Sunday, February 20, 2011

Peter Davison Takes the TARDIS to Gallifrey 22

I'm sorry, but I don't need anyone telling me that Peter Davison, the former Fifth Doctor on Doctor Who, is "the greatest man who ever lived."  I've known that since 1984 when I was 15 years old.

In a video production created for the opening ceremonies to the Doctor Who convention Gallifrey 22, held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, Davison arrives by nothing less than the TARDIS.  Starting off at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End, where Davison is starring in the production of Legally Blonde, he learns that he has confused the dates of his appearance at Gallifrey 22 and hurriedly races to Heathrow Airport in the hopes of making a last-ditch flight.

On the way, though, Davison is momentarily stopped by Freema (Martha Jones) Agyeman, who wants his autograph.  After missing his flight, he receives visions of Janet (Tegan Jovanka) Fielding chiding him and Sarah (Nyssa) Sutton wondering if he can be replaced by his Doctor Who successor, Colin Baker.  Trying to reassure himself about disappointing his fans in California, Davison is ordered out of his cab by his future son-in-law David (The Tenth Doctor) Tennant.

Davison gets dropped off at the Olympia exhibition hall, currently hosting the Doctor Who Experience, and after walking past a series of Doctor costumes (focusing for a moment on the Fifth's), he turns and sees the TARDIS.  Throwing his coat to the floor, he activates the TARDIS controls, smiling as the console's central column lights up and begins to rise and fall.  The lights at the convention come up and Davison, now live and in person, emerges from a TARDIS on the Gallifrey 22 stage to cheering fans.

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.  Thankfully, a kind convention attendee going by the name of Nerdchik recorded the video and Davison's appearance and posted it on YouTube, which you can see here...


  1. I love this video! I was at the convention when it was shown, but the fans were screaming so loud I couldn't make out what Peter said when he was at the controls of the Tardis. Does anyone know?

    1. Sadly, I have no idea because I can't make it out either. It would be nice if this video turned up one of Davison's re-issed "Special Edition" Doctor Who DVDs (even as an Easter Egg) so we can listen to it properly, but until then, it's probably going to remain a mystery.