Guests of Honor
Anneke was born on October 1941 in Berkshire. Her parents, Anna and Alaric Willys (she later changed her name to Wills), had planned to buy a house in the South of France, but World War II ended that idea.
Anneke won her first role at the age of 11 while she was living on a houseboat in Bray, Berkshire. The film was called Child’s Play and she gave the £9 fee to her mother. Deciding she wanted to be an actress, she then studied drama at the Arts Educational School in London and quickly became one of the busiest actresses of her generation. Early roles included an appearance as Roberta in the first TV version of The Railway Children as well as starring roles in Some People with Kenneth More and The Pleasure Girls with Klaus Kinski.
She appeared in Doctor Who from 1966 to 1967 alongside both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton as the Doctor – the first in a long line of glamorous Doctor Who girls. With Michael Craze as sailor Ben Jackson, she was there for a number of Doctor Who firsts, including the first appearance of the Cybermen and the first regeneration. Other television credits include appearances in The Avengers and as Evelyn in Strange Report.
2016 sees the 50th anniversary of Anneke appearing as Polly in Doctor Who, working in swinging sixties London for Professor Brett and battling the War Machines. Polly and Ben may have left the TARDIS 50 years ago, but as all companions know, the Doctor never truly leaves you…
We’re ecstatic to welcome Anneke to CONsole Room 2016 for her first visit to the Twin Cities!
Dominic’s career began in 1986 when he became one of the few people to arrange the theme tune to Doctor Who. He reworked the famous theme that accompanied Colin Baker’s Doctor in his final season, The Trial of a Time Lord (Season 23). He also composed incidental music for the series throughout the late 1980s.
As one of Britain’s most prolific composers of production music, his work can also be heard in hundreds of films and TV productions worldwide as diverse as The Simpsons, Red Dwarf, and Dead Like Me and in movies such as the Eddie Murphy/Jeff Goldblum comedy Holy Man and the award-winning You’ve Been Trumped. More recently, his music features in the official trailer for the latest Brendan Gleeson/Chris O’Dowd film Calvary.
His latest on-screen work is the original score to Anthony Baxter’s widely-acclaimed new film, A Dangerous Game. Other recent work includes the short film Geoffrey’s Belt, starting Trace Ann Oberman, the score to the British crime-thriller Bad Day, and a series of supernatural shorts produced by horror legend David McGillivray – all screened at London’s Frightfest film festival. His soundtrack music to the radio revival of the famous Blake’s 7 sci-fi series has been broadcast on BBC 4 Extra. Other recent broadcast work includes the theme to C4’s Supersize vs. Superskinny Kids and contributions to the BBC series Episodes.
Like Anneke, Dominic is visiting a Minneapolis convention for the first time. We’re excited to not only have him as a guest, but also to hear him perform some of his music!
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