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Yes! I made it to London Film and Comic Con 2010!

I went with [livejournal.com profile] holyfrell, and we met Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow (the ghost from Being Human), Aidan Turner (the vampire from Being Human), Ben Browder (John Crichton in Farscape), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom, and also Tommy Brockless' little brother!).

We also met a not very well known early TV sci-fi actor called William Shatner. I don't know if you've heard of him.

Anyway, con reports can be tedious and boring for those who weren't there, so I shall keep it short, to the point and use all the pictures I have.

My day began at 0300, catching my first train at 0455 to Crewe, then on to London, then to West Brompton. After a mass of confusion and having to duck out of the queue a few times, I managed to find the (slightly late) [livejournal.com profile] holyfrell right at the back of it.

First, we met Russell Tovey, who was so lovely I wanted to take him home in my rucksack.

Holyfrell said to him, 'We loved you in Doctor Who! We'd love to see more of you in Doctor Who and Torchwood.'

Then there was this silence.

She then made the most epic backtrack of her life.

"Well ... maybe not Torchwood."

Russell laughed. We're all in it together.

Next, we met Lenora Crichlow, who I think was my favourite (despite preferring the vampire and ghost from the pilot of Being Human). She was lovely, beautiful and made plenty of time for everyone she saw. We went back to her a couple of times.

The next few hours are a little hazy for me. I was exhausted and starved, and there was a lot of waiting around and searching for Bat Mobiles, Eleven's sonic and peering through crowds in search of Aidan Tuner.

It was Holyfrell who wanted Eleven's screwdriver - I already have one. Ha. HA.

I didn't taunt her with it.


Yes, I'm a geek. What of it?

My favourite costume of the day was this:

I thought it was genius. I won't post any of the other costumes from DW just yet, 'cause they may be considered spoilery.

We finally found out when Ben Browder was going to start signing again, and got right to the very front of the queue. Literally. We were the first ones. Holyfrell made him feel old by saying 'I've been watching Farscape since I was seven!', and when he looked up to see a full grown woman in front of him, the cringe was almost a record-breaker.

A bit more waiting around, browsing, running from somebody dressed as Alien with authentic spittle ...

... and we finally got our hands on Aidan Turner. He was Smexy Hot, in an hungover, lovable tramp sort of way. At least after meeting him I know I'm not a lesbian. Lucky for him there was a table and a bunch of storm troopers in the way.

Next, after a lot of phoning up my dad going 'OMG YOU HAVE TO PUT MONEY IN MY ACCOUNT SO THAT I CAN GET WILLIAM SHATNER'S AUTOGRAPH!', everything finally went through, I paid my money and then on the way to Shatner's queue we stopped by Matthew Lewis' table and I got my friend (who is of the impression that Neville is so awesome his Patronus is Neville) his autograph for her birthday. Her birthday is in November, so I'll probably 'splode with not telling her, but listening to her shout at me for not getting his autograph the next day was immensely satisfying.

Anyhoo, on to Shatner. The queue moved really quite quickly - we queued only for 20 minutes at the most. There was a lot of zig-zagging and following arrows, and you could only take pictures up to a certain point. Observe how in each one, Shatner gets a gradually closer XD

And the autograph:

After that we were all just a little bit exhausted and hungry (£3.90 for a hot dog? WTF? It wasn't even that hot!), so we all piled into Holyfrell's Dad's van and went for a quick drive around London, popped into a Tesco Metro and picked up sandwiches, crisps, drinks and Mars bars then cut through and ate them in the park. The others were enchanted by the low-flying aeroplanes, which I found pretty amusing since they fly over my house pretty much every day and can be actually rather annoying. Add to that the fact my uni accommodation in my first year was in an RAF training flight path, and you get the idea.

Anyway, it was time for me to go home, so we headed back to West Brompton station so that I could catch my 1912 train and begin the lonnnnng journey home. Considering I'd been up since 0300 and had only taken six pro plus and had two espressos, I was already pretty exhausted. I think I got home at about 2330, flopped down on my bed and that was me out until midday next.

I actually woke up thinking 'WTF?? Who's on top of me???', before realising I'd fallen asleep with my rucksack still on.

Anyway, that was my day at Comic Con! Definitely looking for a convention next year, possibly with either more Star Trek or more Doctor Who, and possibly a little closer to home. Either that or I dish out extra and stay the night in London, but the guests tend to be better up north.

Whew! That's me done then!


All the photos except the autographs, Shatner, Alien and Dalek are [livejournal.com profile] holyfrell's. I took them with dubious permission. HA.

Date: 2010-07-20 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hydrojen90.livejournal.com
Shatner! Kaaaaahhhhhnnnn!!!!! Awesome. I hope you told Tovey to keep his paws off Jack! Looks like you had an awesome time, jealous!

Jen x

Date: 2010-07-20 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amuly.livejournal.com
I am insanely jealous of you right now. GAHHH!!!!

Also: That was an AWESOME Dalek costume. So neat.

And yes: no Russell in TW. Even though he is lovely. :P

Date: 2010-07-20 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holyfrell.livejournal.com
Haha yeah, Silver got all excited over Shatner but couldn't get a pic of him on her phone so I grabbed it, stuck my hand up and took those rather dodgey pics of him hahaha! She went all fan-girl over him.

I got to knuckle bump him too which was strange...

Date: 2010-07-20 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amuly.livejournal.com
You got to TOUCH SHATNER?!?! *DED* Uhhhh soooo coool!!!!

