Those of you who have been following my blog over the last few weeks will be well aware that I was to meet Paul McGann for this third time this year at Milton Keynes yesterday and I did! I could write a small essay on the events but I will try and simmer it down to just a few paragraphs!
To cut a long story short, every time I meet Paul, it keeps getting better and better! He is such a sweetheart and an absolute joy to be around and the sight of him in reading glasses, standing on a chair is priceless!
I’ve been to plenty of conventions in my time and I’m well aware that you only get about two minutes max to talk & sign with your chosen celeb and I watched this exact thing happen yesterday with the several people in front of me only speaking to Paul for a minute before moving on, so I was preparing myself for this to be a fleeting, but fabulous, few minutes however I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I walked up to Paul and we said hi and I asked him how he was feeling to which he replied ‘I’m happy!’ with the largest smile I’ve ever seen before asking how I was to which I replied with ‘I’m very happy!’ (I mean, who wouldn’t be in that situation?!) He shook my hand and exclaimed that my fingers were really cold, even on the hottest day of the year, so he rubbed them for a little bit to try and warm them up. When he let go I progressed to hand over my Three Sisters script from the Southwark show last month and he signed it whilst saying ‘I don’t know what to write so I’ll put with love because there isn’t enough love in the world.’
We got on to talking about Three Sisters & Chekhov and McCoy was on the table next to us and Paul said McCoy was going to be in a performance of Three Sisters in Edinburgh later this year so all three of us where chatting about that for bit. McCoy got back to speaking to his own guests after a few minutes and Paul turned back to me and the conversation just snowballed from there! We agreed that Chekhov’s Three Sisters is an amazing play and very understated. I told him that I was studying theatre at the moment and my Masters Degree dissertation that I’m writing over the summer will be on adaptations so he has given me a lot to work with! He asked me where I was studying and if I came to watch the show in Southwark and that snowballed even more in to a massive discussion where we talked about fringe theatre and how it’s really hit or miss, my masters degree, adaptations, disrespectful audiences (he talked about one woman sitting holding a camera phone, recording, practically in front of him during one show and one woman tweeting during another show and how they found out who it was and told her off! Apparently her response was ‘I paid for my ticket so I can do what I like’ and me and Paul both went ‘err..no!’ haha! We also spoke about dissertations, audience proximity (he found it quite intimidating sometimes being on the same level as the audience & sometimes bumped in to them!) and about critic responses, talking about how some critics thought the adaptation was, and i quote, ‘shit’ but a classic performance of it that was on at the same time got roughly the same review! We discussed my theatre company too and he said that I was SO busy, trying to juggle my masters degree AND run, direct and write for a theatre company and he said that if he had a brain like mine he would be doing the same too! Altogether it turns out that we had been talking for near enough quarter of an hour!!!! It felt so surreal! All the people before him were only with him for about two minutes max so I couldn’t believe how he was just sat there talking to me for so long! According to my mates, the woman in the queue behind me was really complaining and getting angry that we were talking for so long, as it’s not normally the done thing, but it wasn’t my fault; when I thought the conversation was over, Paul would start a new one! It was utterly brilliant.
When the conversation eventually came to a close, I asked for a photo. He had got his own sonic screwdriver from his bag and thrust it in to my hands saying ‘hold this, hold my sonic screwdriver!’ I said ‘hold it?’ because it was a bit of a surprise and he said ‘Yeah! We’ll take an action shot!’ He started to rub my back during the photo too which was so comforting! We said our goodbyes and then later that day at 2.30pm I had my TARDIS photo shoot with him!
Before that however I picked up a MASSIVE Eighth Doctor poster (29x30 inches) which is now hanging pride of place on my door and I absolutely adore it!
The TARDIS shoot happened really fast! He recognised me from earlier and said ‘hello again!’ as I walked up to him, Paul then saying ‘help me fly this thing!’ as we both leaned across the TARDIS console (which was really wobbly!!) I said thank you when the image was taken and he smiled, winked at me and said ‘see you later’. I winked back and said goodbye. It was a surreal but brilliant moment.
Sorry, I know this has been a massively long post but if you made it to the end, thank you!! I had the most perfect day filled with many special memories and now it’s only 4 weeks today until I get to see him again in Kent!
As per usual, these are my personal pictures. Please don’t post/use elsewhere.
That is exactly how I like “Meeting McGann” reports.
Long with a massive amount of details that make me go *awwww* and *giggle* a lot.
Thank you, truthfully… :)