Recently, I took myself on a 3 hour train ride to sunny Peterborough to attend the inaugural fan event, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.
In the same vein as the Showmaster "Collectormania" shows, this event was staged by Treble Ace Promotions, in co-operation with 10th Planet Events, and had a line up of guests too good to pass up.
For those who have not attended anything like this before, basically a load of cult stars appear, and you pay for the privilege to get their autograph, spend a few moments in their presence and maybe grab a quick picture with them. Unless they are 'big' stars then you won't be allowed the photo, although there is a chance to have a professional picture with them, with decent lighting and printed out for you - again at a price.
The big names at this event were a full main cast reunion for the Dr Who spin off Torchwood (which was quite a coup, and I was mildly interested in, but not enough to pay) and plenty of Star Trek actors - mostly Voyager and Deep Space Nine by the looks of it, but the big name was Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) making her first UK signing event appearance. Now, these did not really interest me and if you read this blog on a regular basis I imagine they wouldn't float your boat either. No, the people I came for were much bigger stars than any of those will ever be. To me, at least. I'm talking Hammer films, and 70s sex comedies.
A very healthy selection of people I grew up watching, and never imagined that one day I'd meet and talk to. It was the reason I traveled so far, and it was worth every mile, and to be honest, every penny of the crispy notes that were handed over.
|The wonderful Fenella Fielding|
|Sue in the 70s|
All in all, it was a great day, very well organised considering it was the first one the they'd done. There could have been more stalls to browse, and the stage talks could have been more varied (I would have loved a Hammer or 70s sex comedy one, and judging by the amount of people talking to these stars I wouldn't have been the only one), but then I'm just selfish I guess. Hopefully the next one will be as varied with the guests, and there will be some of interest to an old geek like myself. Although, if they brought some Buffy stars I'd be just as happy too...
Money well spent? Probably not in today's climate, but I wouldn't have had the chance to meet these people without it. Roll on the next one...