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Doctor Who thing of the day: official Doctor Who convention in March 2012

Doctor Who convention

BBC Worldwide has announced the first “official” Doctor Who convention since, as SFX notes, the now legendary 1983 event at Longleat. It will take place in Cardiff on March 24 and 25, 2012. From the event’s Web site:

The OFFICIAL Doctor Who Convention is finally here!

The Official Doctor Who Convention is the ultimate event for Doctor Who enthusiasts. With unparalleled access to the cast and crew, this event offers fans a one-off chance to immerse themselves behind the scenes of the world’s longest running sci-fi show.

No other Doctor Who event gets you closer. Delve, as never before, into the creative minds behind the hit TV show, with unique opportunities to witness experts demonstrate how the special effects and prosthetics have created some of the iconic scenes and characters. Interactive panel discussions with cast and crew, photo and autograph sessions and a show case of official costumes and props, will give every true fan the chance to celebrate and share their passion for all things Doctor Who.

Already confirmed are Matt Smith and Steven Moffat, with more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks!

Your ticket includes:

Interactive Q&A panel discussions with the cast and crew
Prosthetics & special effects demonstrations
Official props and costume displays
Official merchandise & collectables

The Official Doctor Who Convention is a one day Convention, whereby the programme of events is the same for Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are therefore encouraged to choose which day they would like to attend.

Hmm. This sounds less like a convention as I know them and more like an exhibition: it sounds very top-down, the big cheeses speaking at the fans rather than the fans interacting with one another.

This gives me pause, too:

Autograph and photo opportunities with the main cast members will be available as an upgrade option on a first come first served basis.

What will you pay for all this? £99 for the day just to get in; if you want a photo with Matt Smith or Steven Moffat, tack on another £25 or £20 each, respectively; if you want their autographs, too, that’s another £25 or £20 each. If you wanted to attend and get photos and autographs from both, be ready to cough up £189. That’s an awful lot of money.

Would you pay that?

Tickets and more info at Doctor Who Official Convention.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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