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Timelash – A Review of the First German Doctor Who Convention

Over the weekend of the 24th and 25th October, in the German town of Kassel, Doctor Who fans gathered from across Europe to meet and greet some of their heroes at the first ever dedicated convention in the country, Timelash.

The Timelash Banner. (Photo by Timelash)
The Timelash Banner (Photo by Timelash)

Through the hard work of three people, Pascal Salzmann, Ralf Schmidt and Simone Violka the idea of Timelash was brought into reality via numerous crowd-funding ventures. Then a location was found, guests were approached and booked, plus the thousand and one other jobs of trying to organise a convention began.

Timelash organisers (from left to right) Ralf Schmidt, Pascal Salzmann and Simone Violka. (Photo by Pascal Salzmann)
Timelash organisers (from left to right) Ralf Schmidt, Pascal Salzmann and Simone Violka (Photo by Ronald Hulsmann)
Timelash crew and guests. (Photo by Matthias Sehring)
Timelash crew and guests (Photo by Matthias Sehring)

But it all proved a huge success over a very well attended and enjoyed weekend. A great mix of guests from the series, both Classic and New, entertained the fans throughout. These included writer Terrence Dicks and Script Editor Andrew Cartmel, the 8th Doctor Paul McGann, 1980’s companion Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown), Davros actor Terry Molloy, voice of the Daleks (among other monsters) Nicholas Briggs and Paternoster Gang member Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint).

The autograph hall. (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
The autograph hall (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Paul McGann (8th Doctor) signing autographs. (Photo by Pascal Salzmann)
Paul McGann (8th Doctor) signing autographs (Photo by Ronald Hulsmann)

One of the organisers, Pascal Salzmann, said of the weekend…. “I still cannot believe the enthusiastic response by everyone who attended the convention. Everyone is coming up to me, thanking me for bringing Doctor Who to Germany. And as you can clearly see, it was about time! When we started to plan this event we wanted it to be a convention where fans would meet, dress up, have fun together, see their stars and talk to them in a familiar atmosphere. We basically wanted to create an event that we would like to attend, as we are fans. And I am glad it worked.”

Nicola Bryant (with Terry Molloy in background) talking at a panel. (Photo by Pascal Salzmann)
Nicola Bryant (with Terry Molloy in background) talking at a panel (Photo by Ronald Hulsmann)

Away from TV other aspects of Doctor Who were well in evidence. Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer for Big Finish audio was there, alongside author Nev Fountain who has contributed a number of stories for them. Also present was all-rounder Toby Hadoke, well known for his stage show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, as well as moderating DVD commentaries and some roles for Big Finish.

The Big Finish Panel. From second left, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nick Briggs (with microphone), Nev Fountain, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy (in kilt), Paul McGann and Toby Hadoke. (Photo by Timelash)
The Big Finish Panel. From second left, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nick Briggs (with microphone), Nev Fountain, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy (in kilt), Paul McGann and Toby Hadoke (Photo by Timelash)

More specific to German fans was voice actor Michael Schwarzmaier (6th and 7th Doctors) who provided dubbing for the classic series on the TV network and Kai Taschner, who is the dubbing director for Doctor Who during the 9th Doctor and first 10th Doctor series.

Terrence Dicks talks to the fans. (Photo by Pascal Salzmann)
Terrence Dicks talks to the fans (Photo by Ronald Hulsmann)
Catrin Stewart (with Toby Hadoke in background) enjoying a panel. (Photo by Pascal Salzmann)
Catrin Stewart (with Toby Hadoke in background) enjoying a panel (Photo by Ronald Hulsmann)

One of the fans in attendance, Tony Chamberlain from Cardiff, had this to say about the event weekend. “The venue, the panels, the displays, the guests…..everything about the convention was carried out flawlessly. Full kudos to Pascal, Simone and all the other organisers for a great weekend.”

