We have a huge surprise for you…that’s right, the 7th Doctor – Sylvester McCoy – will be our guest of honor for Con Kasterborous 2014! Check out the flyer below, and feel free to spread it around!
And of course, the biggest guest for 2014 – Con Kasterborous would like to welcome Sylvester McCoy, the 7th Doctor, to Huntsville, Alabama!
Sylvester McCoy is a Scottish actor. As a comic act and busker he appeared regularly on stage and on BBC Children’s television in the 1970s and 80s, before going on to play the seventh incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1987 to 1989 – the final Doctor of the original programme – and a brief return in a television film in 1996. More recently, he played the wizard Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Hobbit.
McCoy became the Seventh Doctor after taking over the lead role in Doctor Who in 1987 from Colin Baker. He remained on the series until it ended in 1989. As Baker declined the invitation to film the regeneration scene, McCoy briefly wore a wig and appeared as the 6th Doctor. He played the Doctor in the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time, and again in 1996, appearing in the beginning of the Doctor Who television movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. McCoy is thus acknowledged as the actor who, in a way, played the Doctor for a longer “period of time” than any other.
In his first series, McCoy, a comedy actor, portrayed the character with a degree of clown-like humor, but script editor, Andrew Cartmel soon changed that when fans argued that the character (and plots) were becoming increasingly lightweight. The Seventh Doctor developed into a much darker figure than any of his earlier incarnations, manipulating people like chess pieces and always seeming to be playing a deeper game. A distinguishing feature of McCoy’s performances was his manner of speech. He used his natural slight Scottish accent and rolled his rs. At the start of his tenure he used proverbs and sayings adapted to his own ends (e.g. “There’s many a slap twixt cup and lap” —Delta and the Bannermen), although this characteristic was phased out during the later, darker series of his tenure. In 1990, readers of Doctor Who Magazine voted McCoy’s Doctor “Best Doctor”, over perennial favourite Tom Baker. McCoy was the last lead actor to have his face in the Doctor Who opening titles until Matt Smith appeared in the 2012 Christmas special, and the last incarnation to have question marks on his costume.
New for 2014 is Andrew Cartmel, the script editor for the 7th Doctor. Let’s give him a big welcome, catch his bio below!
Andrew Cartmel is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter.
His work for BBC television includes a three year stint as the Script Editor on DOCTOR WHO during the Sylvester McCoy era. In collaboration with McCoy and a team of up and coming writers including Ben Aaronovitch, Rona Munro and Marc Platt, Cartmel fashioned a new brand of scripts for the show, arguably darker and more funny than their predecessors that established McCoy’s Doctor as a master-player in dangerous games, a weaver of cosmic strategies, and a powerful and towering enigma under alien skies.
Andrew Cartmel also presided over the introduction of the character of Ace as played by Sophie Aldred — quite possibly one of the most influential Doctor Who companions. And definitely the first to attack a Dalek with a baseball bat.
Together with his team of excellent writers — which also included Graeme Curry, Stephen Wyatt and Malcolm Kohll — Andrew Cartmel set about his Master Plan…
Which was to get the scripts to the production team on time.
Since those lively and memorable days, Andrew Cartmel has been commissioned to write scripts for the TV shows MIDSOMER MURDERS, DARK KNIGHT and TORCHWOOD. He has also toured as a stand-up comedian and his stage play UNDER THE EAGLE was hailed by Time Out London as ‘bitingly funny’.
He has also continued to have an association with DOCTOR WHO in its spin-off media ranging from comic strips in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE to novels for both the Virgin New Adventures and BBC Past Doctor Adventures ranges. He returned to the role of Script Editor for four stories of Big Finish Productions DOCTOR WHO – THE LOST STORIES range which presented the stories that would have been the show’s twenty-seventh season in 1990.
Lately Andrew Cartmel has been devoting himself to writing crime novels, including a new series of mystery thrillers which feature a record collector turned sleuth.
Watch out for the Vinyl Detective.
Everybody’s favorite Doctor Who Comic Book artist is joining us once again – Kelly Yates!
Kelly Yates is an illustrator best known for his work on Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Doctor Who: The Forgotten and various covers and one-shots for IDW Publishing. In addition, his writes and illustrates the creator-owned books, Amber Atoms and MonstHer. His work also includes toy designs and movie design concepts for Hasbro properties such as Spider-Man and G.I. Joe.
His passion for art, especially comic book art, stems from a family road trip out to California when he was 12-years old. On the way back, his family stopped at Yellowstone National Park for the night and to his distress quickly discovered they had no TV’s in the entire building. Luckily, the gift shop had a few comic books and he’s been reading them ever since.
Visit Kelly Yates’ official website at http://www.kellyyatesart.com!
Bringing back a fan favorite for 2014 – LadyS!
Lady Soliloque (Lady S)
Lady S is a genuine and bonafide Southern Lady who is the author of the popular novel Immortal Game as well as the set of 4 Doctor Who Fan novels, Tempus Temporis. She is also well known for her YouTube channel and the Fan Videos she creates in her spare time, and the audio dramatization of her Fan novels, Tempus Temporis: The Audio Drama, which has received an honorable mention from the Geekie Awards. She is proud to introduce Tempestas Viator, the beginning of a whole new Science Fiction series called Enoch the Traveler.
