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By Emily Booth, Monday 4th May 2015 OK, so a brief butchers online and I found a staggering 11 Horror and Sci-Fi festivals throughout the month of May in America – 11 in one month!!! They certainly love to get their geek on, but while most of us can’t zoom over the pond for a Sci-Fi love-in there is one big fantasy fest right here in the UK that’s worth a pop if you like your Doctor Who’s (and you know we do!) your Red Dwarf’s and your Thunderbirds.
It’s called BritSciFi and they are holding the festival in the very fitting National Space Centre up in Leicester, groovy. So if you don’t want to just watch classic Doctor Who on Horror but want to see it come alive in all its cult monstrous glory then this is the place to go next weekend.
We love our cult fantasy and Sci Fi TV here on Horror, and so it seems do you with Xena: Warrior Princess, Dark Angel and of course the one and only Doctor Who being some of our biggest audience pullers.
Horror Channel’s love affair with classic Doctor Who has been an incredible success, both for our viewers as well as our branding; for the launch of Doctor Who on Horror back in April 2014 (for which I interviewed Tom Baker whilst 8 months pregnant!) we had Drover design the entire marketing campaign in terms of posters and online artwork. The iconic and unique visual style has given a very cool contemporary vibe to a decades old show that is part of TV history and has even won us a Gold medal at the prestigious, Promax Europe, 2015. The funky red, blue and white colour scheme almost have an Andy Warhol effect and it has completely reinvigorated the Doctor Who-niverse! Horror Channel has its own dedicated micro site for Doctor Who and not only is it incredibly funky, retro and stylishly designed, it’s full of fabulous tit bits of info, trivia, quizzes and photos and any discerning Who-bie should have a blast there especially playing the ‘Daleks Attack’ game where Daleks come at you from various city centres!
So now you’re feeling the love for the Doctor how about meeting one of them?! Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) and Nichola Bryant who played Peri will be appearing at BritSciFi on Sunday 10th May where you can get signings and photos. Also on offer is a ‘Monster Movement’ workshop with Jon Davey who played a variety of monsters in 26 episodes of Doctor Who including Cybermen and Daleks; this is something I would love having played various monsters myself!
BritSciFi is on this weekend 9th &10th May, for more click here.
Doctor Who is on Horror weekdays at 10am, 2.20pm and 7.50pm plus various times at the weekend. Head to our website for extensive listings!
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