Freema Agyeman Was ‘Terrified’ Of Fan Conventions

Some celebrities seem to revel in meeting their fans, going out of their way to shake hands and take pictures and sign autographs to anyone that wants them. Others will greet fans in limited situations, where things are very controlled and security is everywhere. Then there are some celebs that will almost never make an appearance or meet and greet with the public.

Making public appearances can be something quite overwhelming and scary, especially if one doesn’t like large crowds of people. It can be even more fearful to attend something like a comics convention for the first time, not knowing what to do when meeting fans or how the show operates.  

Freema Agyeman, beloved by Doctor Who fans for playing the Tenth Doctor’s companion Martha Jones, is in Melbourne, Australia 11 – 13 April to appear at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.

Freema spoke to Radio 774 ABC Melbourne’s Breakfast host Red Symons about her appearance at the convention and what it’s like going to these events as a guest and how she felt the first time she made one of these appearances.

The first one, I was just terrified. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. What if people wanted more than just a hello and I was just so nervous…

But she also enjoys the convention experience, saying about a past appearance –

…it was such a magical world. There’s families in there, you know, everybody. Different ages, different creeds, all just having a good time.

Symons also asked about her thoughts on Peter Capaldi and the future of the show. While she didn’t say much specifically about what she thought Capaldi might do as the Doctor, she had lovely words that describe just how the show continues to keep it’s audience and keep going, even when the actors change.

This is the strength of the show. It will continually change, it constantly evolves. If you as a fan don’t like a particular doctor or companion or their relationship, wait five minutes, you know, you’ll get somebody else, and everyone brings a different flavor which I think is the key to the longevity of it. It refreshes.


To hear the rest of Freema’s interview, check out the 774 ABC Melbourne website.

Check out the Supanova Pop Culture Expo’s website for more details about tickets to the event and Freema Agyeman’s appearance!


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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