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DOCTOR WHO GUESTS:
JANET FIELDING is best known to Doctor Who fans for playing Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, from 1981 to 1984. Her first season with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor has just been released on Blu-Ray, and later this year you can watch her debut story—Tom Baker’s finale, “Logopolis”—also on Blu-Ray. She starred in numerous Doctor Who classics like “Earthshock”, “The Visitation”, “Arc of Infinity”, “Enlightenment” and “Resurrection of the Daleks.” She was on hand for the show’s 20th Anniversary in “The Five Doctors” and turned in brilliant performances in “Kinda” and “Snakedance.” She has revisited Tegan in numerous Big Finish original Doctor Who stories. She was born in Brisbane, Australia and had originally planned to become a journalist. After moving to England to break into acting, she found roles in Hammer House of Horror, Minder, Shelley, Blind Justice, Parnell and the Englishwoman, and others. In 1991 she became the administrator of Women in Film and Television UK, an organization dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media. She became an actors’ agent, and in fact represented Paul McGann when he took on the role of the Eighth Doctor in 1996. She is currently the Project Coordinator for Project MotorHouse, a charity based in Ramsgate which aims to modernize the old motor museum into a multi-use venue featuring offices, bars, a restaurant, a café and cinemas, where local youths will have a chance to learn from successful businesses. She organized two Doctor Who events as fundraisers for Project MotorHouse, with appearances by many of the Doctors, including Peter Capaldi.
Jason Haigh-Ellery founded Big Finish Productions in 1998 and the company has grown to be the largest independent producer of Audio Drama in the world, working regularly with media corporations such as the BBC, MGM and ABC on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Stargate, Survivors, Blake’s 7, The Prisoner, and on original series such as Graceless and The Confessions of Dorian Grey. Big Finish won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Drama for Doctor Who in both 2014 and 2017. In 2011, Jason also founded the animation house Planet 55 Studios in Sydney, Australia, working first with the BBC on two animated versions of Doctor Who and creating the original 26 part drama Prisoner Zero for ABC which can now be seen on Netflix in the US. A new show is in development for 2020. For television, Big Finish Entertainment has produced two reality shows – Nadia Goes to Hollywood and Nadia: Chasing the Dream for TV3 and been involved with reality shows Strictly Dance Fever (BBC) and Fame – the Musical (RTE). Jason is presently developing a new teen television drama for an Australian broadcaster. Jason has produced 33 theatre shows in the West End and on tour including Rock of Ages, Spring Awakening, High Society, Yes Prime Minister, The Ladykillers, Flashdance, Never Forget, New Boy and Footloose – the Musical. He has worked with Lythgoe Family on all of their American pantos. Jason was Executive Producer on the movie The Time of Their Lives distributed by Universal Pictures – which was subsequently a #1 comedy on Amazon.
Robert Allsopp got his start on Doctor Who in 1987 and worked all throughout the Sylvester McCoy era, creating iconic costumes and props such as the Doctor’s question mark umbrella handle, the Gods of Ragnorak, the armor for Morgana le Fay, and of course the unforgettable Kandyman. He continued working on the new series, creating the Peg Dolls for the episode “Night Terrors,” the Handbots and Old Amy’s armor in “The Girl Who Waited,” the costumes worn by Jabe and her Tree guards in “The End of the World,” the superhero costume in “The Return of Dr. Mysterio,” Rory’s Roman armor, the costumes for the Thijarians in the episode “The Demons of the Punjab,” and of course the beautiful costumes worn by the Time Lords in the 50th Anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor.” He produced recreations of all of the stage-worn Freddie Mercury costumes for Rami Malek in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, including the iconic jester leotard. He built space suits for Matt Damon in The Martian and for Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, made the skeletal masks for the James Bond film Spectre, designed masks for In Bruges, did extensive leather work for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, created all of Meryl Streep’s tiaras for Florence Foster Jenkins, and contributed costumes and or props on Kingdom of Heaven, Transformers: The Last Knight, Poldark, Dredd, X-Men (Magneto’s helmet), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Poldark, Rawhead Rex, and many others. He also designed props and costumes for Kate Bush’s most recent concerts in London and for numerous plays and ballets around the world.
