If you’d like to be considered as a Guest for WHOlanta 2017, please contact Alan. Preference given to Guests with professional connections to Doctor Who or British popular media, or an interest or knowledge in those areas.
DOCTOR WHO GUESTS:
Louise Jameson is best known to Doctor Who fans for her role as Leela, huntress of the Tribe of the Sevateem, in Seasons 14 and 15, 1977-1978, alongside Tom Baker as the Doctor. During her time on the show, she starred in classic stories like “The Face of Evil,” “Robots of Death,” “The Talons of Weng-Chiang,” “The Horror of Fang Rock,” “The Invasion of Time,” and her personal favorite, “The Sunmakers.” Leela has been a mainstay at Big Finish, where Jameson has played her in new Fourth Doctor adventures as well as in the long-running political drama Gallifrey, alongside Lalla Ward as President Romana and John Leeson as K9. Her long television career has included starring roles in shows like The Omega Factor, EastEnders (200+ episodes), Bergerac, River City, Doc Martin, and the World War II POW drama Tenko. Her first love is the stage, though, and among her many theatre successes are Winter Hill, Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap (for which she was nominated for a 2016 Best Actress award) and A Murder is Announced, Noises Off, Love’s the Thing, Oedipus, Shakespeare’s Mistress, We’ll Always Have Paris, Ghost Train and Murder in Paris. She has starred with Colin Baker in (at least) four productions: Bedroom Farce, Love Letters, Corpse and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. In 2012-13, she toured an original play, co-written with Nigel Fairs, called My Gay Best Friend, including shows in London and New York. The play is described as “a heady mixture of high camp, melancholy reflection on friendships and the childhood dramas that haunt us all.” In 2017 she starred in the film A Quiet Courage, which made the film festival rounds. “Sad, funny and ultimately uplifting, this is a story of kindness rewarded, an unlikely friendship and an even unlikelier redemption.” In 2007, Jameson toured nationally in her one-woman show, Face Value, inspired by her near-decision to have a face-lift.
Rachel Talalay is the very first American-born director to have worked on Doctor Who. She first worked on Doctor Who in 2014, directing the Series Eight 2-part finale “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven.” She returned for the following year’s finale, “Heaven Sent” (which she called the most difficult thing she’d ever worked on) and “Hell Bent.” In 2017 she directed both the season finale (“World Enough and Time” and “The Doctor Falls”) as well as Peter Capaldi’s farewell, the Christmas episode “Twice Upon a Time.” Born and raised in the US to British parents, she lived in England for a while during the time Tom Baker was the Doctor. She got her start in the film industry working with Wes Craven (the Nightmare on Elm Street films) and John Waters (Polyester, Hairspray and Cry-baby). She made her directorial debut on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, which she also wrote. Her other film work includes Ghost in the Machine, The Borrowers, The Wind in the Willows (which, incidentally, starred Nardole actor Matt Lucas as Mr. Toad and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss as Ratty), and of course the cult-classic Tank Girl starring Lori Petty. In 1997 she gained her first television directing gig on the British series Band of Gold. Since then she has had an illustrious career helming episodes of shows like Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Wolf Lake, Crossing Jordan, Dead Zone, Touching Evil, Supernatural, Kyle XY, Flash Gordon, Haven, Continuum, and Reign, plus many others. Since 2016 she has worked on the CW superhero shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, and in 2017 she directed the opening installment of the fourth series of Sherlock.
Richard Starkings is the Eisner Award-nominated creator/writer of Image Comics’ Elephantmen and founder of comicbookfonts.com. His Doctor Who association began when he contributed cartoon strips to TARDIS, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, in the early 1980s; he then went to work for Marvel UK and worked on the official Doctor Who comic strip as an editor, writer and/or lettering artist since the mid-1980s. For Doctor Who Magazine he wrote or co-wrote classic comic series “Time and Tide”, “Nemesis of the Daleks” (a Seventh Doctor strip featuring recurring character Abslom Daak: Dalek Hunter), and “Up Above the Gods” (a Sixth Doctor / Davros story); he also wrote “Cold Blooded War” (Tenth Doctor and Donna story featuring the Draconians) for IDW. His company Comicraft currently letters all the Titan Doctor Who comics and has also counted Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics as clients. He loves Yorkshire Tea, Cadbury’s Flake and Lori Perkins but not necessarily in that order.
Courtland Lewis is a person of many interests: a life-long Doctor Who fan, philosopher, historian, author, and musician. His philosophical writings focus on issues in ethics and social/political philosophy, and his popular culture writings focus on the same issues, as they appear in Doctor Who, Star Trek, Farscape, Psych, Monk, and many other films. He’s the editor of Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside and More Doctor Who and Philosophy: Regeneration Time. Courtland is dedicated to teaching others how self-reflection and thoughtfulness are the keys to liberation, self-fulfillment, and flourishing. He has a PhD in Philosophy, and is currently an Instructor of Philosophy and Religion at Owensboro Community and Technical College. His latest book is The Way of the Doctor: Doctor Who’s Pocketbook Guide to the Good Life, published May, 2017. Find his books at his Amazon author page.
