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Doctor Who in the house to wow the crowds and meet fans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 05, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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DOCTOR Who fans from up and down the country came face to face with one of the stars of the show during a special event in Derbyshire.

Now wearing a fetching pair of spectacles instead of his trademark celery and cricket jumper, Peter Davison wowed the crowds at Quad, in Derby, as part of the annual Whooverville convention.

The fifth doctor was joined by a raft of other stars from the hit television show which is currently enjoying a renaissance, with Peter Capaldi now wielding the sonic screwdriver and taking control of the Tardis.

Mr Davison said: "I do a few of these conventions every year.

"There are some familiar faces and some unfamiliar faces – especially when they show me pictures of me from 30 years ago.

"Nowadays, all the fans seem much younger and they know who I am, which is very nice."

It was the first time the former timelord had attended the event in Derbyshire, and he said he was pleased with the response from the fans.

The event is the biggest gathering of its kind in the East Midlands and is organised by Derby's Doctor Who fan group, the Whoovers.

Doctor Who was first aired on November 25, 1963, and ended in 1989 before being revived in 2005.

It is watched by millions of people across the world and the most recently started on BBC1 three weeks ago, to great fanfare.

Among the cult show's fans at the convention was 51-year-old Chris Drake, who was born two days before the original series started.

He said: "You could say that I was destined to be a Doctor Who fan.

"The Whooverville convention is a great event because it gives fans what they want. It's a real convention for the fans who really enjoy the show.

"I have been to conventions since 1987 and this is definitely one of the best."

Among the other star guests to attend were Terry Molloy – who played the iconic creator of the Daleks, Davros – Deborah Watling, the former companion of the second doctor and Bob Baker, the writer of the Claws Of Axos, the Three Doctors and the Sontaran Experiment.

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