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08 June 2009 @ 02:28 pm
Utopia and Collectormania 15  
This is going to be highlights again – too much stuff happening :) Utopia was a small one day Dr Who con, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, because the guests were mostly Old Who related and from the Sarah Jane Adventures. Now I love the Sarah Jane Adventures, and Toby Whithouse was there (in his capacity as the writer of School Reunion) so that’s why I went, and I was happy to be there, even though it was a completely different experience to most cons I’ve been to.

Now it was strange because most Old Who fans are chaps, and I was expecting a chap-heavy con experience, which I did get, but I was also expecting them not to be too friendly, and in that I’m glad to say that I was wrong! They were more reserved than us girly types, but they were happy to chat to me, as long as I didn’t obviously squee, which I find quite amusing. The other thing that was odd, is that they are much more quiet and respectful, and with much less humour, in the talks. There was lots of serious nodding, and asking technical questions about production craft, and stuff. It was quite bizarre, compared to my usual con experiences.

Now my highlights – Torchwood and Who writer, James Moran, remembered me and said hello, and will see me later at the Torchwood: Children of Earth premiere at the BFI. Which was extremely nice of him, and I apologised for being a bit over exuberant at our last meeting, but he was lovely and seemed very happy to chat. He was also able to give a month, if not a day of release, which was definitely July *sigh*.

Then I wandered outside for a breath of air, and a hope I could cadge a fag from a passing smoker, and the only smoker there was another Who and Torchwood writer, Joe Lidster, so I nicked a ciggie from him! And we discussed what other shows we liked at the mo, and how he’s only seen episode one of CoE so he’ll be on the edge of his seat with the rest of us, after that!

And then there was Toby Whithouse, who my main reason for going, and who I had to apologise to, and promise I wasn’t meaning to stalk him, because it did end up seeming that way! First there was my official, getting my Being Human photo signed, and I asked could he tell me how production was going, and it was apparently going very well, but he couldn’t tell me any details, so I mustn’t pry, which was fair. And then I said I was there especially for him, because I loved Being Human so much, and he looked taken aback, so that’s obviously not something he’s used to, so then I felt bad, because I didn’t mean to worry him. And I know you won’t believe me, but I was quite toned down for me!

Then later, I was passing his table and he was sat there completely on his own, not even a minder, so I tentatively wandered up to keep him company, and we chatted a bit more. And then I went up with another couple of lasses I’d met, and then remembered I had a camera on my phone (I’d forgotten my proper camera, I am so rubbish), and asked for a photo. So all those encounters were my fault, I freely admit.

But then – I met him on the stairs, because I was queuing, and he stopped to say hi, and then downstairs, again, randomly. And I was one of only two people who had questions for him in his talk, and I asked about Annie, and how were her powers going to develop, now she’s turned her back on the afterlife? And he pointed, and said I told you, no details about the new series! I hadn’t even thought that it was that spoilery a question – but it must be, obviously! And he was laughing, and I was laughing, and everybody else was looking at us, like huh? So I then stumbled over my words to ask something else he could answer, so came out with – what’s the definitive answer on werewolf babies? And Toby thought I meant, was Nina pregnant, and said no she wasn’t, but I meant, if a werewolf has sex with a human is the child human or werewolf, or if two werewolves do it, etc, etc. And Toby said he has conversations like this all the time these days, it’s very surreal, and that the baby will be human if they’re in human form at the time. And was still laughing with me. The rest of the audience were very bemused – remember, not much hilarity at this con :)

And finally, as if that wasn’t enough, I was on the tube going home, and there’s a man staring at me, which is not what you do on the tube, frankly, and I look up, and it’s Toby! So we’re laughing, and he says, I knew if I was going to bump into anyone it was going to be you, and that’s when I apologised and said I really wasn’t trying to be a stalker. And also said I was sorry for the silly werewolf question, I was put a bit on the spot at the time, and couldn’t think of a serious one, and he said he was fine with it – it’s just that he keeps changing his mind about the answer!

So that was Utopia. Collectormania was the next day, and was very cold, in the open air virtually, in the concourse of a football ground. Everybody was freezing, particularly the guests, and I hope the conference centre is finished before the next one, or I might not be going. I have less good stories from this, I think everyone was too cold to be witty. But my best moment is worth mentioning – in the photoshoot with Philip Glenister, a couple of chaps before me had wanted the ‘collars’ shot. This is Gene Hunt lifting a man up by his lapels just before pounding him. I hadn’t seen another girl ask for it, but I really wanted that shot, although I thought he might say no, because I’m a girl. But no – I said, can I have collars, and he went ‘Collars, huh?, and fumbled for the sides of my denim jacket like a good ‘un. Then just as the photographer was ready he really heaved me up by them, until we were completely chest to chest. I blush to say I gave a little scream, because I really wasn’t expecting that, and everybody laughed. It was completely genuine, and I look really scared in the picture, it’s fantastic! :)

Even the photographer was amused and said – ‘Gene Hunt, the equal opportunities thug’ as I walked away! And I’m quite proud, because the lads that asked for collars only have Phil holding on to them, and I think I was the only one that got virtually picked up by him. I feel so lucky :)

