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18 February

Posted: February 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »



I am going to attempt a brief recap of the weekend! I love being around Farscape/Sg1 fans who are seeing Ben for the first time! On Saturday I attended Gallifrey One — an amazing fan run Dr. Who convention in Los Angeles. We sat through several fun panels and were able to get front row seats!  A man my age(50’s)  sat next to me.He was from the UK and it was his first convention in America and he couldn’t believe he was getting to see “John Crichton”. Ben was really on his game seamlessly shifting from Dr. Who to Farscape to Hollywood to SG1 and beyond. To “get” Farscape requires an extremely agile mind I have always believed and to follow Ben when he is  “on”  does as well. This guy was astounded He kept saying “This is great!”. I could only answer I know !! I am tweaking the video of this. Many great stories which I have to say are never told in a bored or rote fashion. I found myself laughing as hard at his telling of his Farscape audition as I did in 2000 when I first heard it! As Gallifrey is a Dr.Who event he shared his love of the show( he had to do it or else his kids would have killed him!). Asked his favorite Dr he gave the answer we have heard in interviews — Matt Smith is amazing in the way he owns “his” Doctor but Ben attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama with Chris Eccelston so he is his favorite not to mention he gave the series new life. On Sunday at the Grand Slam he mentioned a couple of things he had said the day before and made them fresh. Some actors who do cons go on answer questions yet seem on autopilot. Right before Ben came out on Sunday Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner were on stage. I first saw them at Grand Slam in the 90’s. The were courteous and humorous but not invested in what they were doing. Now however they are able to have fun and there is alot of energy. I have seen Ben onstage at conventions since 2000, including 4 times at Dragon Con when his agent and mentor was nearing the end of his battle with cancer. He always generates energy. I liken his stage performance to the ride that was Farscape. Below is Action John’s photo with the 10th Doctor’s companion Freema Agyeman. I was walking back to join friends and passed Ben talking to a fan and flashed it at him —- “Niiiice” was his comment  :mrgreen: