Last October, I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful Who convention in Wichita, Kansas that was just getting its sea legs in the convention world, or so it would have seemed, since it was in its first year. However, Time Eddy I destroyed nearly all first-year convention stereotypes. If you want to know a little more about Time Eddy I, check out our full review of the convention. There’s even a handy video included.
So, now that you have the general background… I have something even cooler to talk about. Time Eddy II! That’s right folks. Time Eddy II is on its way, coming back around to Wichita October 14-16! Several guests have already been announced. Top guest this year around is none other than Peter Davison, aka the Fifth Doctor! (Insert an Eleventh Doctor impression here… “I know!”)
As you may already know, Davison played the Time Lord from 1981-1984. He was the youngest actor to take on the role until Matt Smith came around. His Doctor was known for his charisma, his love of cricket, and – of course – his celery. On a different note, Peter Davison basically built the boat that Matt Smith later found himself in. Taking over from the most popular Doctor of the time (and arguably the most popular Doctor today), Tom Baker, Peter Davison went into the role with considerable shoes to fill. Many people thought he was too young for the role. In addition, some also believed that nobody, no matter how young or old, could ever possibly take over from Tom Baker. If all this sounds oddly familiar, it’s because Matt Smith found himself in the same exact situation back in 2009. Smith was somewhat rejected by a good portion of the fan-base simply because of his age. Just like with Davison, not many people believed Smith could pull it off. In the end, though, both Davison and Smith have joined the hall of fame as two of the most beloved Doctors in the show’s history.
While you won’t be seeing the Eleventh Doctor or grown up Amy Pond (except for cosplayers) at Time Eddy II, you WILL be seeing a certain red-head girl. Caitlin Blackwood (Young Amy Pond), real-life cousin to Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), will be catching a ride on the Fifth Doctor’s TARDIS trip to Wichita this October!
Okay, stop hyperventilating. I know I’ve just told you that your favorite Doctor and companion are coming to Kansas… But air is good… For life, and stuff… Not to mention there’s like seven more guests on this list. I promise I’ll hurry…
Joining the Fifth Doctor is none other than Mark Strickson (Turlough), set to return to Kansas almost 30 years after his last convention appearance in the state. He battled Daleks, Cybermen and the Master, and since worked extensively as a TV producer both in the UK and in the Antipodes.
Also popping his head out of the TARDIS will be Dominic Glynn, composer for the Sixth Doctor era. Glynn is also known for his work on The Simpsons. He will even be performing at the Time Eddy II Musical Extravaganza! (“I know!”)
Terrance Dicks, the prolific writer and Script Editor, is Time Eddy’s Guest of Honor (so bring some Target novelisations along!), and he’ll be joined by author, John Peel (Timewyrm: Genesys). Currently, John is working on a new book about the Brigadier which will be available for purchase at Time Eddy.
“Blimey, that’s a lot of guests for only a second year convention,” you might be thinking. True, but we’re not finished yet.
Bob Baker, creator of everyone’s favorite robotic dog, K9, will also be at Time Eddy II. While Bob Baker did a lot of writing with his partner-in-crime Dave Martin during the Third and Fourth Doctor’s eras, Baker’s most noteworthy achievement is his receiving a BAFTA for his work on Wallace and Gromit.
Nabil Shaban will also be making his way to Wichita, Kansas. Martin perhaps best known for playing the “sadistic, morally corrupt, slug-like” Sil. Sil first appeared in the Colin Baker story, Vengeance on Varos, and reappeared in Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp.
And finally, last but not at all least… Anneke Wills, who played Polly (companion to the First and Second Doctors), will also appear at Time Eddy II.
Wow! That was a long list.
Make sure to check out Time Eddy II on Facebook because that’s not all: an announcement of TWO more guests is coming soon – and they’re very exciting!
Visit the official Time Eddy II page for more information on Wichita’s newest Doctor Who convention!