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Who favourites help fans turn back time

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

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DOCTOR Who fans mingled with actors and directors from the hit sci-fi show at a gathering in Swansea.

Former Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy talked about their time in the spotlight while Sir Derek Jacobi, who played The Master in Utopia, also talked about his Shakespearean roles.

Cary Woodward, organiser of the Regenerations event, said some 230 people came along to the city's Village Hotel yesterday.

"It went extremely well," said Mr Woodward, of St Thomas. "We have had attendees from Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Italy."

Those present also included 31 guest actors, directors and staff connected with the long-running BBC programme. Among them was Paul Darrow, also known as Avon from Blake's 7, while a replica dalek and K-9 went down well.

Mr Woodward, 48, works as a standards manager for a funeral company and shares his St Thomas home with a massive collection of memorabilia from the show.

He said next year's Regenerations gathering was likely to be his last.

"I've been organising these events since 2004," he said.

"My first was in Aldbourne (Wiltshire) where The Daemons from the Jon Pertwee days was filmed.

"Then the first event was in Swansea in 2005 and I've been doing them every year here since.

"Next year it will be the show's 50th anniversary and my 50th birthday."

Yesterday's star-studded line-up also featured Only Fools And Horses star John Challis, Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates), John Levene (Sergeant Benton) and Anneke Wills, who played Polly in Doctor Who's earliest days.

Mr Woodward added: "Some from Australia actually come on holiday to the UK just so they can attend Regenerations, which is pretty amazing when you think about it."

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