The lineup of the new series episodes started Saturday night at 7:00 PM and it did not end until Monday morning at 2:00 AM. It was fantastic! I have all the episodes available to mankind, so it was not like I needed to sit and watch, however I did for most of it. It brought back the feelings of fun times sitting in front of TV in the late '70's when I found out about Doctor Who, and the mid '80's when my son became interested in Doctor Who at age 5. In 1989 the main stream for the family started when we went to see the 6th Doctor Collin Baker, at what was once the Harvey Holiday Inn. Then the list of years go on for almost every year on Thanksgiving weekend.
|Nick and his mom Katie meeting Collin Baker, 1989|
My son and I have met a lot of the actors from Doctor Who, and specifically all of the Classic Series Doctors starting with 3rd Doctor John Pertwee. If I had known about cons when I started watching Doctor Who, I would have gone to meet the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton who seems to be the actor's favorite (and the fans who knew him).
During the television marathon these two days, I saw the scenes of Winston Churchill played by Ian McNeice. My son and I met Ian at the 2010 Chicago TARDIS con and thought he was a delight to listen to, telling stories of his career and life in general. To really appreciate this actor you need to know what he has done, and it is A LOT. IMBd is a good source (click here for IMBd).
Below is a photo I took of Ian on stage during his panel. As usual, click on the photo to enlarge, and click on the photo again to index through the compilation.
|Fan Dressed as TARDIS|
|Writer Simon Guerrier and Actress Laura Doddington in their Panel|
|Actress Ciara Janson in her Panel|
|Laura and Ciara sitting with my son and I after Brunch|
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