Fellow time-travellers! Tardis builders! Timelord wannabes! Bow tie and fez enthusiasts! Fish-fingers and custard consumers! Sonic screwdriver possessors! Weeping angel photographers! And those of you who discovered a crack in your wall and keep opening and closing a fobwatch hoping you'll reach some sort of epiphany about your identity!
|This blog is for you.|
On March 24th to 25th 2012, there was a Doctor Who convention for the meticulous exhibition, and promotion of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. It was held in Cardiff, only a stretch of water from Dublin, which promptly led me to drag my sidekick and take the next plane out (we took the slightly long way by touching London, but you can also take a direct route with the ferry easy peasy). However, the utterly outrageous prices of last minute tickets caused some great unbalances in expenses and to compensate for those ridiculously costly tickets we chose the hobo life for the weekend.
|A night at the bus stop. The sissy pink love-bear blanket wards off any thugs.|
And now, moving swiftly from the intro to the bulk of this blog - the pictures of the conventions. See if you can recognise and name the ailens! (Seriously - I need help with these.)
|Queen Elizabeth and the Freaky Plastic Mannequin Thing Thing.|
|Davros. Oh isn't he ugly!|
|Wooden Queen (Christmas special).|
|Vampires of Venice.|
|Tick tock goes the clock.|
|The one with lots of gas.|
|The one wearing red.|
|The one with evil Christmas angels.|
|Silence in the library.|
And now for the suits
|9th and 10th. Disappointed at the lack of David Tennant that comes with this suit.|
Besides admiring the artistic handiwork of various props and displays, Doctor Who convention allows you to engage in other activities, such as:
|Mingling with the celebrities some 400 metres away with 1200 other people (Producer Caroline Skinner, writer Steven Moffat, Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillian as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory).|
|3 seconds with Arthur Darvill.|
|Prosthetics demonstration - and very expensive Halloween ideas.|
|Doctor Who gaming.|
For the earlybirds and VIPs (me, yes me) there was also a special trip to the Tardis set, where we could fiddle around with all the knobs and cogs and levers and buttons.
|Inside the Tardis.|
|Levering the levers.|
|Let's go to the Impossible Planet!|
If you are a doctor who fan, you should be familiar with the spinoff series "Torchwood," centred around Captain Jack Harkness, the Doctor's dashing friend. It is also set in Cardiff - here's my sidekick popping up from the Torchwood underground headquarters.
|Popping up from pavements, just another day at work.|
If you do decide to go to the Doctor Who convention, here's some additional advice:
1. Doctor who convention tickets are competitive! Be as quick as you can for it.
2. The convention is held at the Millennium Centre, not the Millennium Staduim. Awksies when you find yourself in a massive and majestic yet deserted venue just five minutes before the opening.
|Millennium Stadium - hmm something is missing here...|
|The Millennium Centre - this is more like it.|
3. Cardiff castle might be a nice place to visit if you have a bit of time. It costs 11 pounds and you get to hang out with ultra-tame peacocks who are eager to display their plummage for a bit of sandwich crumbs on your palm.
|We couldn't afford to go in this time but I remember being in there as a kid. The peacocks were frighteningly large at the time.|
5. Here's a nice place to eat
|The Prince of Wales pub - LOVELY interior (this picture only shows a teeny corner of the most mundane part of its loveliness) with free wifi and good breakfast.|
|YHA, some two hours walk from Cardiff City Centre. A bus will take considerably shorter time.|
By golly, isn't that a good load of information. If only I had written and read this blog before I went to the convention myself. But that would involve some advanced wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.. hmm let me think... pen and paper, check. Bowtie, check. Madwoman in a box...
|Spotted! Kiwi bar in Cardiff!|