CON KASTERBOROUS 2017 GUESTS
In 1980, Davison signed a contract to play the Doctor for three years, succeeding Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor) and, at age 29, was at the time the youngest actor to have played the lead role, a record he retained for nearly thirty years until Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) took the role in 2009 at age 26. Attracting such a high-profile actor as Davison was as much of a coup for the programme’s producers as getting the role was for him, but he did not renew his contract because he feared being typecast. Patrick Troughton (who had played the Second Doctor and whom Davison had watched on the programme as a teenager) had recommended to Davison that he leave the role after three years, and Davison followed his advice. The Fifth Doctor encountered many of the Doctor’s best-known adversaries, including the Daleks (in Resurrection of the Daleks) and the Cybermen (in Earthshock).
After leaving Doctor Who, Davison would come back to the franchise on a few occasions. He presented the special videotape documentary release Daleks – The Early Years (1993), showcasing selected episodes of missing Dalek stories from both the First Doctor and Second Doctor’s eras. Davison did, in fact, return to play the Fifth Doctor in the 1993 multi-doctor charity special Dimensions in Time and in the 1997 video game Destiny of the Doctors (audio only). He continues to reprise the role in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions. He returned once again in “Time Crash”, a special episode written by Steven Moffat for Children in Need; in the episode, which aired on 16 November 2007, the Fifth Doctor met the Tenth Doctor, played by future son-in-law David Tennant. Tennant later presented a documentary, Come in Number Five, which examined Davison’s Doctor Who years in some detail, and which was included as a special feature on the 2011 DVD re-release of Resurrection of the Daleks. It is one of many DVD releases of his Doctor Who serials in which Davison has appeared as an in-vision interviewee or in DVD commentary recordings.
In 2012, Davison expressed further interest in returning to the role of the Doctor for the series’ 50th anniversary, but he did not take part. He did, however, write and direct The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, an affectionate and comedic account of Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and himself attempting to get parts in the Anniversary Special, featuring cameos from numerous Doctor Who cast, crew, and famous fans.
Scottish actress Neve McIntosh, acclaimed for playing Victorian crime-fighting investigator “Madame Vastra,” a recurring compatriot of TV’s Doctor Who, will be a headlining guest at the sixth annual Con Kasterborous, the Huntsville, Alabama-based Doctor Who convention, June 10-11, 2017, at the Westin Huntsville.
Gareth David-Lloyd (born 28 March 1981), known professionally as Gareth David-Lloyd, is a Welsh actor best known for his role as Ianto Jones in the British science fiction series Torchwood.
While studying at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys, David-Lloyd appeared in various local stage productions at the Dolman Theatre in Newport and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. David-Lloyd went on to train at the National Youth Theatre, before moving to Reading to pursue his acting career with The Rep College. David-Lloyd’s parts have included Sebastian in Twelfth Night on stage.
In the 2004 comedy/drama Mine All Mine, written by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies, he played a character named Ianto Jones. In 2005, David-Lloyd began a part-time degree in philosophy and psychological studies with the Open University. David-Lloyd returned to Wales for the filming of his first regular television role in 2006 for Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, in which he played Ianto Jones, a member of the fictional Torchwood Institute. David-Lloyd has appeared in three of four series of Torchwood and even made an appearance in the Doctor Who series 4 finale episodes “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End”. David-Lloyd has also recorded a Torchwood audio book, The Sin Eaters, and appeared in the Torchwood audio dramas Lost Souls, Asylum, Golden Age, The Dead Line, The Lost Files, and The House of the Dead.
David-Lloyd has recorded a number of M.R. James Ghost Stories entitled Tales of the Supernatural.
In 2009 he appeared in the short comedy film A Very British Cover-up, while also appearing as a police detective in Internet crime thriller, Girl Number Nine, also starring Tracy Ann Oberman, premiering online on 30 October 2009.
In 2010 David-Lloyd starred in an episode of the long-running ITV1 series The Bill first aired on 21 January 2010 and also appeared as Dr. John Watson in 2010 direct-to-DVD film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum. He also appeared in the pantomime Cinderella at the Charter Theatre Preston playing the character of Prince Charming.
David-Lloyd will also be appearing in Casimir Effect, an independent short feature, starring as Dr Robert Cameron. This film began shooting in early 2010. The production company has said this is a proof of concept which will see Casimir Effect developed into a TV series.
In June 2011, Gareth appeared as a main character in the Syfy movie Red Faction: Origins based on the video games.
In 2011 David-Lloyd also appeared in a season 3 episode of the SyFy show Warehouse 13 titled “3…2…1…”, as an agent of Warehouse 12 in the 1890s, partnered with H. G. Wells.
On 30 October 2012, David-Lloyd started appearing on Holby City, in a role he played until January 2013.
Ellie Collins was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. She was always artistic and creative, but in her high school days she discovered a deep love for the theater and costuming. Since then she’s created over one hundred costumes for herself and other actors and cosplayers. She’s won numerous awards, and has even been featured in magazines for her costuming work. Also, she has gone on to do seamstress work for film and television.
Ellie has gone on to write “Empire Valley”. It was an idea she had mulled around for many years, then the drive to write finally came with 2011’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where she wrote 50,000 words in the month of November. Since then, each year she participates and encourages others to participate in NaNoWriMo and follow their writing dreams.
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!