So, last month I was at Whooverville
, which is a wonderful, small-scale Doctor Who
convention held every year in Derby - I've been wanting to go for a while now, but this is the first year I've managed to make it.
I had a lovely time - I always enjoy small-scale conventions over the big ones. Don't get me wrong, Eastercon and Nineworlds are good, but things like the big Doctor Who
50th anniversary celebration at the Excel centre last year felt a bit claustrophobic for me, and although I regretted missing out on Loncon because of being unavoidably in hospital (something I've not mentioned hereabouts lately, although anyone who follows me on Facebook will know the score...), in hindsight I'm not sure I'd have coped with the sheer numbers of people. But Whooverville - like Blue Box, the Big Finish days, and the two Doctor Who and the Daleks conventions I went to in Liverpool back in 2004 (where I met the wonderful blazingskies
for the first time) - just feel so wonderfully small and intimate. Some good and interesting guests, loads of opportunities to meet and chat with other fans, and (unless you really really want to) very little time spent in queues...
Anyway, that's a bit of a digression. When I was there, I saw a range of fan-produced videos, made by The Projection Room
. They'd actually originally been released on VHS back in the 1990s, but have subsequently been put on DVD, in almost certainly copyright-infringing (*ahem*) sleeves that look astonishingly like the sleeves used for the classic Doctor Who
DVD range. And they weren't desperately expensive, either (£2:00 or £3:00, IIRC). Haven't watched most of them yet, but they seem to be really interesting and boast some pretty good production values (like, they've built their own TARDIS console).
Sadly, one of the DVDs - Gene Genius
had sold out, although at least one of the episodes thereof is available at Chris Hoyle's Youtube channel
(Hoyle being the guy who played the Doctor in most of their productions).
Also, whilst pootling around on the Doctor Who Expanded
Wiki (a site dedicated to Doctor Who
fanon in all its many guises), I came across this special which features a bevy of Doctors from fan productions:
It was made in support of BBC's Children in Need (always a good cause), hence the name - Pudsai. :-)