Tony Chamberlain and Andrew Cartmel. (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)
Tony Chamberlain and Andrew Cartmel (Photo by Tony Chamberlain)

Overall, the convention has proved to be a huge success, with most of the guests expressing the wish to return. Indeed, any fans wishing to attend Timelash 2 should set aside the weekend of October 15th and 16th 2016 in their diaries, as the organisers get busy planning for the next event.

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Karen Gillan’s new series drawing closer to a premiere

Karen Gillan is about to star in a new series for ABC in the US. The series is called ‘Selfie’ and from the promo doing the rounds, Karen appears to be the main star of the piece and she appears to be playing a severe narcissist.


It might not be the cup of tea that most Who-fans tune into, but it looks to have the potential to be funny and at a guess, popular. The only thing that’s disappointing is to hear her doing an American accent. This writer would like to see people on the whole using their own accents when working abroad. It works both ways across the pond (did you see what I did there?) lest we forget ‘Evolution of the Daleks’.  Don’t get me started on fake Australian accents.

I reckon I’ll tune in and give it a go. What do you think?

Doctor Who and the Interminable Waiting

I remember waiting 18 months for a new series of Doctor Who once as a kid. I didn’t mind that much, and although Trial of a Time Lord wasn’t a very good series, at least it was back to being on at the same time of year, every year. Even if internal BBC politics meant that I had grown taller than usual in between.

I was used to the usual 9 month waits between series, as a child they didn’t seem as interminable as they do now. Even the 7 years between Survival and the TV Movie, and the 9 between that and Rose didn’t bug me too much.

Perhaps that’s more to do with the times we live in. The world has become a far less patient place. Because these days I HATE waiting for more Doctor Who. I HATE that Easter moves every year and that the series seems arbitrarily pinned to a date that can be anything from the end of March to the end of April. Just pick a date and have done with it!

I started to slightly hate waiting for Doctor Who at the end of The Christmas Invasion. Ok, it was only a few months, but they went and showed a trailer for the new series, making it worse…..and there’s Easter off in the distance…….and it’s moved……

I dealt with the Easter thing (although, New Earth wasn’t a strong start, sorry Russell), and got on with the fallow periods where you knew the series wouldn’t be on. Until 2009, the year where Shakespearian commitments for David Tennant, and the slow handover between RTD and Moffat meant only 4 new episodes, with Planet of the Dead rushed out into the world at Easter, and a 7 month wait for The Waters of Mars, during which I, knowing full well that there was a whole new series of Who being made with a new Doctor, silently, internally screamed “Just ****ing PUT IT ON!” more times than I could have possibly anticipated.

Things seemed to go back to normal in the early Matt Smith era, I can honestly say that I didn’t mind the split series the first time round (apart from people at work asking me “Why have they split the series?? How long is it off for??”), but once Christmas 2011 was over, what felt like the longest wait began, the road to Asylum of the Daleks.

I grew and shaved off several quite bushy beards. I got into and out of a relationship. I began to externally scream “Just ****ing PUT IT ON!” at my housemate (who has nothing to do with the black arts of BBC scheduling or the Doctor Who production office, but was very understanding). Nine whole months. No Doctor Who. And I couldn’t see why, until last year.

Basically, Steven Moffat, right from the outset of taking over as showrunner, had the date of the 50th anniversary in front of him, immovably set in stone, hence the transmission creep from series 6 onwards. His plans for Matt Smith’s Doctor were set up to end in a particular way, topping off the craziness of the anniversary year.

I got it, during the surprisingly painless wait between The Snowmen and The Bells of St. John. I realised then, that whatever happened during the year would happen when it happened. The War Doctor rocked up, and I was more than happy to wait 6 months to see what the deal with him was. The anniversary has been the whole reason for the last few years of shuffling transmission.

Now, there’s no milestone to meet, no need to mess around with the transmission pattern. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor makes his debut this year in a full, uninterrupted series at….

What’s that?

Oh, yeah.

It’s not on until Autumn this year.

