EVENT REVIEW: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Day one)

 This year we were treated to another addition to the event calendar with The Greatest Show in the Galaxy showcasing what they have to offer including signing’s, Cosplay, dealers, photo shoots and stage talks.

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (TGSITG) was launched in the fair city of Peterborough at the Peterborough Arena in the East of England Showground on the 12th & 13th May. This was the first time I have been to this venue and I was suitably impressed. It was a decent size with enough space to accommodate everyone without getting too crowded.

The first thing that amazed me by this show was when it was first guest announcements. Right from the start I knew this was going to be special. TGSITG was not concentrating on any one TV show like some conventions but  bringing lots of people from various shows.  It took the line that they would bring the full cast of 5 or 6 shows so it felt like a lot of mini conventions rolled into one. There were also other guests including the ladies of Hammer and  various stars of Allo, HI DE HI Oliver! and Big Finish productions and Doctor Who however the real treat was having an almost full cast list from Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Doctor Who the Movie, Torchwood, Spooks and Ashes to Ashes. There are just too many to name here but let’s just say it was impressive.

As we arrived we took a quick look around the dealers but I wanted to attend the first talk of the day which was the Doctor Who the Movie stage talk. In attendance on stage were Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Yee Jee Tso and Eliza Roberts. For the first talk of the day there was not that big a crowd as people were still coming in but the cast seem to be in high spirits and having a good time. Eric Roberts just seemed to be a little stiff compared to the rest of the cast.

The next stage show was the Star Trek Voyager cast which included Robert Beltran, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ, Garret Wang, Alice Krige, Manu Intiraymi and in her first UK signing Jeri Ryan. The cast were in a marvellously playful mood joking and having a great time with each other and the audience. This talk was by far my favourite of the day and everyone I spoke to said the cost of the day ticket was worth it just for the Voyager talk and I agree.

The next talk was from Star Trek Deep Space Nine but like difference between the Voyager and DS9  shows themselves it was the same here with Voyager being fluff and enjoyable and DS9 being darker and more serious so was the talk. On the sofa were Chase Masterson, Rene Auberjonois, Colm Meaney, Nana Visitor and script writer Lolita Fatjo. This was a more serious chat and you could tell that the cast members were not used to having fun on the stage, however I loved every minute of this session.

After lunch, by the concession stands in the beautiful sunshine, I made my way to the next talk of the day which was Highlander with the stars of the films and TV series Christopher Lambert and Adrian Paul. It was an absolute delight to see these guys in person and their passion for the franchise shines through. The audience asked some great questions including one by Geek Syndicate’s Silver Fox regarding whether Lambert wore anything under his kilt? The answer was sometimes yes and sometimes no. Adrian Paul also showed off some nifty knife work. I was so pleased that I witnessed these legends together talking about the Highlander world.

The last session I attended was the Torchwood one which was packed with no standing room left. The entire cast were on the sofa including John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Naoko Mori, Gareth David Lloyd, Kai Owen, Freema Agymen, Tom Price and Burn Gorman. Straight off the bat you knew this was going to be special and lots of fun. Barrowman walked around the floor with the mic doing his usual magic and the crowd were lapping it up.

So at the end of Day 1 of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy I took a step back and reviewed what I thought of the event. The venue was easy to get to and was very well laid out. The talent at the event was one of the best line ups I have seen in years. The signings seemed well organised but as with every other show they ran late but that is normal for events like this. Stage shows were relaxed and ran just right and all on time. Around the main hall you had dealers covering comics, collectables and more. As with all events like this it is nothing without the Cosplayers and they did not disappoint so job well done.

In my opinion this is by far one of the best new events I have gone to in years and they pulled off an excellent event, yes it had some teething problems but so what.

The next event is in November and the few points I would feedback are, have the entry queues more organised and ensure that some talks do no start before 10am as there were still lots of people still trying to get in.

GS Rating 4.5/5

Source: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
GS Reporter: Montoya

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