:: TIMEGATE 2014 GUESTS
NOTE: All Guests' appearances are subject to change due to work and/or personal commitments.
Paul McGillion is best known to SF fans for his role as Dr. Carson Beckett in the 5-year run of Stargate Atlantis. Paul was born in Paisley, Scotland but moved with his family to Canada at the age of 2, and he's been working in film, television and theatre since 1990. In 1998 he began teaching scene study at the Vancouver Film School. His first appearance in Stargate was Young Ernest Littlefield in the SG1 episode "The Torment of Tantatus" in 1997; seven years later he landed the role of Dr. Beckett. In 2009 he appeared in the Abrams film Star Trek as a barracks leader; his initial interest was in playing Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, and had the endorsement of Chris Doohan, James Doohan's son. McGillion's many other film and television roles include Sliders, X-Files, Seven Days, Smallville, Jake 2.0, Sanctuary, 24, Supernatural, V, Once Upon a Time, Fringe, and the film A Dog's Breakfast, written and directed by his Atlantis co-star David Hewlett.
Paul Kasey is an actor, dancer, choreographer and gymnast who has appeared in the John Cusak film 1408, Blade II alongside Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristopherson, and in the film adaptation of the young adult novel Inkheart. He played a "virus zombie" in the film 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later and was the movement coach for the other zombie performers, and performed all the werewolf scenes in the BBC series Being Human. But he is best known as Doctor Who's "man behind the masks" — and those masks include Judoon Captains, Cyberleaders, Ood, Clockwork Androids, Slitheen, Hath Peck, Weevils, the leader of The Host, and many others. His Doctor Who appearances span from an Auton in the very first new episode ("Rose) to the lead Whisperman in the most recent episode ("The Name of the Doctor").
David Banks is an actor, author, playwright and director. His performances include numerous leading roles for London’s West End, national and regional theatre companies. He has had an equally prolific career as a TV actor with, among many other appearances, long-running portrayals in Brookside, Canary Wharf and of course Doctor Who. He played Karl in the UK theatre tour of Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure and took over as the Doctor when Jon Pertwee fell ill. But it is as the CyberLeader (Earthshock, The Five Doctors, Attack of the Cybermen, Silver Nemesis) that he is best known to Doctor Who fans. David’s books include the much praised Doctor Who – Cybermen and the best-selling novel Iceberg. His play Severance is nothing to do with Raston Robot Warriors and everything to do with the medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard. His latest play Five Marys Waiting depicts five strong women in search of a meaning. It was premiered at the 2012 Norwich Hostry Festival. He is currently directing Between the Lines, a play exploring the Great War and its poets. He is often invited to give his talk "Life as an emotionless killing machine: Cybermen in a Strange State" – so far enjoyed by universities in the UK and Australia. His hypothesised history The ArcHive Tapes: Cybermen, first released on cassette in 1989, has now been re-released as a 4 CD box set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. It is an excellent demonstration of why resistance is useless.
Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. served as the Science Advisor for several television series and movies, including SyFy Channel series Defiance, the TNT series Falling Skies, and the film Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. He performed the same role for four seasons on the Peabody Award winning Battlestar Galactica, as well as Eureka, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, The Event, and The Zula Patrol. He also produced the award-winning short D.N.E.: Do Not Erase.
Robert Allsop is a costume and prop designer on Doctor Who, working during the eras of the 7th, 9th and 11th Doctors, and recently completed work on the Doctor Who 50th Annivesary episode. After studying Theatre Design for three years, Robert served an apprenticeship with the noted jeweller Martin Adams. He was fortunate to work under Martin's supervision on many film and TV projects including the Oscar winning The Last Emperor. Over the next few years, Robert combined this apprenticeship with other work for the Royal Opera House and TV productions such as Doctor Who, Max Headroom and various BBC comedy shows, often collaborating with fellow effects workers Stephen Mansfield and Sue Moore. His impressive resume includes work on X-Men, Robin Hood, Dredd, and he created the armor worn by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. His work on Doctor Who includes "Dragonfire" (alien masks and the melting head effect), "Greatest Show in the Galaxy" (Gods of Ragnorok costumes) "Battlefield" (Jean Marsh's armor), "End of the World" (Forest of Cheem costumes), "Impossible Astronaut" (space suit), "The Girl Who Waited" (Amy's armor and the Handbots) and Rory's Roman armor, plus many others.