Jon Davey has one of Doctor Who‘s go-to guys for monsters and aliens since the 2006 episode “Rise of the Cybermen.” You may not recognize his face at first, but you’ve definitely seen him on screen many times: He’s the only onscreen performer to have appeared in Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Class. His roles have included Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon Captains, Ood, a Dream Crab, Heavenly Host, a Whisperman, a Shadowkin, a Mire Warrior, and numerous UNIT soldiers, plus many more. He has performed most of these roles as part of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular concerts and tours. He’s made other appearances on shows like Merlin, Wizard v Aliens, Casualty, Atlantis and he was featured in Rogue One. He has served as a director of photography and a camera operator on Big Brother and X-Factor, and produced camera lighting for an animated sequence in the Simon Pegg movie A Fantastic Fear of Everything. He enjoys puppetry and stop-motion animation, and has been on the production team of nearly 50 music videos, producing stop-motion sequences, timelapses or operating cameras for clients ranging from Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, and Mc Fly to the Offspring and Kula Shaker.
Louis Robinson currently makes his living as a professional singer/songwriter and can be found regularly performing and working with other singer/songwriters in the area. Before coming to America, he worked for the BBC for many years, in a number of capacities in both television and radio. He wrote, produced, composed and directed many different productions. In the ’70s, he worked in the film editing department, contributing to such shows as The Brothers (starring Colin Baker and Kate O’Mara), The Onedin Line, Doomwatch (created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, famous for also creating the Cybermen), and of course, Doctor Who. Throughout the 70s and 80s he was commissioned by radio producers to compose songs on any given subject. “‘I don’t want it good,’ they would say, ‘I want it next Thursday, and I want it exactly two minutes and fifteen seconds long’.” In 1978 he wrote songs for the radio show That Was the West That Was, which won a Best Comedy Script award and was nominated for Best Comedy Show of the Year. In 1984 he was the Program Associate of the hit show Telly Addicts. He worked on the entire run of that show, from the development of its pilot in 1984 to the final episode in 1998. Robinson is also a Sherlock Holmes expert and enjoys giving presentations on that subject. www.louisrobinson.com
PixelWho: Nathan Skreslet has been a professional graphic designer for nearly 20 years; with experience in graphic, concept, and commercial design. He has done book cover designs for several Doctor Who short fiction anthologies and book cover work on several episode and merchandise guides, as well as a series of novellas published by Telos books. He has also contributed writings to several Doctor Who and other fandom anthologies. He is currently a graphic and art designer based in Richmond, Virginia. His current original art project, PixelWho, started in late 2010. It is focused on creating a complete visual character dictionary and episode guide for Doctor Who fans, in limited edition pixelated style art prints. The goal is to document every major and incidental character in story order from every Doctor as a way to celebrate the creativity and dedication of all the artists who have worked on the program over the past 50 years. He has completed limited edition prints for the 1st (Hartnell), 4th (T. Baker), 8th (McGann), 9th (Eccleston), and 10th (Tennant) Doctor series/movie runs. He is working on completing all the Doctors. PixelWho has been written about in the official BBC Doctor Who newsletter and website, CNet, Kotaku, Gallifrey Times, Kasterborous, etc. PixelWho teamed up with the creative minds behind Doctor Who: Legacy, the popular and official BBC Facebook and mobile game that has surpassed the 2 million download mark. PixelWho has provided artwork and designs for a special multi-level storyline called “Bigger on the Inside”; with game chapters written by premiere authors in the Doctor Who world. This special collaboration has helped PixelWho become canon in their beloved fandom.
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
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.
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!
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.
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 since before they had a word for it, and a general nuisance (General Nuisance *salute*). She and her ukulele have charmed the collective socks off of LI Who and LI Geek, ReGeneration Who, WHOlanta, Potterverse, Coal Hill Con, Time Eddy, MISTI-Con, Hudson Valley Comic Con, Wicked Faire, SqueeCon, and The Way Station. You can find her on YouTube and Instagram as deadlightsgirl (and bandcamp at https://missnerdstiles.bandcamp.com/album/who-riginals), and she has a real fondness for small batch bourbon, in case you were wondering/buying. Consider supporting her continuing adventures by becoming a patron at patreon.com/missnerdstiles
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.