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Doctor Who convention attracts sci-fi stars

University students are hoping to attract hundreds of people by creating a convention that will bring the magic of Doctor Who to Bournemouth fans next year.

The ‘Bournemouth Invasion’ convention will host big names like Terry Molloy who played evil Dalek leader Davros, Simon Fisher-Becker, who played supporting character Dorium Maldovar and writer and script editor Andrew Cartmel.

Fans can expect Q&A’s with guests as well as photo opportunities with iconic props, and merchandise, including the 1963 Tardis used during William Hartnell’s era as the Doctor.

The convention is being launched by members of the Bournemouth University Whovian Society, which has been running for three years.

Third year Games Design student, and president of the Whovian Society, Anthony Willis said: “Conventions have this exciting atmosphere that you don’t get anywhere else where everyone around you is someone who loves all the same things you do.

“We are in contact with a few people who will hopefully be bringing along some very exciting props for fans to look at.”

The convention will be held in Kimmeridge House on the Bournemouth University campus and is open to the general public.

The ‘Bournemouth Invasion’ will be family orientated offering fun children’s activities such as face painting.

Fans will be able to buy a variety of merchandise with one hall of the building being completely dedicated to the selling of Doctor Who related goods.

The event has been in the works since October last year and is completely self-funded by ticket and merchandise sales.

Anthony added: “I still feel like I’m dreaming half the time. When a star from Doctor Who confirms their attendance I still get a moment where I am overcome with a feeling of utter joy.

“Organsing the convention has been one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time.”

“The building has a maximum capacity of 400 and I see no reason why we couldn’t reach that with the right advertising.”

Students can buy discounted tickets and fans are encouraged to buy the gold tier ticket in order to gain complete access to the event.

The ‘Bournemouth Invasion’ convention will held at Bournemouth University in Kimmeridge House on 21 February 2015.

For more information or to buy a ticket visit the convention website.