Joshua Wilson is an associate editor for Mad Norwegian Press, a publisher of Doctor Who reference guides including the celebrated About Time series, Running Through Corridors and AHistory. Mad Norwegian also has a range of essay books pertaining to women and fandom, including the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Time Lords, Whedonistas! and Chicks Dig Comics. Appropriately, Wilson met future Mad Norwegian Editor-in-Chief Lars Pearson during a Doctor Who trivia match in 1998 (Lars won, battered and bruised, after a fierce battle of wills) which led to a consultation on I, Who, Mad Norwegian’s first reference guide on Doctor Who and a position as an associate editor.
Wilson also co-hosts the popular Doctor Who podcast, The Oncoming Storm, which focuses on Doctor Who spinoff media. Along with his other hosts (including WHOlanta Doctor Who track director Ashley Raburn and WHOlanta panelist Rachel Stewart), Josh spends each episode looking at the best (and sometimes worst) books, audios, and comics featuring the Doctor.
Josh is an Atlanta native whose wife and two children are loving enough, somehow, to put up with all of his Doctor Who nonsense, although he secretly indoctrinated both kids into Doctor Who fanatics, much to the chagrin of his wife.
Robin Burks is an entertainment writer, published author, avid con-goer and cosplayer. She currently writes for ScreenRant, The Things and FanGirlConfessions.com. Robin is also the author of a series of speculative fiction novels: Zeus, Inc.; The Curse of Hekate; and Return of The Titans. In 2014, Indie Reader named the protagonist of that series, Alex Grosjean, as one of its Top Five Smart, Strong and Relatable Female Characters. Robin, who currently lives in Missouri with her five cats, loves all things French and has a serious obsession with Doctor Who. You can find out all about Robin by visiting her website on her Amazon Author Page.
Cat Smith is the reigning Miss Nerdstiles, having inherited the crown from absolutely no one, because she made it up. She is an actor, a musician, a cosplayer, and a general nuisance (General Nuisance *salute*). As an author, she is a contributor to the new charity anthology Why I Geek: An Anthology of Fandom Origin Stories. She and her ukulele have charmed the collective socks off of LI Who and LI Geek, ReGeneration Who, Potterverse, Coal Hill Con, Time Eddy, MISTI-Con, Wicked Faire, and The Way Station. You can find her on YouTube and Twitter as deadlightsgirl, Instagram as MissNerdstiles (and bandcamp at https://missnerdstiles.bandcamp.com/album/who-riginals, and her website is http://cat281.wixsite.com/miss-nerdstiles), and she has a real fondness for small batch bourbon, in case you were wondering/buying.
Clay Dockery is the co-editor of Why I Geek: An Anthology of Fandom Origin Stories. His interests, skills, and experience are extremely varied. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Georgia and a Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Clay has served as the co-head organizer of all three iterations MISTI-Con (www.misti-con.org), a Harry Potter convention, and of Coal Hill Convention, he is head organizer of the upcoming West Wing Weekend (www.westwingweekend.com) and is a co-founder of Coal Hill Inc. and a co-host of the Coal Hill A/V Club podcast. He is trying to join this new-fangled social media thing so follow him on Twitter @smartpenguin78 and encourage him.
Stephen Webb is a father, husband, writer, performer, & award nominated podcaster. He describes himself as “geeklectic” due to his diverse interests including pop culture, sports, musical theatre, professional wrestling and of course–Doctor Who. In addition to co-hosting The Coal Hill A/V Club podcast, Stephen was the co-head organizer of Coal Hill Convention and is the co-editor of Why I Geek: An Anthology of Fandom Origin Stories. You can follow him on Twitter @geeklectic and Instagram: iamgeeklectic.
Purchase Why I Geek at Amazon, or pick up a copy at WHOlanta. The editors and contributurs will be autographing copies.
Lee Martindale is a writer, editor, and nano-press publisher who credits Atlanta fandom with introducing her to all things Who. She edited the groundbreaking Such a Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town, and has written stories for Esther Friesner’s Turn the Other Chick, Chicks & Balances, Witch Way to the Mall and Fangs for the Mammaries, three volumes of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress anthology series, Catopolis, Warrior Wisewoman 2, Low Port, and others. A collection of her work, Bard’s Road, came out in 2014. She’s currently involved in R. Alan Siler’s Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who project and pulling her first novel out of the muck. In addition to slinging fiction, Lee is a Named Bard, a longtime civil and human rights activist, and a Lifetime Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her hobbies include sharp pointy things, like rapiers and knitting needles, and sharing news with friends and fans at www.HarpHaven.net from her home in Plano, TX.
