Fans queue up to see former companion at Penarth Pier Pavilion

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A SCIENCE fiction fan that organised a Doctor Who themed event at the Penarth Pier Pavilion has raised more than £300 for charity.

Neil Goodman organised the "A Day in the Life of" event with the actress Louise Jameson, who is better known for her role as Leela, the companion to Tom Baker's fourth Doctor.

“The event was a massive success and was attended by more than 50 people, many of whom hadn’t been to the pavilion before,” said Neil Goodman.

“Everyone seemed to love it, with two people deciding to spend their birthday with us and one of them saying it was an excellent day and his best birthday ever.”

After an absence of nearly 15 years, Doctor Who fan Neil decided to revive the fan-run mini conventions that he, along with the local science fiction club Timeless, ran in the Doctor Who wilderness years between 1997 and 2001.

They were mini-conventions raising money for various charities and included such guests a Lis Sladen (Sarah Jane), Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Nicola Bryant (Peri). He was also inspired by the return to the stage of his other love - Kate Bush.

He added: “This was a one-off return to doing conventions after a break of almost 15 years, but it was such a success that we might be tempted to do another one-off.”

Louise regaled everyone with tales of what it was like to be a part of shows such as Doctor Who, Tenko, EastEnders, Doc Martin and Doctors.

The one-off event was held at the Penarth Pier Pavilion on Sunday, August 10.

All proceeds raised from the night will go towards Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd, the charity that runs the Penarth Pier Pavilion.

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