Nearly 2,000 fans of all ages celebrated the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who at the National Space Centre.
Evil Daleks and Cybermen rubbed shoulders with five of the Doctor’s companions as they signed autographs at the sci-fi festival on Saturday.
The centre was packed with people dressed as characters from the series and the fans had the opportunity to ask backroom staff about the secrets behind the long-running programme.
The five companions, Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, Louise Jameson who appeared as Leela, Frazer Hines who starred opposite the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, Sarah Sutton who played Nyssa, and Nicola Bryant who appeared as Peri drew large lines enthusiasts wanting to chat get autographed pictures.
Ms Bryant said: “It has been a great event and the atmosphere has been brilliant as we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Doctor in all his manifestations.”
She starred opposite both Peter Davison and Colin Baker’s Doctors as well as Patrick Troughton in a special series.
She said: “I cannot say who my Doctor favourite is. But the best villains were definitely the Daleks. I think that because they used to scare me when I was a child. But the Sea Devils were pretty terrifying.”
Engineer Danny O’Shea, 43, from Earl Shilton said: “This is absolutely fantastic. I managed to have a chat with one of the people who made the Daleks and other villains work.
“Of course I rate the Daleks as the best villains and Tom Baker was the best Doctor.”
Rebecca Orton, 12, also from Earl Shilton said: “I like David Tennant the best and the best villains were the reptilian Silurians.”
Lettings administrator Rebecca Page, 30 of Stoneygate said: “It is my first visit to this kind of event. It is great to see so much Doctor Who material. David Tennant is my favourite Doctor and my scariest foe are the Daleks.”
Cinema worker Dale Church,30, of Braunstone said: “This is the 50th anniversary and it is a very interesting to see so many items related to the history and the development of the series.”
As he queued to talk to one of the Doctor’s companions, he said: “I think Peter Davidson was my favourite Doctor and the best villains were definitely the Cybermen.”
People also had the chance to see a comprehensive display of props including a Tardis and several different designs of Cybermen heads dating from different series.
Marvel and Doctor Who artist, Lee Sullivan produced a limited edition print for the event, including the iconic Rocket Tower at the Centre.
The Science of the Timelords was explained by author, journalist, comic strip writer and film studies lecturer, Andrew Cartmel.
Andrew was a script editor of Doctor Who, oversaw the Sylvester McCoy era of the programme.
He was joined in the questions sessions by TV historian, writer and researcher, Marcus Hearn, signed copies of his latest book, the 50th anniversary special Doctor Who.
Voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, Nicholas Briggs, gave people the chance to try out the device he uses on the show to create the perfect alien voice.
The day concluded with a parade of all the fans who had come dress as characters from the series.
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