Colorado Springs welcomed science fiction, fantasy, and horror enthusiasts last weekend to their annual GalaxyFest Convention. Along with the costumes, games, and a vendor room wonderland, attendees were laughing it up at a Q&A panel starring Babylon 5’s Claudia Christian, Doctor Who’s Frazer Hines and Colin Spaull. Christian is best known for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova on the science fiction television series Babylon 5. Although she can boast a mile long filmography, lately she spends her time focusing on helping people through her book Babylon Confidential: a Memoir of Love, Sex, Addiction. Hines is best known for his role of companion Jamie McCrimmon, who happens to be in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running companion of the Doctor. Doctor Who fans know Spaull for his Doctor Who episodes Revelation of the Daleks, The Age of Steel, and Rise of the Cybermen.
The room was filled with Doctor Who and Babylon 5 fans anxious to hear some juicy stories from their favorite celebs. There were a few highlights that had the audience in stitches. Audience member Lindsey asked Claudia what the difference was between working in the UK versus the US. Without haste, Claudia replied with “Money! Actors in the UK are paid far less than actors in the US.” She then went on to mention that the food was worse. Frazer Hines was asked if he had an idea for a book and his reply was that his book would be called “Grandfather’s Balls,” which caused a long pause for laughter. He also joked that when he started in show business, it was “steam television” referring to how long ago it was. Colin Spaull made a highlight with his quote that “old actors never die. Their parts just get smaller.” It was a joke that meshed well with a previous discussion on kilts and dresses. One last question for all trio was what role would they like to be known for on their tombstone. Colin answered Great Expectations. Claudia joked that her best performance simply “being married.” Frazer was sure that his tombstone would say “98 years old, shot dead by a jealous husband.”
The weekend long event was a time for friends and family to revel with fellow nerds, steampunks, and superheroes. It was not only all for the fun; this convention was a fundraiser for the important charity called the Children’s Literacy Center.