Now that we’ve finished hyperventilating about Paul McGann (but we love you too Colin!), here is the latest from Phoenix Fan Fest:
“We are very excited to celebrate more than 50 years of science fiction excellence with these incredible actors,” says Convention Director Matt Solberg. “We are also honored by the opportunity to bring a bit of the ‘Doctor Who’ legacy to Arizona by having two actors who have portrayed the Doctor as our guests.”
Baker, known for his portrayal of the Sixth Doctor on “Doctor Who” from 1984–1986, has also had an extensive television and theater career. Since getting his start in theater in 1969, Baker has appeared in numerous productions, including “The Price of Justice,” “Great Expectations,” “Spider’s Web,” “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “Corpse!,” “She Stoops to Conquer,” “Noises Off,” and “The Woman in White.” In the 1970s, Baker gained prominence playing Paul Merroney in the television series “The Brothers.” He also appeared in “War and Peace,” “The Edwardians,” “A Fall Of Eagles,” “The Citadel,” “A Dance to the Music of Time,” and “The Waiting Game.” More recently, Baker has appeared in “Doctors,” “Jonathan Creek,” “Hollyoaks,” “Little Britain,” “Kingdom” and “Hustle.” His film career includes roles in “Dangerous Davies,” “The Airzone Solution,” “The Zero Imperative,” “The Harpist,” “Soul’s Ark,” and “The Asylum.” After his appearance on “Doctor Who,” he continued as the Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who audio plays, the stage production “Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure,” and the Children in Need sketch “Dimensions in Time.”
McGann became the Eighth Doctor for the television film “Doctor Who.” The film was produced by the BBC, Universal Studios and Fox. McGann’s career began with television appearances on “Give Us a Break” and “The Monocled Mutineer.” In film, McGann was in “Withnail and I,” “The Monk,” “Tree of Hands,” “Empire of the Sun,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Alien 3.” Starting in 1989, McGann shifted focus to his television career. He portrayed roles on the series “Nice Town,” “Nature Boy,” “The One That Got Away” and the second series of “Hornblower.” McGann has continued to work extensively in television, film and audio productions. Some titles he’s appeared in include “Fairy Tale: A True Story,” “Downtime,” “My Kingdom,” “Queen of the Damned,” “Tripping Over,” “True Dare Kiss,” “Luther” and “Waking the Dead.” His role as the Eighth Doctor continued in a series of audio plays, and his image was used on Doctor Who novels. For the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” McGann was seen regenerating into The War Doctor on the mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor.”
Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest is a second event brought to you by Phoenix Comicon. Fan Fest focuses on comic books, artists, costuming, kids and actors and will be held at The University of Phoenix Glendale Stadium from December 12–14, 2014.
“We believe there is a need for a strong artist and fan focused show during the winter. We believe Arizonans should have an opportunity to showcase their costumes and not melt in the summer heat,” says Matt Solberg. “We believe in providing our community of artists and fans, geeks and exhibitors, a chance to meet more than once a year at a show that is organized, well attended, affordable, and, we hope, will be a fun winter activity.”