Originally the character River Song played by actress Alex Kingston was to attend. For those who do not know her work, she was very popular in the TV series ER, as Dr. Elizabeth Corday. She was sexy then, and sexy now. Alex had to cancel the convention because she was given a role in the TV series Upstairs Downstairs, episode 2.1 staring in 2012. Though a disappointment for me, I also have to be joyful in that she has another important work in her life, beyond ER and Doctor Who, that should carry her for some time. From sitting with the actors, talking to them, shaking hands, you begin to understand their world. Acting is one thing, and being able to sustain a recurring role or find other roles to act seems to be the challenge. So kudos to Alex. Perhaps we can meet some other time.
Alex was then replace by the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison (I believe he was a replacement and not originally billed to show - I do not remember now). Then the character Tegan played by Janet Fielding and Nyssa played by Sarah Sutton were to show. However, Sarah could not make it at the last minute because of some urgent family matters. Later that weekend the character Adric, played by Matthew Waterhouse was booked to take Sarah's place.
I am not going to go through the list of actors and writers who attended. There are many who return each year and whom we always enjoy. Some of the new actors this year included Beth Chalmers (photo below) who was very charming and engaging, Andrew Hayden Smith, and Mark Sheppard. Beth is in the Big Finish audios of Doctor Who that my son collects. Mark Sheppard, played Canton Everett Delaware III in a couple episodes of Doctor Who, and has been in dozens of other TV series such as Supernatural, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, and my son's and my favorite, Burn Notice.
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