Guests of Honour
LISA BOWERMAN (IN PERSON)
LISA BOWERMAN trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked extensively in many major theatres throughout the UK including Leicester, Bristol Old Vic, Leatherhead, Plymouth, Salisbury, Harrogate, Windsor, Manchester, York and many more – in plays including: The Rivals, La Ronde, The Constant Wife, Ghosts, I Have Been Here Before, Relatively Speaking, Moll Flanders (title role), The Comedy Of Errors, An Ideal Husband and Blithe Spirit. West End includes Rick’s Bar Casablanca and Cavalcade. Tours have included Hay Fever, Blood Brothers and The Circle for Oxford Stage Company. Also All Our Hellos and Goodbyes (a play commissioned to celebrate the re-opening of St Pancras Station), The Bear (Maltings Farnham), and more recently a lost J.B. Priestley play The Roundabout at The Park Theatre, London – which also had a run as part of the Brits off Broadway season in New York. Further recent work includes a successful run of a new political play An Honourable Man, at The White Bear Kennington and Maggie & Ted which premiered at The White Bear and went onto have a short run at the Garrick Theatre, London and Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford.
Television includes: Casualty (first two series as paramedic Sandra Mute), Doctor Who (playing Karra in Survival), The Vision Thing, The Count of Solar, McCallum, Bad Girls, Night & Day, also, Doctors, Spooks, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street and has recently finished filming two episodes of a new series for Disney+ Playdate, which is due for release in 2024.
Lisa has recorded many plays for BBC Radios 3 & 4 and Independent Radio Drama Productions and has for the last 25 years played the title role in the Doctor Who spin-off audio series Professor Bernice Summerfield for Big Finish Productions, as well regular characters in their series of Sapphire & Steel and Jago & Litefoot, and many other guesting roles. Aside from Big Finish, she recently played a regular character in BBC Radio 4’s long running series The Archers.
She is also a prolific audio drama director, having directed many series for Big Finish Productions, including Doctor Who: The Early Adventures, The Companion Chronicles, Graceless, Sapphire & Steel, Torchwood and 13 series of Jago & Litefoot, as well as for other companies – most recently of which was an adaptation of H G Wells’ War of the Worlds: The Coming of the Martians, starring Colin Morgan (for Sherwood Sound Studios) and Dickens’ The Chimes, starring Toby Jones (for Average Romp Productions) and recently re-released through Big Finish.
We are thrilled to welcome Lisa to CONsole Room for the first time in 2024!
SYLVESTER MCCOY (IN PERSON)
SYLVESTER MCCOY is best known for his role as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who.
Sylvester regenerated into the Doctor in 1987 with the story “Time and the Rani.” He portrayed the role until the original series ended in 1989, last seen walking into the distance with his companion Ace, played by former CONsole Room Guest of Honour, Sophie Aldred. He returned to the role in the television movie in 1997, passing on the keys to the TARDIS to Paul McGann. Sylvester has reprised the role many times since, including in numerous Big Finish audio plays, the comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, and, most recently, in the 2022 special “The Power of the Doctor.”
Outside of Doctor Who, Sylvester has worked extensively in theater, film, and television. Born in Dunoon, Scotland, McCoy first gained recognition as a physical comedian and actor through the Ken Campbell Roadshow, a small, experimental theatre group that performed a range of different plays. Throughout his career, some of his notable roles include one-man stage shows portraying comedians Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton, the Fool opposite Ian McKellen’s Lear in King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007, and Radagast in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy, among many, many others.
We are thrilled to welcome Sylvester McCoy to CONsole Room for the first time in 2024!