And that was my birthday weekend – there were lots of lovely friends there too, I kept bumping into people all Collectormania – thank you everyone!
cheekanzoopcheekanzoop on June 8th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry I forgot to say the other day, but Happy Birthday!! And LOL at Phil Glenister, that's brilliant!
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 8th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
I love your icon - lol! And thank you for the birthday wishes - I think it was a great set of things to do on my birthday! :)
(no subject) - cheekanzoop on June 8th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kalypso: Guvkalypso_v on June 8th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
That sounds worth getting cold for! And I'm glad you got to know Toby Whithouse so well.
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 8th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
It was! You should have come! If there's anything like that, where you might want to meet somebody at a con or similar, you can always crash at my place, you know!
(no subject) - kalypso_v on June 8th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
smarter than a speeding bullettronella on June 8th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
It was completely genuine, and I look really scared in the picture, it’s fantastic! :)

Haha! That sounds awesome :D
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 8th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
It really is! I'm not good at taking a photo of a photo, for posting purposes, but I'm really tempted in this case!
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on June 8th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Being Human is so fantastic, I'm glad you got to talk to TW. More than once. ;)
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 8th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
I've remembered slightly more, he said that they're well on their way writing the new episodes, and that filming will begin in September, for broadcast early next year, like the last series.

Toby was a very good sport about it all, thank goodness!
ionaonieionaonie on June 8th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday and all that fun stuff.

Talking about Being Human, would you be interested in going to the Being Human convention, Housebroken? Info here

Because I'm very tempted *G*
Valderys: Being Human - Georgevalderys on June 8th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I am on that convention like a wasp on honey - you're going to have to beat me off it with a stick! The only reason I haven't already booked is that I am trying to decide whether to get a gold ticket or not! :)

Ahem. I was also trying to persuade gwene but she doesn't know if she can make it... Either way - I'm definitely going!
(no subject) - ionaonie on June 8th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
prochytes: Lukeprochytes on June 8th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I am glad that you had such a lovely time! The Who fandom seems to be a lot like the academic study of literature in general. The further back you go, the more interested people are in the physical mechanisms of production, and the more likely they are to be blokes.

I am also very happy that you made Toby Whithouse feel appreciated. Apart from all of his other achievements, he wrote "Greeks Bearing Gifts", which is one of my favourite TW episodes. And I do look forward to seeing you as "Nonce, Interrupted on the Way to a Kicking".
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
That did seem to be true - I mean I can see why Who fandom got quite such a shock with the advent of New Who. The older Who fans didn't seem very capable of dealing with fangirls at all!

And I think Toby just found it amusing, thank goodness. And what a good way to describe my pic, it really is like that - Phil Glenister was such a good sport!
prochytes: Tosh Discworldprochytes on June 8th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Also, I am quite relieved that "Children of Earth" will be a July thing. I have various work commitments in the evening this month, and my attempts to explain absence would be unlikely to go well ("Jack looking angsty in his Coat! Ianto looking moody in his Suit! Gwen girl-ninjing with guns in a nice leather jacket!" and so on).
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Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Normally my photos are for my book only, but it is such a good one, that I'll think about it! (Maybe an icon?)

And thank you for the birthday wishes!
Lokiloki_dip on June 8th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
*grins* That sounds awesome! Phil Glenister seemed like a good guy!
Valderysvalderys on June 9th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
He did! I thought he was a bit grumpy to start with, but now I actually think he was trying to give everyone the authentic Gene Hunt experience! :)
Katlinel the Darkeyed: Sam and Gene - Ten Guv A Daykatlinel on June 8th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good time at both, and hurrah for Philip Glenister and 'Collars'! I hope we get to see the pic sometime.

I bet Toby Whithouse will definitely remember you at your next encounter. Well done for bringing the fun in at Utopia, too.

Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Yep, I don't usually show off my photoshot pics because they're nearly always the same as everybody else's, and I don't want to clutter up my flist - but this one is different enough that maybe I'll get it scanned :)

Edited at 2009-06-09 09:03 am (UTC)
Hilaryelenopa on June 8th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I want to see that picture.

I thought the Sunday at Collectomainia would be freezing as I was cold enough on the Saturday.
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
Ooh, were you at Collectormania - I didn't know! You should have said - I always go!
(no subject) - elenopa on June 9th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson: LoM Gov's carmatildabj on June 8th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Collectormania. Bummer that I was away this weekend - next time you go, give me a shout! VERY JEALOUS of the Gene Genie.
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
Next event like that is LFCC - Scott Bakula! Yay! :) Are you up for that?
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Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
Aww, that's a shame! You do live an awfully long way away, you poor thing - I'm always in awe you manage to make it as much stuff as you do! You're amazing!
Sarahmorganmuffle on June 8th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Happy belated Birthday :D

I've always wondered what boy!Cons are like, it's good to know they were friendly at least. And isn't it always the way that the person most likely to be freaked out by continued bumping into experiences is the one you're bound to do just that!
Valderys: Lifeon Mars - Trust the Gene Genievalderys on June 9th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Yes, surprisingly friendly! I don't think chaps know how to talk to each other, but they're willing to do it if someone starts the ball rolling as it were!

And I do hope I didn't freak out Toby Whithouse - I don't think so, he was laughing with me, after all :)
my wings are like a shield of steel: reading the critics and comics alonebuckle_berry on June 10th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
happy belated birthday!

sound like some good con experiences and i am glad to hear tw is so lovely in real life :)

also ot, but i thought i might drop you a link to this interview with david mitchell in case you hadn't seen it an it happened to inspire any ficcish thoughts. (no self-interest there, obviously.)
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on June 10th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
OMG, that interview is so adorable! I so want him to be happy, and find Lee Mack someone! :) (And I think I may have been a tiny bit stalkerish, because I immediately went onto Google Street view to figure out where the flat might be. You didn't hear me say that - did you know there's only one bingo hall in Kilburn... *shuffles feet*)