DALEKS have invaded Fareham – but they come in peace.
An appearance by Doctor Who’s arch-enemies will be among the treats in store at a charity convention dedicated to the Time Lord.
The event, dubbed Power: Reimagined will see guests from the world of TV’s
longest-running science fiction show coming to the town’s Ferneham Hall on September 1.
The hall’s general manager Rod Cameron said: ‘We are trying out a few new things this year to help mark our 30th anniversary and the Doctor Who convention is certainly something new.’
While the convention is new, this is not the first time Doctor Who has been seen at Ferneham Hall.
The organiser of the event, Doug Inman, saw the potential last year. He said: ‘I was involved in an amateur Doctor Who fan film, Power of the Daleks, which used Ferneham Hall as its principal location.
‘I could see what a good venue it would be for a convention.’
Nick Scovell, from Portchester, took the part of The Doctor in that film. He said: ‘I met Patrick Troughton at a convention in 1985 when I was young, but I was a bit starstruck.
‘It’s great for us to have this in Fareham.’
Guests include: Nicholas Briggs, the real voice of the Daleks on TV; Christopher Barry, who directed 10 adventures; former companion Anneke Wills; and actor Michael Troughton – son of the second Doctor Patrick Troughton – who will be sharing memories of his father and his love for the series. The day will also feature a Dalek masterclass, photo opportunities, stalls and autograph and interview panels with the guests.
Tickets are £17.50, £12.50 for under 14s, and all profits will go to Cancer Research UK and Children in Need. They are available on (01329) 231942 or atpower-convention.co.uk