Time: October 14th 2005. Location: The Macdonald Holland House Hotel, Cardiff. Event: The Doctor Who Galactic Dinner!
Its hard to believe that it has actually been ten years since Russell T Davies made good on his promise to bring Doctor Who back to our screens. 2005 was a good year for Who and the fans that had held on since its initial removal from our screens.Suddenly, (in stark contrast to its 40th anniversary in 2003) everyone was talking about Doctor Who again, millions tuned in to the Doctor, and saw him regenerate only thirteen episodes in! As we eagerly waited for David Tennant’s debut, the BBC announced on their website that there was to be a ‘Galactic Dinner’ that raised funds for Children in Need. This limited number black tie affair would include a pre-dinner drinks reception, three-course meal, evenings entertainment and the opportunity to meet Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson, Russel T Davies, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Billie Piper and David Tennant!
On the night Beth and I joined the other guests that convened for the pre-dinner drinks reception before making our way through into the main hall. As we walked in we were greeted by the before mentioned attendees, each one quite humble, David Tennant was both humble and nervous, Keep in mind we had another 3 months to wait until ‘The Christmas Invasion' and so he was worried as to how things would work out.
We took our seats and each of us received a goodie bag filled with various Doctor Who related items before starting a Who related three-course meal (I had the Mighty Rump of Jagrafess followed by Parfait Margaret in a Slitheen Sauce).
|Prize table, my ‘Icons’ painting on the right|
|With Russell T Davies|
And that was the 200th post, hope you liked it and it was of interest. A big thank you to everyone that has read the previous 199 posts and taken the time to comment.
Incidentally, my good friend Peter Trott was also there (although we didn’t actually meet until around a year later) he wrote an account of the evening that’s worth a look on RichardWho.com
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Congratulations on your 200th post. Isn't that strange that someone you later became friends with had actually also attended that night, but neither of you were aware of it at the time? You may have stood next to one another at the bar, passed each other on your way to your seats; your wives may have had a brief natter in the ladies, but none of it registered in the ol' memory banks. Then you later become friends and are surprised to learn that you both once attended the same event? Amazing, eh?ReplyDelete
Yes indeed! I always think that, reminds me of the lyrics from Gonzo’s song ‘I'm Going To Go Back There Someday’ from The Muppet Movie, “There's not a word yet for old friends who've just met”.Delete
I actually joined the Richard Who site after this event but had been ‘lurker’ for a few months and had seen Pete’s impressive Who collection, so when I spotted him at the event I’m fairly sure I pointed him out to Beth. But, because I hadn’t joined the site yet, and being the shy type I didn’t introduce myself. Have since put that right and seen Pete at other conventions (one of the was a red Dwarf one) :)
That sounds like a great evening - and how excellent that you've later got to know another attendee.ReplyDelete
I hope you - and we - discover where the painting ended up.
Yes indeed Mim! Yes it would be nice to know what became of it, if I ever find out rest assured I will update this page! ;)Delete