IT'S ALL OVER! PHEW
I don't know where to start but we
would like to say a huge thank you to all the guests, volunteers
and the attendees on what was a truly fantastic weekend...
A full list of confirmed guests and
activities have now been posted online. Please download the
registration letter for all the details of how to book tickets
for backstage passes and details about registration times.
Ticket and Accommodation booking will be
open until Wednesday 12th May at 1pm.
LATEST GUEST NEWS
Unfortunately due to last minute
changes to filming schedules we have lost Jean Marsh (who's
working on Upstairs Downstairs), Ace Bhatti (who's working on
the new series of Sarah Jane Adventures) and Michael Goldsmith
from our Utopia line up.
Therefore we have a host of new
names to reveal:
1987, Sophie Aldred was cast as Ace in Doctor Who,
joining with the story Dragonfire until the series conclusion in
Both before and since Doctor Who, Sophie has had a varied and
busy television career, particularly in children's programming,
where she has presented educational programmes such as
Corners, Melvin and Maureen's Music-a-grams,
long-running BBC series Words and Pictures and also CITV
paranormal show It's a Mystery in 1996. She has also
reprised her role as Ace in the charity special Dimensions in
Time and the Doctor Who audio plays produced by Big Finish
Productions. Throughout the 2000s she has worked extensively as
a voice-over artist for television advertisements, and has also
provided voices for animated series such as Bob the Builder
and Dennis & Gnasher.
Childs has just finished a sell-out run playing Martha to
Matthew Kelly’s George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Tracey is best known for playing
Lynne Howard in the popular eighties drama Howards’ Way,
and Linda Cosgrove in the long running Born and Bred. In
2010 she starred as Metalla in the Season Four episode The
Fires of Pompeii. This year Tracey joined the TARDIS
alongside Sylvester McCoy as Nazi sympathizer Klein for Big
Finish Productions. She also stars in the new supernatural
Victor Pemberton audio drama Dark for Fantom Films.
Other television work includes
Prometheus, playing Rose in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,
The Devil’s Crown, The Amazing Affair of Adelaide Harris,
Strangers, Landseer- Working Out The Beast, playing Marianne
in Sense and Sensibility, Bergerac, Jane Eyre, Captain Zep, A
Talent for Murder, As Seen on TV and Dempsey and
Barry is a well-established British television director who
was well known for his work on the science fiction series Doctor
Who. His contributions to the programme have included: The
Daleks – Episodes 1,2,4,5, The Rescue, The Romans, The
Savages, The Power of the Daleks, The Dæmons, The Mutants,
Robot, The Brain of Morbius and The Creature from the Pit.
He also directed the direct-to-video spinoff Downtime.
His other television credits include Z Cars, Out of the
Unknown, Paul Temple, Poldark, All Creatures Great and Small,
Juliet Bravo and the science fiction series, The Tripods.
Fountain has contributed to many radio and television comedy
programmes, including Have I Got News for You, 2DTV, The News
Quiz, Loose Ends and Big Impression. Their most
notable work, however, has been for Dead Ringers in which
Fountain occasionally makes cameo appearances.
Fountain is a fan of Doctor Who, and has contributed to several
audio dramas based on the programme. His first licensed Doctor
Who work was as script editor on the webcast Death Comes to
Time. He has also written two Doctor Who audio plays for Big
Finish Productions, Omega and The Kingmaker.
AYESHA ANTOINE JOINS UTOPIA 2010
Antoine began her television career in the 1990s playing
Poppy Silver in Grange Hill. At this time she also made
her first appearance in Holby City. Other television
credits include the role of Kelly Grogan in sitcom pilot
Placebo and a husband-beating shoplifter in The Bill.
In 2007 Antoine guest starred as
Dee Dee Blasco in the Doctor Who episode Midnight and
then joined the regular cast of Holby City in 2008,
playing Staff Nurse Rachel Baptiste.
