1994- There was that Science Fiction Convention called `Who7′ which celebrated BBC TV’s two famous serials – Doctor Who & Blakes-7. The convention took place in South London area (Crystal Palace) in a Hotel.
For the competition, I submitted 3 pieces – a full spaceship `Liberator’ (from Blakes-7) made entirely of cardboard ..in every detail (measuring about 1 meter in length!), a piece of A2 art work (something to do with TARDISes.. that deserves a blog of its own :-), and of course the Cyberman head piece…made of light cardboard.
In the convention, I got to meet various actors & Actresses.. who have played characters such as `The Doctor’ (Collin Baker), Leela (Louise Jameson), Villa (Michael Keaton) and others.. Unfortunately many of the autographed items and my very expensive SLR zoom camera itself was stolen (people broke into hotel car park and took it. a week later police found my bag and water stained booklet ..but other stuff was never recovered). I think I attended it with my cousin Suren and my younger sister Yalini.
And here’s the Victory Photo ..of me with my Cyberman mask that won first prize on stage..and the guy who gave me the prize – none other than Collin Baker – 6th Doctor (who) himself.
Ah! Despite the car break in and loss, it still remains a good memory.
I am a big Doctor Who fan.. and have been since I landed on the shores of UK back in 1985, and started reading the old Target novels, and watching Trial of a Time Lord (Collin Baker…6th Doctor final season in 1986). Doctor Who is the BBC TV’s science fiction drama series, that has been going on now for 49 years (50 years in 2013!!) and charts the the adventures of a Time Lord who travels in Time & Space in an old London Police Box – ie his time machine disguised (TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimensions in Space).
And it has – next to Star Trek & Blakes-7 – been the biggest TV sci-fi series to make the biggest impact in my life.. inspirations, motivations, and at times, even solace. Oh yes! How? well, all that in blogs to come.. (Why you ask? well, it’s my blog and I can talk about my life.. any and all facets of it 🙂 Go on start your own blog, and talk about anything you like.. !)
So to kick off my Doctor Whovian blogs, I’m starting with K9 and me (am not making that word up at all.. In fan circles and even in published magazines, `Whovian’ is a real word that’s used!!)..
Few years ago, I started doing special Christmas projects – based on Doctor Who…just for my own fun.. making art & craft stuff. K9 – the robot dog that Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor had for quite a while (from the `Invisible Enemy’ story on wards) was my first `big’ Doctor Who project.
I’ll dig out the actual `making of K9′ photos another time (it’s in an external drive..) but here’s the finished item.. (with a part of the TARDIS door that I started to make behind)…and a photo of me sitting on K9 (it’s a wood & hardboard full scale model..that can take my full weight. I posed this way as I recall Peter Davison (5th Doctor) being seated on k9 in a publicity photo for the 20th anniversary special `Doctor Who: Five Doctors’. So I figured if I can’t build a motorised model, it should at least be strong enough to support my weight. (and no reason why I can’t motorise it one day).
In fact,one of these days – I may take `my’ K9 out for a walk around London…yes, in the real trains & tubes.. (I can just lift `him’ into buses and trains 🙂
I’ve lost touch with fellow Whovians.. and would welcome contact from you all. `Who’ knows.. perhaps to build a few Daleks.. complete a TARDIS… make a few short videos ….just for fun (plenty of woods and historic sites about in London.. )