Today was the latest celebrity signing session at Barking Library, and it was an interesting mix of faces, mainly from Doctor Who.
Still, the rest of the line up had some great names always worth meeting, plus some I had not met before and was looking forward to seeing for the first time.
There was a minor Eleventh Doctor cast reunion, with two actors who both appeared in A Good Man Goes To War and The Wedding Of River Song.
In Doctor Who she starred as Madame Kavarian in A Good Man Goes to War and The Wedding of River Song (and 5 other episodes, sometimes uncredited).
I was very excited to get Frances to sign my book, as I have seen her in many great programmes down the years.
SIMON FISHER-BECKER played Dorium Maldovar in The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes to War, and The Wedding of River Song. He also played the Time Lord Science Minister Kavil in series 5 of Gallifrey stories Emancipation, Evolution and Arbitration.
Kelly very much liked my book, remarking on its cover before happily signing inside.
Moya was the last of the new series guests at today’s line up, and she was great to chat to.
The next couple of guests were from the classic series.
His best-known ilm work has included Marat/Sade, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Gorky Park. TV work other than Doctor Who has included Rutland Weekend Television, The Protectors, The Sweeney and Steptoe and Son.
Since then he appeared on Taxi!, R3, Adam Adamant Lives!, Champion House, The Wednesday Play and Terry and June.
She starred in two Carry On films: Carry On Camping and Carry On Behind as well as the film version of Bless This House.
After the usual autograph opportunity as well as a chance to get a professional photo with the guests, there was the ever popular question and answer session.
It proved to become a lively discussion, bordering on a debate.
Georgina Moon had not appeared in Doctor Who, but had notably member of the supporting cast in Gerry Anderson's UFO as a member of the SkyDiver personnel. She particularly remembered her cringeworthy string-vest uniform, that left little to the imagination!
Next we heard from Francoise Pascal, and the discussion hit upon her time in Mind Your Langauge, a sitcom from the 1970s about a group of foreign characters learning English at evening classes. The series had proved controversial at the time, even more so no, with its accentuated characterisations of black, south Asian and Europeans.
The discussion continued with the audience, and the rights and wrongs of such programmes was drawn into question and sharp focus.
Francis Barber has had an amazing career, working with some incredible actors and is still very busy today. She had just finished work on a series for HBO with Dustin Hoffman shot in Italy, and before that another filming in Mexico.
Simon Fisher-Becker chipped in that he had been put forward for Mr Rumbold, but hadn't been called for an actual audition.
He talked about agents and how they are a necessary evil: good to have when negotiations get tricky; annoying when they get in the way of a good part. His agent is disinterested in convention bookings, so he has a young PA to help him out, who's got 40 bookings this year already, some as far afield as Australia and America.
Discussion turned to how a lot of actors and catwalk models are pressured into looking or acting a certain way, making for a blandness in characters on screen.
It's something we don't necessarily think about, but is an increasing problem - a lack of diversity and a levelling out of types of actors being used.