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So this will just be a basic run down of the days events and then what happened when I got to meet Colin.

I woke up at 7:10am, grabbed all my stuff, got dressed and had something to eat before my taxi to the train station (because why would the buses actually be running?) arrived at 8. Got to the station with about 10 minuets to wait before the first London train of the day, at 8:26.

I arrive at Paddington at 9:40, and of course all the tubes are stopped from there expect the Hammersmith and City line which goes in the totally wrong direction. So I walked down to Lancaster gate station and got the tube the Embankment and then cross the bridge to The Royal Festival Hall, which was the location for the event.

By this time it was about 10:30, and I got band number 181. That's an alright number I thought, it will be second row at worst. The staff told us to return about 1, so I waited for my London friend to arrive, and showed her where to get a wrist band, then we went to for a little wonder up and down the southbank, before grabbing some food.

We returned to the meeting point about 12:40, and then we waited, and waited.

The staff finally go us into order at about 2:05, at which point we then waited some more. Until 3:30 before we were finally let into the pens for the red carpet. We found a spot on the second row, about 3/4's of the way up from the start of the carpet, and sat.

Another friend from twitter was able to join us even though they had a much higher number (yay).

Then there was more waiting, the carpet was not to start until 5pm. The staff bit hand out free water so I don't think anyone fainted but it was so, so hot. (I have sun burn on the back of my neck)
Here's a member of the press using this list as a hat:


Members of the public with tickets started arriving around 4:20, and all of us stood up. I was stalking was attendee news on twitter, whilst we were waiting, and bearing in mind by this point we didn't know for sure if Colin would actually be there, when I spotted this retweeted onto my timeline:

I showed my friends and we had a mini flap.

I then muted notifications on my phone, because I will never live tweet a red carpet event, it's too fast paced and I could end up missing someone.

I got autographs off a couple of presenters of some British shows, almost got Will Mellor who played Valient.

I then got a pic with Steven Moffat (I have his auto a past event), as a test of, can I actually do a pic from here? The answer being, umm not really? I was shaking so much I don't know how I didn't drop my phone.

From where we were stood, we couldn't really see up the red carpet, but then I spotted Tom Goodman-Hill coming up the carpet. I had suspected that the Humans cast would be arriving at the same time, and they had done, Katherine, quickly followed Tom, and then Colin!

We call out for Colin, and I wave because I have actually 0 social skills. But it worked! He came over to our area, started signing and taking pics a few people us from us, making his way down.

I had already decided that I would just go for the pic, as it common that the actors only have time for one thing per person. I shoved my notepad between my knees and by this time I am clicking the take button on my phone like a mad man.

Colin gets in front of me and I say. 'Can you take a pic of us? I can't really reach.'
He says, sure, takes my phone, and then says. 'I don't know how an iphone works, I don't have one.'

I tell him to click the middle button, and he does with his thumb, then passes my phone back over.

I tell him 'Thank you, very much.' Whilst my brains is basically short-circuiting.

So credit to Colin for with lovely pic <3 <3


I also got a picture with Gemma Chan, which she had to take for me too.

The 3 of us are now collectively dying. We tried to call for Ivanno, Will and Emily, but they soon dived into an interview and we lost sight of. Interestingly, Colin and Gemma did not join in with the interview, standing back a little, and just waiting.

You can see them hanging around before the interview:


You can see all the photos I took of Colin here.

Date: 2016-05-11 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunnysworld.livejournal.com
I'm dying with you! Not only because you got a pic with Colin but you got a pic with him taken by him!!! Wheeeeeeee! And the info that he doesn't have an iphone.... :D

Date: 2016-05-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
<3 I'm keeping this phone forever and ever now.
I think he used to though, actually because he filmed with a 4/4s in sdcc, but the software had changed at lot so, that's maybe why?

Date: 2016-05-12 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunnysworld.livejournal.com
Heheee. Put it in a frame and hang it on the wall :D

We will never know, but at this point in time, we know he doesn't have one :D

Date: 2016-05-11 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arthurmerlinfan.livejournal.com
Wonderful pics, Love the one he took... *flails* So happy you've been rewarded for your long wait in the hot sun!!

Date: 2016-05-11 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love it too <3

Date: 2016-05-11 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaqtkd.livejournal.com
Thanks for the report, N.

That wasn't my retweet of the programme by any chance? ;)

Great pics of Colin - especially the one BY Colin

Date: 2016-05-11 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
It probably was yours :)

We'll get him into selfies yet xD

Date: 2016-05-11 05:54 pm (UTC)
digthewriter: (Camelot)
From: [personal profile] digthewriter
amazing

Date: 2016-05-11 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Hi Narlth!

