THE 12 DAYS OF BENTON
A FACEBOOK CHRISTMAS EXCLUSIVE!
SEAN AND JOHN - YEOVILTON FLEET AIR MUSEUM - SUMMER 2012
I requested Sean's mother, Alisha supply me with a little background of her family and Sean's interest in Doctor Who:
There are four members of our little family. John, Alisha (me), Sean (who is 9) and Lilia (who is 5). John has been a Dr Who fan since he was a boy. I became a fan when Dr Who returned to our TV screens in 2005. When Sean was about 5 he started watching Dr Who. Sean seemed to enjoy it so John showed him a video he had of Day of the Daleks. Sean's favourite part of Day of the Daleks was the end when U.N.I.T fight the Daleks and Ogrons. That was when Sean became a fan of U.N.I.T and Sgt Benton. We then started collecting DVDs with U.N.I.T. in them and two years ago John and Sean began writing their own Dr Who stories and making short fan movies using Dr Who toys. Two years ago Sean decided he wanted to dress like Sgt Benton for Dalek Invasion at the Yeovil Air Fleet Museum. He's met John twice now at the Yeovilton Fleet Air museum and both times John has be brilliant chatting to Sean and our family and giving great advice to Sean including helping Sean perfect his hand shake. This is when he first met John Levene. Sean's favourite Dr Who stories include Day of the Daleks, The Daemons, The Green Death, Inferno and Robot. Sean's favourite actors that played the Doctor are Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith. Sean's favourite scene was in the Green Death when Sgt Benton is tossing the fungus out of Bessie calling 'Here kitty kitty' and Jon Pertwee responds 'Sgt Benton!'. Lilia has also become a fan of the Doctor and her favourite characters mostly women, Amy Pond and Rory, Jo Grant, Sarah-Jane, River Song with her favourite Doctor played by Matt Smith.
And it wasn't long before Sean himself began fighting Daleks himself, just like Sgt. Benton did in Day of the Daleks as you can see in the minute long video below shot by Sean's mum and dad!
And for you this Christmas 2012, here's a personal message from the elder Sgt. Benton:
Dear Sean and your thoughtful mum and dad. It was so reflective of how I felt actually making Dr. Who as Sgt Benton, while watching your video. What you have produced is exactly and precisely why the influence of Doctor Who on young children's minds is superb. Good over evil, fighting for the common man (which is you and myself). I must say I so enjoyed the subject matter you chose and the effects were simply delightful. So that you know what good things you have done and how proud I feel in my tender heart that Sean would wish to be Sgt Benton. It almost brings tears to one's eyes when one witnesses a wondrous moment when youth is untarnished and a sense of innocent freedom prevails. Sean, next time we meet I'll put an hour by and we'll shoot some fabulous scenes with you and me!To Doctor Who and the few other shows that spellbind the imagination of youth!
God Speed and Well done. Always remain with us. I am so proud of you Sean!
My sincerest and deep felt best wishes
© Copyright 2011 John Levene Sgt. At Arms
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