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2014 Brighton

Thursday 12th February 2015

2014 saw two major changes from the previous exhibit. We were now positioned back near the main windows of the Brighton Centre, so that the sun (such that it was) could stream in through the TARDIS walls and create a brilliant effect. Actually, as planned, the walls looked great just with the normal light coming in through the windows - overcast weather seemed to do the trick.

Here's the set after the build on the Thursday evening...
As you can see we had the grey Genesis dalek and the radio-controlled Evil dalek - both firm favourites with our audience. Whilst the sun was out on the first day we had a visit from the Mayor of Brighton and Hove...
The TARDIS set looked quite good we think although the central column was a hasty construction as the version we used for The Never Was needed some repair. It was wired for lights but they didn't seem to look good enough with the brightness of the room, so were swiftly ignored. Immediately after filming The Never Was the console was cut up by Ashley (eek) and rebuilt with strenthening plywood behind the original hardboard and timber and reset into six flat panels instead of the two console halves. This meant for a different build - instead of heaving great bits of set around the whole thing was put together by one person. Ideal for shows but even better for storage. The set can now be stored much more easily in future. The central colum has also had a rebuilt with the original motor sidelined for a while whilst another is researched. The intention is to have switchable between manual and motorised, although the motor will not be ready for 2015 show - it is hoped for soon afterwards. Here's the set...

We had the console lights working around the panels - the above shot looks like a "before the show opens quick shot" - we really must take some shots of the set without any people in this year!

And of course in 2014 on the second day we were visited by not one, but (we think) 25 Doctors Who - or is that Doctor Whos... See another article for that - suffice to say it really made the event!

The three day event finished on the Sunday, and the marathon of packing away started at 5.45 or so after everyone had left. Two or three van journeys and a late night - but worth it! See you again in 2015...