Unfortunately, due to work
commitments both Anthony Lewis and James Albrecht are no longer
able to attend Utopia 2010 - both sent their apologises and hope
to join us at future events.
GUEST: WILLIAM RUSSELL
Russell played science teacher Ian Chesterton, one of the four
original Doctor Who team in 1963, starring opposite William
Hartnell as the Doctor, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and
Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman.
His involvement in the series lasted
a staggering 77 episodes. He eventually departed, alongside
Jacqueline, in the penultimate story of the second season,
Other credits include Coronation
Street, Boon, Robin of Sherwood, The Black Adder, The
Professionals, Superman: The Movie, Van der Valk, Crown Court,
Father Brown, Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Breaking Point, The Great
Escape, Armchair Theatre, Tales from Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
and The Adventures of Sir Lancelot.
Four decades on from his first appearance, Russell continues to
contribute to the Doctor Who universe, narrating for BBC Target
audio books as well as companion chronicles and drama for Big
NEW GUEST: WE CALL HER <<MYRA>>!
known for her recurring role as Anne Tranter in the 1970s
television drama series Survivors we welcome Myra
Francis, making her convention debut with Utopia 2010. Myra
played villainous Lady Adrasta in the 1979 Doctor Who
serial The Creature from the Pit.
Myra also appeared in several comedy
films of the 1970s including Don't Just Lie There, Say
Something! She also played James Hadleigh's love interest,
Stella Clisby, in the fourth series of Hadleigh, as well
as playing a barrister, Valerie Scott, in several episodes of
Crown Court in 1976.
NEW GUESTS: JAMES GOSS & KEN BENTLEY
Films is pleased announce the additions of James Goss and Ken
Bentley to Utopia 2010.
James Goss was the senior content
producer in charge of the official Doctor Who website. Having
produced previous Doctor Who web animations (such as Scream
of the Shalka), in 2005, Goss developed and produced the
animations of two missing episodes of the The Invasion
with Cosgrove Hall. In 2006, Goss developed and produced Doctor
Who The Infinite Quest, a Doctor Who animation shown on
BBC One and CBBC in 2007. He was also producer of the special
features for the DVD release.
His first novel, Torchwood:
Almost Perfect was released in October, 2008, which was
followed by the novel Risk Assessment and radio play
Golden Age in 2009. He has also written the BBC Doctor Who
audio books Dead Air and The Hounds of Artemis.
He has also written the Being
Human novel: Bad Blood and the Dark Shadows
audio reading: The Doll House.
Ken Bentley will be joining us
courtesy of Big Finish. Ken has directed a number of Big Finish
audio plays including: Leviathan, The Death Collectors,
Kingdom of Silver, Forty-Five, The Magic Mousetrap, Enemy of the
Daleks, The Angel of Scutari and The Darkening Eye.
He has just completed directing the four 'Lost' Sylvester McCoy
stories for 2011.
BOOM BANG-A-BANG: DANNY
Films is pleased to welcome Danny Hargreaves who is the special
effects supervisor and has worked extensively on Doctor Who,
The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood.
GUEST: JOSEPH LIDSTER
Lidster first wrote for Doctor Who in 2002 for the audio
production company Big Finish, since then he has written a
further five full cast dramas, as well as contributions to audio
adaptations of Sapphire & Steel, UNIT, Bernice Summerfield,
The Tomorrow People and most recently Dark Shadows.
In 2008, he made his television writing debut with Torchwood:
A Day in the Death, which was soon to be followed with two
adventures for The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Mad Woman in
the Attic & The Mark of the Berserker.
GUEST: SIMON GUERRIER
Guerrier is a science fiction author and dramatist.
His Doctor Who novels include: The Time Travellers, The
Pirate Loop and The Slitheen Excursion, he has also
edited and contributed to a number of Short Trip anthologies.
