. The attendees were as wonderful as the guests and I feel like in the course of the weekend it was easy to make proper friendships (I'm mushy leave me be.) Not to mention the guests! I was finally able to meet John Levene and Richard Franklin who were both wonderful and charming and worth meeting alone, without the likes of Jane Sherwin, Geoffrey Beavers, Keith Barnfather of Reeltime Pictures and Sophie Aldred, and that wasn't even the whole list.
After some great Saturday night entertainment put on from Fantom films, both on and off the screen, we watched the new Series 11 episode Kerblam! as our convention finale.
Whilst you may consider the price seems questionable, the autographs are included in the booking, and it even kicks off with a pub quiz on the Friday. Honestly, even if I wasn't trading, I'd be going back.
So question is, will I be back to trade next year. Well, hopefully, if Paul and Dex will have me!
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The Day of the First Doctor
- February 23rd 2019
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