British born and with a passion for science fiction, gadget making, acting, and always ready to take a challenge when given one. Paul Bradford studied Photography as well as Art & Design in the UK. This lead to his first publication in 2009, " Wish You Were Here," a collection of travel photography from around the globe. This happened to be the same year Paul made his spot as Tech Manager on the SyFy series Ghost Hunters International. It was from here that Paul's name became known in the Sci-Fi and paranormal community. Out of Paul's continuing love for science fiction stemmed a need to build specialized mechanical and electronic devices that were seen not only on Ghost Hunters International, but among a number of other "ghost hunting” television shows as well. His devices are in constant demand in which he currently continues to build for a well known supplier, Ghost Stop. Paul's workshop is non other than a full sized replica police box he built himself, that was inspired from the hit British series, Doctor Who. He also built a full size Dalek and mobile robot dog, K9, inspired from the British series. Paul states, "I find I'm always looking for something new to build and another challenge to conquer." In 2012 Paul filmed his first feature length movie role as a corrupt FBI agent in the movie Southwest. This movie is currently being made into a television series where Paul will reprise the role of Agent Wesson. The series will air around November 1st 2013 on Bounce TV. In 2012 Paul began designing parody t-shirts which are successfully being sold worldwide through various sites; these designs can be found at http://www.redbubble.com/people/b4dw0lf/portfolio. In 2013 Paul and fellow Ghost Hunters International team member Scott Tepperman are the featured stars in a 4-6 episode animated series voiced by both team members called Hauntoon animated by AFJ Media. This will be exploding on the internet soon. Paul attends charity events when he is able. He is rooted in the belief to always give back. His character and British humor are contagious and with a committed fan base that expands daily as evidence.
Diana Botsford writes science fiction for a variety of mediums
including books, film, television, theatre and comics. Prior to
moving to the novel form, she wrote, produced and directed for 12
years in the television and film industry. Her screenwriting credits
include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiral Zone, and a variety of
children’s series for CBS, NBC and independent networks. As a visual
effects director Botsford has enjoyed the opportunity to play techno
junkie while telling people like George Clooney how to stand in front
of a bluescreen. She has produced multiple
series for television such as the CBS series Harts of the
West and Nightgames. Her theatrical credits include visual effects
directing and supervision for a wide variety of films including Nightmare of Elm Street VI, Tank Girl, From Dusk Til Dawn, Terminator
2 and many independent films. As Associate Producer for D.I.C.
Enterprises and then later as VP of Family Programming for
Kushner-Locke, she produced over 1,000 hours of animation for shows
that included Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, M*A*S*K Force, Spiral
Zone, and the Columbia/Tristar film Pound Puppies & the Legend of Big
Paw. Most recently, Botsford served as Executive Producer on the SF
short Apollo which was a recent selection at the Athens, Greece
International Science Fiction Film Festival.
