Sci-fi on Teesside!

Speaking as a local, that’s pretty good news!

Local paper the Evening Gazette have reported on the Out Of This World exhibition currently running until December 4th at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience:

Sci-fi buffs can enjoy a spectacular exhibition of models and memorabilia from TV and films opening on Teesside this weekend.

The models – full-size and miniatures – are replicas created by Hartlepool modelmaker Paul Bianco, who has been making models and collecting memorabilia for almost 25 years.

The display will include the Dalek creature from the latest Dr Who, a lifesize C3PO from The Phantom Menace, Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 car from Thunderbirds, and replica props from cult films like the James Bond movies.

“As a youngster I loved making plastic model kits, but my interest really took off when I saw the BBC exhibition of Dr Who props and costumes at Middlesbrough Town Hall in 1973 – and things just grew from then.”

And while we’re under no obligation to build the event up, the Dimensions 2005 convention is also taking place on Teeside and features Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Annette Badland among others. The event takes place November 12-13 in Stockton and Brian A. Terranova, Anthony Dry and myself have bought our tickets and will be attending – Brian is even flying in from Philadelphia! Look out for us there, come say hello – we’ll be the overawed guys in the corner…

The Offstage Theatre Group have changed their web address and updated the site design. The group are well known for their convention appearances (where they perform super Doctor Who inspired material), have the new site at They’re also appearing at Ascension 2005… meanwhile, you can read my interview with Barnaby Jones of OFFSTAGE here on Kasterborous in the next few weeks!

The Guardian have published an excellent obituary to the late Roger Brierley who passed away September 23rd. As with the obituary mentioned earlier in the month from The Telegraph, the actor’s departure has created a vacuum for characters portraying:

“…either a crisp, professional denouement (from a judge, solicitor or doctor) or a piece of expert bloodymindedness (some bank manager, vicar or civic apparatchik).

He’ll be sadly missed.

Finally, it looks as though the BBC’s Saturday night alternative to Doctor Who during its off-air months will be a retelling of the Robin Hood tales. A quick look at BBC News shows a smashing picture of Second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton as Robin Hood. The series will be 13 episodes and written by Dominic Minghella.

I’m not about to tell you – as so many other sites and news sources do – that Dominic Minghella is the brother of Oscar-winning scriptwriter Anthony Minghella.



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