Spent today at the first day of the second Dev-Con comic con in Plymouth and it was AWESOME!!! Got to meet the 6th Doctor himself: THE Colin Baker! I got him to sign a photo for my brother but I was so nervous about meeting him I didn't ask him any of the questions I wanted! DOH!!! Also there was Sophie Aldred who played Ace, companion to the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) as a surprise guest! Seriously, when she walked in the whole place went mental! I was able to get a photo of her and one with Colin, and I was able to stop myself from saying to her, "When I was eight years old I had THE biggest crush on you!" And now, having been fortunate enough to meet her, I think that crush has resurfaced! The nicest moment was when I met the script editor for the 7th Doctor era, screenwriter Andrew Cartmell. He was the man who came up with what is known in Doctor Who fan circles as "The Cartmell Masterplan" which was to take the Doctor away from what he had sadly become, which was a bit of a whipping boy. The Doctor wasn't the master of his own destiny any more and Cartmell's plan was to make the Doctor into someone who made things happen instead of things just happening to him. He also injected a huge amount of power and mystery that had been sorely lacking in the character for a long time making the Doctor into a more mythic, almost Sergio Leone hero-esque, character: the man with no name who suddenly appears out of nowhere, rights the wrongs and then disappears. It is a motif that has clearly been carried into the modern era of the show, especially during the time of Russell T. Davies' tenure as showrunner. It was such a shame he wasn't brought aboard the show during Colin's era. Andrew's brilliant skills as a storyteller and Colin's fantastic performance as the Doctor would have been epic!
Anyway, as I was saying, the nicest moment of the day was when I got talking to Andrew Cartmell who very patiently answered my questions and took a photo with me. He then asked if I wanted an autographed postcard featuring himself, Sylvester and Sophie, which I did, but by that time of the day I was running SERIOUSLY low on money and he just said, "Ah, no worries, have this one for free. I know how it can be sometimes." I know it was only a postcard, it was genuinely super nice of him. Sometime you hear horror stories about people meeting celebs at conventions but I'm glad to say that today I met three people I genuinely admire and respect and they did not disappoint! Thanks guys!!!