In addition to Botsford's Stargate: SG-1 novel The Four Dragons, her recently completed written work includes the SF novel Critical
Past and the comic book series The Fracture. As head of the
Screenwriting Program at Missouri State University, she attempts to
corrupt her students’ minds on a daily basis while educating them on
the finer points of storytelling. [New bio and photo coming]
David Read is co-editor of the largest independantly-run Stargate website on the globe, Gateworld.net. David became interested in science fiction when his dad introduced him to the original Star Trek at only three years old. Until the age of six Trek and Public Television were the only programming he was allowed to watch, solidifying his attraction to the genre. He joined GateWorld.net as an editor for the Stargate Omnipedia at the end of SG-1 Season Six, and over the years has worked to make himself an invaluable co-editor with GateWorld partner Darren Sumner. He now participates in interviews, news and podcasts for the website. He currently freelances for Fox Home Entertainment – Stargate’s DVD distributor — as well as the official Stargate magazine, and currently works for Propworx, a company developing a series of official auctions of Stargate properties. [New bio and photo coming]
Chad Colvin: Since 2007, Chad Colvin has acted as an editor and convention coorespondant for GateWorld.net, the Web's largest independently-run Stargate news site. He has previously hosted and been a panelist for various officially licensed Stargate conventions held by Creation Entertainment. On the Whovian side of the spectrum, he currently acts as a featured writer and contributor for Kevin Mitchell's "Who Guide", an app for iPhone and Android. He can soon be seen as a featured cast member — alongside actors from Stargate and Doctor Who — in the upcoming documentary FANomenon, chronicling the power of women in sci-fi fandom and one woman's specific journey in those regards. He lives near Madison, Wisconsin and, unfortunately, is not ginger.
Kelly Yates is a self-taught artist whose love for comics began at age 12. After studying exercise sports science, commercial art and computer graphics in college, he and some friends in the Greensboro, NC area formed Tsunami Studios. His work for DC comics includes titles such as The Green Arrow Secret Files and The JLA/JSA Secret Files, and he's illustrated a series of character trading cards for Marvel Comics. He has also worked for companies such as Hanes Brands as the manager of the Marvel Comics license and K-Mart International as an illustrator on their children's clothing line. Most recently, his work can be seen in IDW's miniseries Doctor Who: The Forgotten. As a long-time fan of the show, Kelly says that "Doctor Who is one of my dream projects." In 2009, Image Comics will launch Kelly's own series, Amber Atoms, which he describes as "a modern-day female Flash Gordon." He is currently drawing Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12, the finale to IDW's year-long 50th Anniversary series.
Louis Robinson currently makes his living as a professional singer/songwriter and can be found regularly performing and working with other singer/songwriters in the area. Before coming to America, he worked for the BBC for many years, in a number of capacities in both television and radio. He wrote, produced, composed and directed many different productions. In the '70s, he worked in the film editing department, contributing to such shows as The Brothers (starring Colin Baker and Kate O'Mara), The Onedin Line, Doomwatch (created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, famous for also creating the Cybermen), and of course, Doctor Who. After leaving the BBC for two years, he returned in 1984 as Program Associate of the hit show Telly Addicts. He worked on the entire run of that show, from the development of its pilot in 1984 to the final episode in 1996. Robinson is also a Sherlock Holmes expert, and enjoys giving presentations on that subject.
Jana Oliver has the perfect job—she listens to the voices in her head and then writes their stories. Her latest creation is the young adult Demon Trappers series sent in a dystopian Atlanta populated by Hellspawn, Deaders and scheming necromancers. The series has gone international, with editions in the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Brazil. The first book was published in early 2011 as The Demon Trapper's Daughter (St. Martin’s Press – U.S.) and as Demon Trappers: Forsaken (Macmillan Children’s Books – U.K.)
Jana’s foray into time travel and alternate history resulted in the multi-award winning Time Rovers Series (Dragon Moon Press). Set in 1888 London, the series deftly blends time travel, shape-shifters and Jack the Ripper.
