Doctor Who thing: the family that regenerates together attends New York Comic-Con together

My pal Bonnie — aka bronxbee in comments here — attended New York Comic-Con this past weekend and took a ton of photos. I’m sharing some of the Doctor Who-related ones here over the next few days.

Spotted outside the Javits Center, where the convention was taking place:



I love how the fire hydrant looks like a little Dalek.

And inside, suspected father-daughter duos:



The Doctor’s adventures as family entertainment is a new development on the left side of the Atlantic, too. Back in the day the was pretty much of interest only to teenaged and adult geeks. Now it’s moms and dads and little kids. Neat.

Photos by Bonnie-Ann Black.

See the rest of the “Doctor Who at New York Comic-Con” series:
merch at New York Comic-Con
gender-bending lady fans make the Doctor their own
women really do like Tom Baker’s Doctor
dressing up as the TARDIS
meet the Doctor Puppets and puppeteer/animator Alisa Stern
when boys cosplay Time Lords
when pro artists pull sexist bullshit
the littlest fans at New York Comic-Con
fans two-by-two at New York Comic-Con
creative cosplay
TARDIS bags for charity

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

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Wed, Oct 16, 2013 11:34am

As was standard in the 1960s, it was a programme for children made with adult presenters rather than using children as the protagonists (as e.g. in The Tomorrow People, which was meant to be ITV’s answer to Who in the late Pertwee and Tom Baker eras). I think this generally works better for appealing to children, but certainly it works better for appealing to adults — even without the “dad factor” of a pretty young actress in a skimpy costume.

So there’s always been some interest among the adult viewership in the UK, even before the modern series was explicitly redesigned for that purpose.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 6:13pm

The dads who were drooling over Leela or Tegan would never have dressed up for a convention. :-> Or even gone to a convention at all.

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 12:54am

Yes, very true. But Who in the UK had, I think by virtue of its longevity, that pecular status that even though very few people would admit to liking it, pretty much everybody knew the basics (police box travels in time and space, bigger on the inside, Daleks).

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 1:15pm

Definitely. Still not the case in the US, though, even with the show’s new popularity.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 2:03pm

As a perfect demonstration of Classic Who being perceived of as strictly for adults, here in Chicago, which was the center of US Who Fandom throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, DW was shown at 11:00 pm on Sunday nights, and since they showed the entire story, it would usually last until 12:35 am (for a four-episode story). I wasn’t allowed to stay up that late on a school night until I graduated 8th grade at age 14.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Kathy_A
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 6:12pm

When DW started airing in New York, it was on around dinnertime — 6 or 6:30. As it got more popular it moved later, sometimes much later, like 11ish.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 3:29pm

The tiny Tardis next to a giant Dalek is disconcerting.

reply to  althea
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 4:06pm

there was a tiny person inside the Dalek… the little TARDIS was just being pushed around (sometimes dragged) by the Little Doctor.