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'I'VE' only missed two episodes since started,' said Bev from Rotherham, once because I was in Italy on a skiing trip and once because we had a power cut.'

She was wearing a man's purple evening shirt, a capacious tweed waistcoat and a puce cord jocket stiff with Dr Who badges. She said she also owned four Dr Who scarves, two of his hats, two coats and a grey wig 'like Jon Pertwee's hairstyle.'

Spawned by the BBC's science-fiction serial, the Dr Who Appreciation Society was holding its annual convention behind the dignified walls of Imperial College, London.

Organised by a dedicated fan named Keith--'I'm one of those boring people in real life,' a clerk in a civil engineering company' -- it featured a celebratory event for the Society, the first showing outside TV of the first-ever episode of Dr Who.

Almost 400 of the society's members rolled up. There were deputations from the Liverpool branch, a coach-load of Mancunians and a young, man who had travelled from Australia.

Many of them wore the Dr Who uniform of long multi-coloured scarves, which they had knitted themselves from a special pattern.

The Junior Common Room housed an exhibition of monsters encountered by the Doctor on his daily round. The Servo Robot nestled cheek by jowl with a Quark, and a Mutant's Head beamed blearily down at a Maggot froth the Green Death.

There was K-9, a mechanical dog which looked like an office duplicating machine, and a working Dalek which had been lovingly constructed by Dave, president of the society's Surbiton branch.

The £5 entrance fee, also bought lectures by BBC special effects and sounds effects men and interviews with some of the cast, including the two latest earthly manifestations of the Doctor in the dissimilar forms of John Pertwee and Tom Baker.

Jeremy, an elegant, young man whose badge proclaimed him to be Society Historian, said that it was all about nostalgia, really.

'Like Humphrey Bogart films. It's a habit. Sitting in front of a fire on a Saturday in winter and watching Dr Who. The phrase is British Institution.'

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