When she’s not daydreaming, she can be found savoring a growing collection of single malt scotch. Visitors are always welcome at her website:
Lt. Moxie Magnus is a shimmering, glowing star in the firmament of the United Federation of Planets. Through space age sling-shot technology, this seven and a half foot tall glamazon (mostly hair and heels) has come rocketing back to us from the future, dragging some laughs with her along the way! In the 23rd century she serves as the Chief Cosmetology Officer aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk. There, she navigates the world of serially dating redshirts and keeping the fleet in regulation bouffants. Here, in the 21st century, she writes about her adventures, with tongue firmly placed in cheek, in her blog, Moxie Magnus: Star Trek Cosmetologist. Her mission is to tackle each of the episodes of the original series with her own brand of space humor! Moxie was born in space, grew up a human slave in the Orion Syndicate and walked the runways of Paris before graduating top of her class at Starfleet Academy. She is the only cadet in history to pass the Kobayasi Hairdo, the no-win Starfleet master xenocosmetology exit exam (and she didn't cheat). Her thesis, "Zero-G Styling Technology: Captain, We Have Lift-off", is still recognized as the seminal work in it's field. Although she has often been told “In space, no one can hear you, queen”, that hasn’t stopped her from entertaining fans and the fleet both in and out of this world. She’s even gotten a few laughs from the Vulcan High Council. In her spare time, this dedicated Star Trek drag queen enjoys cataloging unicorn species, looking at pictures of cats on the internet and trying out new replicated food cube recipes. Her favorite movies are Beach Blanket Bingo, Gidget and Pon Far Surf Party.
Joshua Wilson is an associate editor for Mad Norwegian Press, a publisher of Doctor Who reference guides including the celebrated About Time series, Running Through Corridors and AHistory. Mad Norwegian also has a range of essay books pertaining to women and fandom, including the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Time Lords, Whedonistas! and the forthcoming Chicks Dig Comics. Appropriately, Wilson met future Mad Norwegian Editor-in-Chief Lars Pearson during a Doctor Who trivia match in 1998 (Lars won, battered and bruised, after a fierce battle of wills) which led to a consultation on I, Who, Mad Norwegian’s first reference guide on Doctor Who fiction. As associate editor since then, Wilson is one of Mad Norwegian’s top “beta readers”, which puts him in the fortunate position of letting everyone else sweat blood doing the actual work while Wilson sits back, enjoys a nice beverage and provides the necessary feedback as to what everyone is doing wrong (luckily, he’s usually pretty nice about it). Wilson is an Atlanta native whose wife and two children are loving enough, somehow, to put up with all of his Doctor Who nonsense, although he thinks he’s making progress at secretly indoctrinating his two year old as to what a TARDIS is.
Ken Spivey: Established musician and entertainer Ken Spivey has expanded his Renaissance act into the science fiction/fantasy world by performing his critic and fan acclaimed original music based on the long running British science fiction series, Doctor Who. His band, The Ken Spivey Band, was recently named by MTV.com as one of the premier Time Lord Rock bands. Spivey is also the founder and driving force behind the Time Lord Fest conventions which have thus far taken place in Tampa, Orlando, and Atlanta. The Time Lord Fests are quickly becoming the largest Doctor Who conventions in the state of Florida, with each convention drawing between 360 and 700 attendees.In addition Ken has sat on or led numerous Doctor Who-related panels at conventions all over the southeastern US where he synthesizes his academic background in Gender Theory and Alternative Sexualities in the Ancient World with the spheres of pop culture and science fiction. Due to his Celtic Doctor Who music's popularity, his fan approachability, and extensive knowledge of all things Whovian, Ken has quickly become one of the largest unofficial voices for young adult Doctor Who fandom.
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Mark Maddox is a Rondo Hatton and Pulp Factory Award winning artist. He has done illustrations for the 50th Anniversary issue of Doctor Who Magazine, as well as Warner Brothers, EMCE Toys, SCREEM Magazine, Cornerstone Publishing, Diabolique Magazine, Alchemy Werks, New Legend Productions, Bookmarks Magazine, Flying Labs Software, White Rocket Books, Moonstone Comics with such titles as Kolchak: The Night Stalker Files, The Heap, The Red Menace and Flint, based on the 1960's spy. He has also done artwork for Little Shoppe Of Horrors Magazine, Mad Scientist, Black Coat Press, Undying Monsters Magazine, Hemlock Books, Philip Nutmans Cities Of Night, Breygent Sketch Card Company and more.
Gillian Summers is the pseudonym of Georgia authors Michelle Roper and Berta Platas, who write young adult fantasy. They have a lot of fun writing together, and they're currently working on the seventh book in the Faire Folk Saga, which will be released in 2014. Check out their website, www.gilliansummers.com, and their occasional blogs