Saturday 24 March 2012
Cardiff Convention - Saturday morning
The convention opens at 9am, with the first timetabled event at 9.30am.
I don’t want to be stuck at the back, so I got up bright and early and was down at Cardiff Bay by 7.30am.
The queues had barely begun to form, so it looks like getting up early has been worth the effort.
About 20 minutes before opening, the event crew started moving down the line and checking tickets, compressing the line as they went.
Then it was time - the doors opened and we were ushered in. We were quickly guided up to the Donald Gordon Theatre, the largest auditorium in the venue. Being so closet the front of the queue, I was able to get a front row seat.
It made for a very interesting discussion, with Tom asking us through the writing process, revealing his hook for the plot was the spyglass, where you could see the same place but in a different time zone. Many of the other ideas followed separately before a final script was arrived at.
The first panel finished, it was time to move on and we needed to vacate the hall to allow the Silurian ticket holders to come in after us. Exit was by a narrow corridor which created the most almighty bottleneck.
Danny was a bit of a cheeky chappy, ducking and diving as he showed off some of the tricks of his trade, and answering proving questions from he audience.
There were a few surprises along the way, with an enormous indoor explosion to kick the talk off. Everyone leapt out of their seats while Danny barely blinked.
A couple of audience members were roped in to show a laser hit to a passing Cyberman.
The talk was fairly short, but concise.
By this time it was noon, so I dipped sideways to get some lunch and have a five minute sit down.
The prosthetic demo had been replaced by a talk by The Doctor Who restoration team, who do sterling work on the DVD releases of the classic episodes. I missed the start, but caught most of this and all of the video clips they brought along with them to show. Their work can be quite jaw dropping, when they are recreating missing or damaged frames of episodes with retouched images generated from adjascent section of film. Their work cleaning up and stabilising the picture so it makes for a more satisfying viewing cannot be under-estimated.
I wasn’t quite sure where to go next, but then I realised it wasn’t too long before the Meet The Stars panel would be happening for the Ood programme, so I headed up to find the queue.
Amazingly there was only a dozen or so people there, so I joined and settled to writing the start of the entry you are reading right now!
I just had to wait now for 1.30pm, and the highlight of my day.