For Big Finish he has written the full cast audio dramas: The
Settling and The Judgement of Isskar, and the
Companion Chronicles: Home Truths, The Prisoner's Dilemma
and The Drowned World. For Bernice Summerfield audios:
The Lost Museum, Summer of Love and The Wake. He has
also written for the Primeval (Fire and Water) and Being
Human (The Road) novel ranges.
NEW WORKSHOP: THAT'S LIFE
Watling's autobiography is being launched at Utopia, and to
celebrate, this exclusive workshop will look at the processes
involved in the creation of the book.
Deborah, along with co-author Paul Ballard, will discuss the
project from early development, all the way through to the final
printing, including unused and alternative sections from
NEW GUEST: DAVID ATKINS
Films is pleased to announce a new guest for Utopia 2010 - actor
David will star in the the
forthcoming fifth series episodes Time of the Angels and
Flesh and Stone, alongside the new Doctor: Matt Smith.
His other television credits include regular Jimmy in
Shameless, David Blair in The Street and as Daniel
Martin in City Lights and Northern Lights.
NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Films is pleased to announce that Chook Sibtain will be joining
our Doctor Who celebrations in May.
Chook recently starred as Tarak Ital in the 2009 special The
Waters of Mars. he also starred at Mark Grantham in the two
part Sarah Jane Adventure - Warriors of Kudlak!
Other credits include: Robin Hood - The Enemy of My Enemy,
Doctors, Holby City, The Bill, Where the Heart Is, Footballers'
Wives, Grease Monkeys, Bad Girls, EastEnders and The
WHO'S THAT GIRL? NICOLA BRYANT
Girl, Nicola Bryant will be joining us for Utopia 2010.
Credits include My Family, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty,
Parting Shots, Animal Ark, The 10 Percenters, The Biz and
Blackadder's Christmas Carol.
Nicola has starred in over twenty Big Finish audio adventures,
as well as a new series of 'Lost' stories from the original
television series. She also starred in a series of BBV Dramas
alongside Colin Baker; The Airzone Solution, The Stranger: In
Memory Alone, More Than a Messiah and Summoned by Shadows.
PAUL RICHARD BIGGIN
Films welcome Paul Richard Biggin who will be joining us
for this years Utopia. Paul starred in the Tenth Doctor episode:
Next guest announcement tomorrow!
NEW GUEST: DANIEL
the first of five guest announcements this week, we welcome
aboard Daniel King in his first convention appearance.
Daniel starred as Davenport in the David Tennant episode The
Unicorn & The Wasp.
Next guest announcement tomorrow!
NEW GUEST: DAVID SPENSER
credits include: Pretenders, BBC Play of the Month: The
Merchant of Venice & The Cherry Orchard, Softly Softly, Carry
On... Up the Khyber, The Saint, Adam Adamant Lives, King of the
River, A Farewell to Arms, Dixon of Dock Green, The Earth Dies
Screaming, Z Cars, No Hiding Place, Studio 4, Armchair Theatre,
The Stranglers of Bombay, Overseas Press Club – Exclusive, Anne
of Green Gables, Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School and
The Bell Family.
NEW GUEST: VICTOR PEMBERTON
Pemberton wrote the 1968 Patrick Troughton story Fury from
the Deep (which he subsequently novelised for Target Books).
The story, now missing from the BBC archives, was based on an
earlier stand-alone radio serial he had written called The
Slide, starring future Master actor Roger Delgado. He was
also story editor of season five opener The Tomb of the
In 1976 Victor wrote the audio drama Doctor Who and the
Pescatons for an experiment in Doctor Who on vinyl
record and an early spin-off from the programme. The production
was aimed at children and is heavily based on ideas Victor had
used for Fury from the Deep. He later novelised The
Pescatons, which was the final Doctor Who book published
under the Target imprint. He had previously appeared as an actor
in the series, in a non-speaking role as a scientist in the 1967
story The Moonbase.
RETURN OF THE LEATHER LUNGS!
into a great theatrical family, Deborah Watling side stepped
early aspirations to become a dentist to join the acting
profession, and starred in a number of productions as a child
actress, including ITC's Invisible Man series.