*Facepalm*

Oh well, maybe we’ll get Marco Polo at Easter instead.

Monday Morning News Round Up- March 31

 

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Remembering The Rani

Kate O’Mara, the actress who played the Rani in Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani has passed away at 74. She will be most remembered for her Doctor Who and Dynasty roles.

 

Classic Series Director Derek Martinus Passes Away at 82.

The man who directed some of the pivotal early episodes of Doctor Who from Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee passed away late last week.

 

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Mark Gatiss to write two more episodes of Doctor Who

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Let’s Celebrate!

Big week for birthdays as Patrick Troughton would have turned 94 and the New Series marked it’s 9th anniversary!

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Lego Tom Baker Needs Some Support

You probably know all about the Lego Doctor Who project that has achieved the needed 10,000 votes before moving on to the next stage, but there’s an awesome underdog that needs our support.

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Missing Episodes Found at the M&S Cafe

A humorous look at how obsessed some of us can get over the whole missing episode speculation.

Omni, Omni, Omni

What’s new in the omnirumour from the past week? There was so much that we needed two updates! Avengers and Callan, and the rest. Don’t forget the Omni Bite. Seriously, we had three Omni updates last week? Awesome.

Website Update

A few days ago the news began to trickle through the forums, twitter and facebook that Doctorwhoworldwide.com would be coming back up some time in the next couple of weeks. That’s great news as a lot of us were concerned when it suddenly went down and we were unable to reach the owner/editor. In the vacuum its departure left, I started up TIMD and I have decided to continue on with the site, even if DWW does come back. 

 

 

Mark Gatiss to write two episodes of who

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The writer behind such episodes as  The Crimson Horror, Night Terrors and Cold War has confirmed that he’s signed on to pen two more. After rampant twitter speculation as to which two he would do, he came out with the following:

To clarify. I’ve been commissioned to write two episodes of ‘Doctor Who’. That doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.

— Mark Gatiss(@Markgatiss) March 27, 2014

So, do we take that to mean one each, or maybe two next year? Who knows. I’m sure we will get more details as the premiere for Series 8  gets closer.

Feels just like yesterday

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It’s been 9 years since Doctor Who made its triumphant return to our screens. For those of us who watched the old show, that 16 year gap was agony. We welcomed the return and all the new fans who joined the story with Rose.

I remember the day well. The BBC Doctor Who site said “Sit down. Put down your cup of tea. It’s coming back. On BBC One”. And 18 months later we had something we now call “New Who”. I have issues with some of Russell T. Davis’ writing, but I will always be grateful that he believed in the show, persevering, fighting with execs, making the hard choices that made it such a huge hit. He brought it back just different enough to be successful, by some measures more successful than ever, but still very recognizable to us long term fans. I have no doubt that the man fighting the Slitheen is absolutely the man who fought the Cybermen on Telos and the Wirrn on Space Station Nerva

The new series is by most measure far superior to the classic. The budget is huge, the special effects are great, the characters more well developed and scripts more emotional. Having said that, there is definitely a charm to the classic series. If you’ve only seen the last 3 Doctors, I encourage you to drop everything and go watch Ark in Space. t have to go all the way back to An Unearthly Child, but maybe Rose? Or even The Eleventh Hour would be a good place to pick up the action.  I especially love that the new series has gone through 3 leading men, with a 4th filming now. And 2 producers and, depending who you count, 5 companions. It’s shown itself to be bigger than any one man. It owes its renewed existence to RTD but we have moved on from him. And love him or hate him, Steven Moffatt has put his own stamp on the series, his version of things, and no doubt his successor will do the same. People will naturally come and go, viewers change as often as the show. This is how it survives. We could have shut it all down when Ian and Barbara left. Or when Rose said goodbye. But we didn’t. It changes, evolves and thrives. That’s why each generation has their very own Doctor. We’ll be heartbroken when they leave, but forget them by the time the new one’s closing credits roll. As it should be.