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Published on November 11th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

1st Official Doctor Who Con!

BBC Worldwide has revealed details of the first ever official Doctor Who Convention since the series’ returned back in 2005.

Scheduled to take place on 24th and 25th of March 2012 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales, this is being billed as the ‘Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event’.

However, there is a downside. There are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days.

To overcome this, however, the programme is the same on each day to give attendees the most in-depth experience possible. Fans who manage to snap these up will get to enjoy access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team.

Featuring theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions showcasing the script to screen process; discussions with episode directors and writers and demonstrations from Special FX and prosthetics experts that will illustrate the challenges and scale of their work on the world’s longest running sci-fi show, this is expected to be a convention like no other.

As seasoned con-goers might expect, autograph and photo opportunities will also be available with attending cast members and there will be official Doctor Who merchandise and collectables on sale.

Doctor Who special effects guru as Danny Hargreaves will reveal the tricks used by his team to create the stunning physical effects that leave audiences on the edge of their seats, and some of these are even going to be recreated live on stage!

Making a Ganger for Doctor Who

Even more tricks of the trade will be unveiled by the award-winning Millennium FX team whose remarkable work has helped bring to life some of Doctor Who’s most recognisable new monsters including the Silence, the Weeping Angels and the Ood. A live demonstration of the process involved in prosthetics application will allow fans to learn how each stage is achieved.

Meanwhile, rare costumes and props from the show will be on display with designers and experts on hand to answer questions about the origins and history of the items on show.

Even the venue itself is steeped in Doctor Who – the Millennium Centre has starred in several episodes including 2006′sNew Earth and 2011′s The Girl Who Waited.

So what do the guest stars think of the event?

Matt Smith:

It’s brilliant that the first official convention is being held in Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who. I’m really looking forward to seeing the fans there, and remember – bow ties are cool!”

Steven Moffat:

A whole weekend dedicated to all things Doctor Who, brilliant! We’re going to be celebrating the whole team behind the show, people who bring to life the Doctor’s craziest adventures and letting fans into some of our trade secrets. If you want to get under the skin of Doctor Who this is an unmissable event!

And now the facts: tickets are priced £99 will go on general sale on Monday, November 14th from 9am from:

All tickets will include:

  • Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket.
  • Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass.
  • Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive behind the scenes images postcard pack.
  • Official Doctor Who Convention bag.

We’re sure you’ll agree that this is fantastic news!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

13 Responses to 1st Official Doctor Who Con!

  1. avatar Steve says:

    items you might have missed is in middle of screen please sort it

    • Hi Steve – I’m using the tool to check this, but I can’t find any evidence so far that this is the case. If you could let me know your OS and browser version that would be useful.

  2. avatar Francis Cave says:

    That can’t be £99 per one day ticket can it?

    Also, isn’t this the first offical DW convention ever, not just since 2005?

    I guess the DWAS con’s in the past have been BBC “approved” but this looks like the first one actually being run by them.

    I am prepared to be corrected!!

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    I may be mistaken, but wasn’t the Twenty Years event at Longleat in 1983 a BBC organised (for want of a better word) event?

  4. avatar Francis cave says:

    Yes you are quite right, longleat was an official event and I guess was a convention of sorts. So is this new event the first official one since 1983?

  5. avatar Andrew says:

    £99 a ticket! Are you sure this a Doctor Who convention or is it a Black Sabbath concert?

    Convention ticket prices are shocking these days. I went to one in Glasgow in 1996 that was only £36 for a weekend!

  6. avatar TonyS says:

    I believe that this is the first official convention since then.

    And yes £99 a ticket is very steep. “Doctor Who” is becoming more and more a product as opposed to a television programme.

  7. avatar Francis cave says:

    It seems like the bbc has finally worked out that they can make money from more that merchandising and licensing. I wonder if they will offer an entry only ticket without all the extra stuff?

  8. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    If I was to go it was cost me from Manchester £154.00.
    That is for entrance, one autograph and train fare. Not taking into account overnight accommodation.
    And the last official convention was a joint BBC/DWAS one in the London Metropole in 2003.
    Also adding to the fact that most people don’t have a lot of money. I guess the BBC only want the wealthy.
    BBC= British Broadcasting Crooks!

  9. avatar stlshawn says:

    I Don’t Think 99 is bad for a true, all out experience. i haven’t checked, but if it includes various screenings and other events, it may possibly be worth it.

    OK, you can start throwing rocks at me now.

  10. avatar Drew Fleming says:

    £99 a ticket. That officially is a con. Unless Karen Gillan is there doing free foot rubs I’m out.

  11. avatar January Lost says:

    I’m envious that you’re getting the opportunity! From here across the pond, I keep thinking to myself… yes, id pay the steep 99… but with only 1500 tickets I would be scarred for life if I had the money and they were out of tickets!

    Actually, now that I’ve written that I might be semi thankful I’m unable to cause myself the heartache, lol. Someone bring a camera and blog it to death so I can live vicariously through you! *facepalm*

    • avatar Cosmic Hobo says:

      £99 and not a leggy red headed 50% Mackem celtic goddess in sight.No way Chiquita!

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