Date: 2016-05-11 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moonflower999.livejournal.com
Narlth,
I've so enjoyed your Tumblr posts and your fanworks, and now your pics! As wonderful as it is to see more Colin pics, and read your story of meeting Colin, it's also great to see your pic and put a face to your internet presence!
Congrats on getting the photo!

RE: Hi Narlth!

Date: 2016-05-11 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
I don't know quite, what to say. This is a lovely comment to get <3
Thank you!

Date: 2016-05-11 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
Congrats! All great pics!

Date: 2016-05-11 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Thanks :)

Date: 2016-05-11 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scotscookie.livejournal.com
What an excellent experience - sounds like it was definitely worth waiting for. The pic of you and Colin is just lovely!

Date: 2016-05-11 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Oh yes, I would do it all again in a heart beat.
Thank you!

Date: 2016-05-11 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mk_malfoy
I think you know how excited I am for you! You got COLIN to take a pic of you and him ❤️❤️ You are so lucky!

I could go on and on, like saying how cute he looked... how Merlin-ish he was. How I love his beard. Some of those pics you took had the best expressions. My favorite is the one with his brows raised.

Date: 2016-05-11 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
I was a mad day, but totally worth it.
Thanks! I just took as many as was possible xD

Date: 2016-05-11 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polomonkey.livejournal.com
Bless you for this, sounds like an amazing day!

Date: 2016-05-11 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
It was great, exhausting, but great. :)

Date: 2016-05-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
It's great you got to do this. I am OMGing so hard right now!

Date: 2016-05-11 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
It was totally worth taking the time off, to go do :D

Date: 2016-05-11 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ajsrandom.livejournal.com
Amazing! I've been wondering how one gets to do that. Lucky! :)

Date: 2016-05-11 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Anyone can do it! Just so much waiting.
I talked to the person who was wrist band number 23, he got there at 3am!

Date: 2016-05-11 08:17 pm (UTC)
kitty_fic: (Hello Kitty // Kitty On)
From: [personal profile] kitty_fic
OMG COLIN TOUCHED YOUR PHONE!!!

Date: 2016-05-11 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Yesssssss! Which means he also held Merthur fanart on my phone case *giggles*

Date: 2016-05-13 06:06 am (UTC)
kitty_fic: (Hello Kitty // Kitty On)
From: [personal profile] kitty_fic
OH Wow!

LOL!

Which art was it??

Date: 2016-05-11 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beckilein.livejournal.com
Thank you for the wonderful pictures and your little report. Happy for you that you got to meet him and could take so many pics!! :)

Date: 2016-05-11 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
No problem! And thank you :D

Date: 2016-05-11 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merlocked18.livejournal.com

Eeeeeeeeeeedeeeeeeeöeeeeeeeeeeeeeegghjhddhhgedfbjöoydsfhjipäöhgffuokhtreeeeeassssssaaasaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh


does that cover it?


this is just epic in all the ways. Your experience was just mega cool. Your photos Oh. My. God !!!!!!!


Don't ever delete ok. I might need them for art reference. I will come to you. See you in London on the 14th!! we must have a small squee session right?


Colin doesnt have an iPhone! OK, that settles it. I won't get a Macbook.

Date: 2016-05-11 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Just about covers it xD

Thank you! I will never delete ;)

Well he did use an iphone 4/4s at sdcc once, but they've changed quite a bit since then.

Date: 2016-05-12 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darlulu.livejournal.com
That is so awesome! I'd totally freak out if I ever met Colin or Bradley in person. Which is why it's a good thing (for me, but mostly for them) it'll never happen!

Date: 2016-05-12 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Thanks!
I'm very much a freak out internally person, which can be useful.

Date: 2016-05-12 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emanga.livejournal.com
AHHHHHHHHHH *inhales* HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU DAYUM THAT'S AWESOME

Date: 2016-05-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
*flails with you*

Thank you!!

Date: 2016-05-12 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonlord-m.livejournal.com
Awwwwww many thanks to your photos!!Such a GREAT memory!
I giggled when I saw my hands and phone in your pics Hahaha

Date: 2016-05-12 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
No problem!
I have a memory for the most random of things xD

Date: 2016-05-12 07:03 pm (UTC)
ext_1796419: (Katie 2)
From: [identity profile] merlinsdeheune.livejournal.com
You lucky goose! I am so glad for you ♥

Date: 2016-05-12 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Thank you! <3

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