In 1967 Deborah
joined Doctor Who as the Second Doctor's companion Victoria
Waterfield. From The Evil of the Daleks through to
Fury from the Deep she battled the likes of Ice Warriors,
Yeti, Cybermen and Daleks, with her notorious scream becoming a
regular feature, earning her the nickname "leather lungs".
the series she has appeared on the silver screen opposite Cliff
Richard in Take Me High and David Essex in That'll Be
The Day. She has also made guest appearances in series such
as Doctor In Charge and Rising Damp, and was the
infamous "Naughty" Norma in the ITV classic Danger UXB.
Her extensive theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz,
There's A Girl In My Soup, Don't Dress For Dinner and
In 1993 Deborah
made a brief return as Victoria for the Children In Need
special Dimensions In Time, and has since reprised the
role for the Big Finish Companion Chronicles range, including
the recently released The Emperor of Eternity, which
reunited her with former co-star Frazer Hines.
2010 sees the
publication of her long awaited autobiography Daddy's Girl,
which will be launched at Utopia, alongside some additional
BIG FINISH PRESENTS THE LOST STORIES
Finish will be presenting a special 'Lost Stories' panel with a
number of guests coming together to give us the behind the
scenes story of the new series of audio dramas.
Joining us will be series producer
David Richardson, director Lisa Bowerman, director
and adapter John Ainsworth, actor John Banks (Hern
the Hunter, Leviathan and The Caller, Song of
Megaptera), cover designer Alex Mallison (who also
starred in Point of Entry) and writer Paul Finch
(who adapted his fathers script Leviathan).
14/01: NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: ZIENIA MERTON
Films are proud to announce that Zienia Merton will be
reunited with director
Ziena starred as Ping-Cho in the
1964 story Marco Polo and recently as the registrar at
the SJA story The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. Her
most memorable role is that of Sandra Benes in Space: 1999,
the science fiction series produced by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia
Other television appearances
include: Strange Report, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Jason
King, Return of the Saint, Dempsey and Makepeace, Tenko and
Crime Traveller. She was a lead actor as Christina in the
Dennis Potter television adaptation of Casanova with
Frank Finlay, and appeared on The Benny Hill Show in
1972, playing the wife of Hill's Chow Mein character.
11/01: FIRST GUEST ANNOUNCED
Films are proud to announce the first guest for Utopia 2010;
Waris Hussein, director of the first ever story, An
In 1964 he returned to the series to
direct the fourth serial, Marco Polo. He went on to enjoy
a successful career directing many productions such as a 1965
BBC television version of A Passage to India; a
suffragette movement drama Shoulder to Shoulder; the BBC
serial Notorious Woman; and the Thames Television serial
Edward and Mrs Simpson. The latter two productions saw
him working once more with former Doctor Who producer Verity
Lambert. He also directed the theatrical motion picture version
of Henry VIII and his Six Wives starring Keith Michell
and Donald Pleasance.
In 1983 he declined an offer to direct the twentieth anniversary
Doctor Who special, The Five Doctors, and went on to
direct several television movies in the United States. in the
1980s & 90s.
26/11: UTOPIA WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Fantom Films are proud to announce our annual
convention has just got bigger! Brought to you over two days,
Utopia 2010, will boast a number of exciting features including
FREE Backstage Passes, FREE Workshops, Themed nights and
entertainment against the historic and beautiful backdrop of
Like our intimate events in Chiswick, we are
keeping prices to a minimum - a weekend Adult ticket costs only
£70 - with no hidden admin or VAT charges. Included in the
package are TWO free signatures per guest, with extras only at
Take a look at our website - certain sections
are rather bare at the moment - but over the coming months -
more information will be added.
26/11: LAUNCH INCENTIVE
Anyone who purchases a ticket before
January 2010 will receive a FREE compilation DVD of all our