Michael with David Warner

Cardiff Film and Comic Con was held at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd March 2014. The event promised to build upon the success of the previous Cardiff Film and Comic Con in 2013. The event brought together the stars from TV, Film and Comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots with the stars, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and Film Memorabilia including some Star Trek guests – David Warner and Mike Collins.

The David Warner talk was incredible. I had never met David before and I was not sure how he would be as a guest. Being a Star Trek fan I of course knew David from Star Trek V, VI and of course my favourite two part story from TNG “Chain of Command”. However, those are only a few of the roles that this great actor has played. I loved him as Jack the Ripper in the time travel film “Time after Time” (directed by Nick Meyer) with Malcolm McDowell. During the talk David was very aware that there were some members of the talk audience who may not have see his earlier work and would only speak about those roles for a short time. David spoke about how he has grown tired of playing the “bad guy” and which roles he would not feel comfortable playing anymore including those who may be suffering from age related conditions. David also spoke about being on Doctor Who and playing the Doctor in the Big Finish audio productions. When a Star Trek question was posed it made him laugh since the question asked was about being directed by William Shatner in Star Trek V. It seems this is one of the most popular questions he is asked about his time on Trek. David was very diplomatic, he explained that he was not aware of the conflicts within the original cast and found Shatner to be a competent director. When asked; David said he preferred his role on Star Trek V since he had to wear no makeup.

I also got an autograph from David and we spoke briefly about Star Trek. He was also very kind to record a bumper for Visionary Trek. He really is a great guy and even mentioned “four lights” when we recorded. My only regret is that I did not take a picture of me with David at his signing table. The photo with David was also a highlight for me, he remembered me from earlier in the day (which was really nice) and I don’t think it looks too bad.

As well as the stars of film and TV I love comics. Attending the convention was artist Mike Collins who has drawn not only Star Trek but also Doctor Who. I introduced myself to Mike and explained I had a message for him from comic writer Scott Tipton. I had recently interviews Scott for the Holodeck podcast and mentioned I was going to meet Mike, he asked me to send his regards and that he would be in touch soon. Mike was really nice; we arranged to talk about an interview for the show and he gave me an autograph including a small picture of Matt Smith. Watch this space for some awesome interviews and chats coming up on The Holodeck and our ‘Off The Record’ shows.

–          Michael