What a wonderful way to kick start the semester. Especially after the mind-bending conclusion to the Lake Silencio arc.
Seven weeks after BIG SCREEN, I was fortunate enough to head back to London Town again since intending to pair up with Pops as an extra treat. As soon as I found out that David Tennant was making another public appearance AND giving fans a photo opportunity, I immediately pre-ordered tickets (approval from Dad and Carolyn of course).
The journey was an education in itself, as I guided Dad along the M1 to the A406. Despite turning a wrong corner and ending up a mile out from Kensington, we made it to Earl's Court in good time.
Pure Geek Heaven.
I rubbed shoulders and shot the shit with loads of people, including two former Doctors, some of which I was at a loss for words. First few I bumped into were cosplayers I met at the O2; a girl who I recognised as @jemzmia, who was fresh from the first part of DT's photoshoot, spilled a couple of details about the process.
Even with someone as young as Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), I struggled to say the right words to her, sounding not unlike Basil Marceaux. So I closed with "just continue being awesome!"
Likewise with Paul McGann, who was like, "you'll want to save your words for Mr Tennant!"
Verbally I was more confident around Frances Barber; I told her she was so "deliciously villainous" as Madame Kovarian, the Eye Drives finally make sense, and being electrocuted must have really hurt - "it was rather unpleasant!" Later she chatted with Dad about her appearance in The IT Crowd.
I also had some terrifying encounters with a Xenomorph and the Slender Man. The latter pursued me among the crowds! though I felt bad for running away from the man underneath but when I met him he gave me a piece of paper etched with the word “fear”. Now that is textbook enigmatic.
Other stars I got to meet: stuntsman Sala Baker (Sauron's physical form in LOTR and a Romulan in Star Trek). From Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Dan Shor ("thanks Mr. The Kid!") and Jane Wiedlin (Joan of Arc). Also bumped into and said hi to Maisie Willaims (Game of Thrones).
The time finally came to join the fast-moving queue for DT's second photoshoot. Out of nowhere, the Scotsman appeared. We all lost our freakin' minds. Myself and other lucky fans would catch more glimpses him through the entrance as the line moved along. He looked so lovely and perfect. Literally my legs turned to jelly and my ovaries felt funny. Then he looked at me with his big brown eyes, cute as a buttermilk biscuit...as I flew myself into him. He went “woah!” and the cameraman got mad “no hugging, steady now…” but we both held on tight. It felt so good (felt so gooood). Once it was taken I thanked him; my face was inches from his chin (though I was quite surprised that he’s not as tall as expected); he may have said something like “pleasure” or “you’re welcome”. That was without doubt the greatest five seconds of my life.
Possibly the most excitement came out of receiving portfolio reviews from freelance artists Matt Dixon, Lee Townsend, Lee Bradley and John McCrea.
I met Evanna Lynch again - apparently she's moved to the US for new acting roles. And Eve Myles (Torchwood's Gwen Cooper) revealed her strong acquaintance with Port Talbot, and highly approves of Franco's Fish Bar. *bouces up and down with glee*
Everyone was so charming, even the Showmasters people who did all they can to deliver delayed batches of photos for collection. On record it was one of the hottest Indian summer weekends ever, and I had several out-of-body experiences, as much as the fatigue Dad was feeling towards the end.
Ooh! my photo! we can go now!
But on the way home we got lost in Chiswick, and Dad was getting riled up, meeping like Beaker the whole time.
Bottomline, it was totally worth it.
October's been treating me well, providing me the chance to catch two classic movies from my childhood at the cinema, and a picture of me with the hero of my formative years+. YOU CAN'T DISAPPOINT [WITH] A PICTURE.
"Are you dressed as Benedick?"
*thumbs up* "awwwesome!"