She will be the first to tell you that above everything else she is a GEEK and a FAN and all GEEKIE FANS need to have FUN!
You can find links to her books, her YouTube channel, the audio drama, her Facebook page, her Blog, and keep up with her appearances at her website: www.ladysoliloque.com
We have opened the Registration Page for 2014! This year, we are introducing something new – VIP Passes! Click the link to sign up for 2014!
We’ve moved! The 2014 convention will take place at The Westin right in Bridge Street! Rooms are now available to book at the low price of $129 a night. All the details that you need can be found below!
Book Now (Special Con price – $129 a night!)
The Westin @ Bridge Street | 6800 Governors West Rd NW | Huntsville, AL 35806 |
Phone: (256) 428-2000 | Fax: (256) 428-2001
Con Kasterborous will be held at The Westin hotel in Bridge Street (Click here for Map). Special rates for Con attendees are available for $129 a night. Let them know you are there for Con Kasterborous (Doctor Who Convention) when you book your rooms!
All business, all pleasure, all the time. The Westin Huntsville blends sophistication, elegance, and classic southern hospitality with the unique surroundings of Bridge Street Town Centre. Ours is the only Huntsville hotel to have earned AAA’s Four Diamond rating and continues to be the favorite of corporate travelers, leisure guests, and local residents.
Located within Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park—the second-largest technology center in the United States, and less than two miles from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center—our hotel offers everything a business traveler demands and everything a vacation visitor desires. Our elegant hotel is an integral component of Huntsville’s newest mixed-use development.
Our 210 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites feature 32” LCD flat screen televisions and the signature Westin Heavenly Bed®, providing the ultimate comfort with a custom-designed pillow-top mattress, 250-thread-count white linens, and soft pillows. To complement the bed, guest rooms also feature the highly-acclaimed Westin Heavenly Bath® and White Tea by Westin™ bath products.
The indoor/outdoor pool is heated year-round, and a WestinWORKOUT® Gym is always accessible. Our award-winning Sage Grille serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with healthy SuperFoodsRx™ options throughout the day, or you can dine in the comfort of your room with our 24-hour room service. After a long day, meet up with friends or colleagues for a refreshing cocktail in our lobby lounge.
With more than 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, The Westin Huntsville’s experienced staff will create your ideal business retreat. Or take advantage of our amazing location and beautiful facilities to stage the wedding of your dreams.
The Westin hotel features:
- Heavenly Shower/Bath®
- Pillowtop Bed
- Valet Service
- The Westin Heavenly Dog Bed Available
- Sprinklers in Room
- In-Room Movies
- Make-up/Shaving Mirror
- 250 Thread Count Sheets
- Wake-up Service
- Outlet Adaptors
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Smoke Detectors in Room
- Flat Screen Television
- Internet Service Provided in All Guest Rooms
- Separate Bath and Shower Stall
- Iron/Ironing Board
- 100% Non-Smoking Guestrooms
- In-Room Electronic Safe
- Closed Caption Programming
- Wireless High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms
- Spacious Bathroom
- Down Comforters
- Full-Length Mirror
- WestinWORKOUT® Room
- Radio/Alarm Clock
- Cable Channels
- Hypoallergenic Pillows
- Heavenly Crib®
- Disability Accessible Room
- Express/Video Checkout Available
- Accessible Shower and/or Bath
- Individual Climate Control
- Bottled Water
- Connecting Rooms Available
- Data Port
- Signature Bath Amenities
- Turndown Service
- Rollaway Beds
- Coffee Maker with Starbucks Coffee
- Suites Available
- Air-Conditioned Room
- Westin Heavenly Bed®
- Refreshment Center
- Knock Light (Hearing Impaired)
- Dual-Line Speaker Telephone
- 24-Hour Front Desk
- 24-Hour Business Center
- Self Parking and Valet Parking Facilities
Recreation & Entertainment
- Indoor Whirlpool
- WestinWORKOUT® Gym
- Heated Indoor/Outdoor Pool
We have some huge announcements in store for you coming within the next week! First up – our 2014 Convention dates. Mark your calendars for June 28th thru 29th 2014! We had to push it back in order to have it at the hotel that we booked (which will be announced shortly!)
Thanks to Contented Comfort for providing this video!
Another fantastic write up!
Con Kasterborous ( www.conkasterborous.com ) is a Doctor Who convention in Huntsville, Alabama, which also happens to be the location for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal. Con Kasterborous was until this year a rather small local convention where area fans came to groove with other Doctor Who fans after the season was over. But this year marked the first time they had a media guest, Caitlin Blackwood, who played young Amelia Pond during Amy’s and Rory’s time in the TARDIS. Attendance at the convention tripled and they are looking for a larger hotel for 2014. Huntsville fans are no strangers to running conventions because ConStellation has been running yearly since the 1970s, when Your Humble Columnists were young local fans in the area. This resulted in a new convention with a very well trained staff. They were very organized, had very obvious security personnel (all staff had color-coded shirts according to function, sort of like the brightly- colored Daleks of recent seasons), and worked very hard to make sure the extremely large crowd for the convention space all had a good time while staying safe.