Date: 2010-07-20 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holyfrell.livejournal.com
Haha yeah! I went to shake his hand but he didn't put his pen down so we knuckle bumped instead XD

Date: 2010-07-20 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacksgirleen.livejournal.com
Oh sounds like a lovely day. Aidan Turner though does not do it for me, I used to work with his Dad and that turned me off!!

Russell Tovey looks lovely though and I'd happily have him in TW, cheering up a recently-revived-from-the-dead Ianto until Jack comes back from his travels and you know Jack, I'm sure he'd happily join in.... Someone needs to write that for me!!!

Date: 2010-07-20 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holyfrell.livejournal.com
Funny you should say that actually... Fi's been nagging me to add Ianto into my Jack/Alonso/Eleven fic that I'm planning haha! Alonso/Ianto ... nom!

Date: 2010-07-21 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jacksgirleen.livejournal.com
Please please please do..... *sends treats*

Date: 2010-07-20 11:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] elanor12.livejournal.com
Shatner! Lucky you!

That picture of Aidan Turner... he's sexy and adorable at the same time. :)

Date: 2010-07-20 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holyfrell.livejournal.com
I took that photooooo hehehe! Fi stole my pics xD

Date: 2010-07-21 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] elanor12.livejournal.com
Naughty her. xD

Date: 2010-07-20 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kholran.livejournal.com
It's going to amuse me forever that Neville Longbottom is Tommy Brockless' little brother.

Also, om nom nom Aidan Turner...I mostly watched Being Human for him, I'll admit that.

Date: 2010-07-21 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erikssiren.livejournal.com
Nevile is Tommy Brockless' little brother? How did I not know that, especially since every time I see that episode I think "He sounds a lot like Neville." No joke.

So jealous you got to meet them all!

Date: 2010-07-21 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breannarose1.livejournal.com
love the Dalek dress. ingenious that.
Iz in envy of ya. :)

Date: 2010-07-21 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] breannarose1.livejournal.com
had to read the coments before it actually hit me: Matt Lewis is "Tommy Brockless' little brother!"
Wow! sooo gonna have to follow his tweets more closely as I can't beleive I missed that...and it's sooo obvious now. :-}

Date: 2010-07-21 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosy5000.livejournal.com
I'm more of a Next Gen gal, but still.... BILL SHATNER!!!!! :D *is jealous*

Date: 2010-07-21 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-silver-story.livejournal.com
Hahha! Are you KIDDING? Picard is my One True Captain, and my first. Data ... my ultimate favourite not-Picard character!

If Stewart had been there, I'd probably still be unconscious from squee still. He was at Collectormania in Milton Keynes earlier in May, but I missed it. Katie Mulgrew (Janeway) was also there. DAMNNNNNN.

Date: 2010-07-21 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosy5000.livejournal.com
hehe Oh, I had (and still have) the biggest crush on Data and Brent Spiner! lol Picard is definitely my favorite captain. And I'll admit... I crushed on Wesley too. *grins*

Date: 2010-07-21 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-silver-story.livejournal.com
Haha! You crushed on Crusher!

His mother always annoyed me, though.

Date: 2010-07-21 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosy5000.livejournal.com
LOL Yep... crushing on Crusher. Can we make that a new sport? I still love Wil Wheaton. lol

I never minded Beverly. Now, the doc that replaced her that one season... GAH! CAN. NOT. STAND. HER!!!

Date: 2010-07-21 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delennbr.livejournal.com
Haha, I read that Been Browder was going to start singing, and not signing, for a moment I was really confused :)
Conventions like these seems so cool!! I want to meet all of them!! And omg, Shatner!!!! I love Kirk, but I confess that Denny Crane is my fav :D

Date: 2010-07-21 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-silver-story.livejournal.com
"... and sometimes I put a cigar in my ear, just to keep them guessing."

Classic Denny XD

Date: 2010-07-21 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-own-ianto.livejournal.com
Russell Tovey!!!!! *huggles*
Awww i missed out on sitting at the Doctor Who Prom , now i may be reduced to standing for two hours to see his sexiness Matt Smith.

Date: 2010-07-21 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magicmalcolm.livejournal.com
Oh, I want a Russell Tovey of my own to play pose with.

Also, that is a fantastic picture of Miss Crichlow. Girl's got a fantastic smile, and is far too pretty as a result.

That reminds me, I need to get around to scanning my autographed piccy of Kai Owen from August last year. He was busy fanboying over Dave Prowse and getting his autograph before signing my pic. It was so cute to watch him gush.

Date: 2010-07-21 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yantoharkness.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD I WAS AT COMIC CON TO but i was there on the Sunday was that you in the darick dress i thought it was amazingggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

Date: 2010-07-22 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-silver-story.livejournal.com
ah no, that wasn't me in the Dalek dress. It was just my favourite costume, so I asked the girl wearing it if I could snap a photo. ^_^

I was only there on the Saturday. Dammit!

Date: 2010-07-23 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mort-aux-vaches.livejournal.com
Love the pics of the Being Human gang! Thank for sharing :D

Date: 2010-07-23 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey love, here is that fan from Brazil that not soo often comes here and dies of pleasure with your fics.
I happen to have a blog, it's called http://thepopularlife.tumblr.com/
and is not about torchwood, but I do post some stuff about then.
Would you mind if I posted some of your pics about torchwood, specially the drawings in the tw IM? I would totally say where they are from, and, of course, tell everyone to PLEASE start reading your lovely fics.
I just like that drawings a lot. specially jack and ianto trying to draw in paint.

Date: 2010-07-24 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-silver-story.livejournal.com
Sure you can post the drawings :)

Glad you enjoy xx


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