Kathryn Sullivan has been writing science fiction and fantasy since she was 14 years old. Having read her father’s collection of SF and fantasy, she started writing her own. The world set up in The Crystal Throne has been developing since then. Some of the short stories escaped into fanzines, print zines and ezines, but those were collected into Agents & Adepts. Her fictional works include “Search and Rescue”, “Hiding in Plain Sight”, Talking to Trees, “The Diplomat’s Story” (a Sixth Doctor story for Big Finish’s Short Trips: Repercussions), “The Oracle of Cilens”, “The Monster and the Archaeologists” (a Bernice Summerfield story for Big Finish). She has published numerous essays, including “One Choice or None” in OUTSIDE IN: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers and “You Love I” in OUTSIDE IN BOLDLY GOES: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic Star Trek Stories by 117 Writers, both from ATB Publishing, and “The Fanzine Factor” in Chicks Dig Time Lords from Mad Norwegian Press.
A native of Riverside, Illinois, fantasy author Alison Reeger (A.R.) Cook currently resides in Gainesville, Georgia, She is the author of the YA book series The Scholar and the Sphinx. She also has short stories published in the anthology The Kress Project from the Georgia Museum of Art, and the fairy-tale collection Willow Weep No More from Tenebris Books. Several of A.R.’s short stories and short plays have been awarded honorable mentions in various magazines, such as Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Writer’s Digest. Cook is also a playwright; her latest one-act play, the dark comedy Death by Words, premiered at the Theatre of Western Springs in Chicago in summer 2017. Cook’s most recent project was participation in the anthology project The Chronicles of Mirstone, published in December 2017 and including two of her short stories.
RetroTV is the broadcast home of Classic Doctor Who in America. RetroTV’s run of Doctor Who began with the first two episodes of “An Unearthly Child” on August 4, 2014, showing two episodes every weeknight and a block of four episodes every Saturday evening. Their other programming ranges from classic comedies like Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Lucy Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Beverly Hillbillies to dramas that stand the test of time like Doctor Who, Highway to Heaven, Naked City, I Spy, One Step Beyond and more, Retro TV is The Best in Classic Television! Rediscover an old favorite or find a new one right here, with their selection of programming from the beginnings of television through the ’90s, all designed to take you back in time to enjoy the greatest hits of yesteryear!
Geeking out about our favorite Time Lord, one story at a time. Earth Station Who is a show dedicated to the culture around the BBC icon Doctor Who. Join Mike F, Mike G, Jennifer Hartshorn and Mary Ogle as we explore the 50-year history and fandom surrounding the Doctor with reviews, interviews, and general discussions about the show. Be prepared for surprises, though; you never know WHO might pop up as a guest on Earth Station Who!
Jennifer Hartshorn is the producer and host of Earth Station MCU, and a co-host of Earth Station Who. A lifelong Whovian and gamer, Twelve is her Doctor, she’s #TeamIronMan, #TeamSnart, and she’s still in mourning for Peggy Carter. When not podcasting, collecting female action figures, or watching altogether too much TV, Jennifer teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design and studies Rhetoric and New Media at Old Dominion University.
Lt. Moxie Magnus is a shimmering, glowing star in the firmament of the United Federation of Planets. Through space age sling-shot technology, this seven and a half foot tall glamazon (mostly hair and heels) has come rocketing back to us from the future, dragging some laughs with her along the way! In the 23rd century, she serves as the Chief Cosmetology Officer aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk. There, she navigates the world of serially dating redshirts and keeping the fleet in regulation bouffants. Here, in the 21st century, she writes about her adventures, with tongue firmly placed in cheek, in her blog, Moxie Magnus: Star Trek Cosmetologist. Her mission is to tackle each of the episodes of the original series with her own brand of space humor! Moxie was born in space, grew up a human slave in the Orion Syndicate and walked the runways of Paris before graduating top of her class at Starfleet Academy. She is the only cadet in history to pass the Kobayashi Hairdo, the no-win Starfleet master xenocosmetology exit exam (and she didn’t cheat). Her thesis, “Zero-G Styling Technology: Captain, We Have Lift-off”, is still recognized as the seminal work in its field. Although she has often been told “In space, no one can hear you, queen”, that hasn’t stopped her from entertaining fans and the fleet both in and out of this world. She’s even gotten a few laughs from the Vulcan High Council. In her spare time, this dedicated Star Trek drag queen enjoys cataloging unicorn species, looking at pictures of cats on the internet and trying out new replicated food cube recipes. Her favorite movies are Beach Blanket Bingo, Gidget and Pon Far Surf Party.