K Gill, Patriotic Jenna, Fanzines, Timewarp and Annuals

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A Q & A With Karen Gillan

Everyone’s favourite red-headed companion had to pull out of an appearance at Denver Comic Con this week, but to make up for it she treated all her Twitter followers to a massive Q and A session with some insightful answers to burning questions such as her favourite animal is a meer cat, top colour is teal and her favourite actor that she has worked with in her career to date? Mr cool himself, “Matt Smith is my favourite actor that I have worked with”.

Other bombshells dropped include hazelnut dairy milk as top candy bar, portion sizes are the best thing about America and in the ultimate question roasted cheese, toasted cheese or cheese on toast?

But surely the most incredible fact to come out of this event is the knowledge that Karen Gillan refers to herself as “KGill”.

Jenna Coleman says ‘Doctor Who’ has made her feel more British.

In a recent interview with The List Jenna Coleman has said that being part of Doctor Who has made her more patriotic about her country thanks to the global promotional touring that has accompanied it.

“It’s been life-changing… I love that it’s so quintessentially British, yet so globally huge… The scene of me on the back of a motorbike with The Doctor, driving past Big Ben – I’ve never felt more British in my life!”

The highlight so far? Getting a world record. “We’re in the Guinness World Records 2014 for being simulcast in 94 countries at once. Who knew there were that many? But to be honest, the whole past 12 months have been a blast.”

Oxford Uni’s Doctor Who Fanzine Archives Hit the web

Oxford University’s Doctor Who society has been around for 25 years now, an impressive milestone and one that is being celebrated by putting its history online in the form of a downloadable collection of its in-house fanzine ‘The Tides of Time’.The latest issues added were published between 1990 and 1994 and cover everything from the McCoy era in the late 1980s to enthusing about the massive influx of available old stories, however legitimate the source of the video tapes, right through to the New Adventures novels published by Virgin.

Two Day Timewarp Con Coming to South West

In news that has me jumping for joy (yay for the south west) Weston Super-Mare will be hosting a two day Doctor Who convention at the Playhouse theatre on 5th and 6th of July and boasting a frankly massive list of guests headlined by Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant and loaded with the likes of Andrew Cartmel, Dee Sadler, Derek Martin, Damaris Hayman, Richard Franklin, Will Thorp, Deborah Watling, Sarah Sutton, Wendy Padbury, Mark Strickson, Terry Molloy, Louise Jameson and Katy Manning.
Ticket prices are ADULTS£26for one day, £41for both days. UNDER 14s £16 one day, £26 both days, (under 6 years olds are FREE with full paying Adult). Head to crea8if.com for more information.

Paul Magrs Celebrates The Annual Years

The Doctor Who annuals have had an odd history to say the least with some of the 80’s editions being particularly off the wall with not only their tales (and swathes of space facts) but their unusual art choices. Thankfully these books have now been given deserved authoritative treatment from Doctor Who writer Paul Magrs in this new book that covers the history of what one review called a big brother to TV Comic and second cousin to Doctor Who Discovers. This tome goes through the annuals in detail covering everything you could ever ask, and probably more.

The hardback edition of the 270-plus page book, priced £16.85, is strictly limited to 100 copies, with a paperback edition to follow after that.


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