Thursday, 24 January 2013

MotorMouth in the snow

"Janet Fielding has a new fight on her hands not against the Daleks or Cybermen but against cancer. Peter Davison has swung into action and enlisted the help of his fellow Doctors to launch Project MotorMouth. It will not only raise money for a good cause but also keep Janet's spirits up."
Project MotorMouth Website. 

Last weekend I took a trip to Slough, Friday was one of those snowy days in the UK which we have trouble with. Even the threat of snow causes most transport networks to throw their hands in the air and cancel services before even the first flake falls. So it was with some surprise that I made it to Slough station on Friday afternoon, but it was no surprise to find that buses and taxis had given up and gone home. So with iphone navigation myself and another poor bugger I found stranded at the station began to navigate a treacherous route by foot to the hotel. Fortunately I made it there alive.

Even more fortunately the weather improved for Saturday so the majority of the attendees made it, along with all the guests with the exception of poor John Leeson who found himself stuck in Hamburg, due to strike action rather than foul weather. Full marks also go to Colin Baker, who was rehearsing in Lincoln in the morning due to commitments he had to his touring play (The Lady in White), but still came and signed for everyone when the easy option would have been to have cried off.

As crew I had a delightful time in the morning as PA for Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium in the previous series), and the line up of Doctors was quite an event, with Doctors 5, 7, 8 & 10 on stage together. A good sum was raised in the auction for the MotorHouse project (*) - a project to renovate West Cliff Hall in Ramsgate being championed by Janet Fielding as part of her recovery therapy. It seems to be working as Janet was in fine form Saturday.

For more details of the project and to donate direct you can visit the project's website:

There is a second event planned for August, this time driven by companions rather than Doctors, I'm sure it will be a great event and there are still a few tickets left. For more details visit...

(*) Motorhouse is the project to renovate West Cliff Hall in Ramsgate, MotorMouth is the name for the fundraising done in Janet's name, as Tegan was known as 'The Mouth on Legs' during her time in Doctor Who.

Details of Colin's tour can be found here: