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article imageBBC announces official Doctor Who convention for 2012

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 11, 2011 in Entertainment
Cardiff - The BBC have today announced that they will be holding an official Doctor Who Convention in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, the city where the television series is made.
The announcement marks the first time the BBC has organised such an event since the show’s return to television screens in 2005. It is also the first BBC-organised Doctor Who convention for nearly thirty years.
Next year’s widely anticipated event will take place on the 24 and 25 March at the Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru (Wales Millennium Centre), Cardiff, which is close to where the long-running science-fiction drama series show is produced.
Tickets for the Official Doctor Who Convention – which is being billed as the “Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event” – are being limited to 1,500 tickets for each of the two days, and the programme will be the same on each day.
According to details on to the website that has been set up for convention: “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.”
In attendance on both days will be Matt Smith, who plays the Eleventh Doctor, and Steven Moffat, the show’s lead writer and executive producer. Doctor Who’s special FX supervisor, Danny Hargreaves, production designer, Michael Pickwoad, and producer, Marcus Wilson will also be there to meet fans.Other key members of the series’ cast, crew and production team – to be announced in due course – will also be taking part.
According to SFX, this will be “[a] unique interactive programme [that] will include theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions show-casing 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”.
“Brilliant and cool!”
Speaking to the Doctor Who News Page, Moffat said: “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!”
Meanwhile, on the Doctor Who TV Blog, Smith added: “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!”
In the UK, US and around the world, numerous Doctor Who conventions are held each year. These are usually organised by fans of the show, and annual ones include Gallifrey One in the US and Regenerations in the UK. The BBC itself rarely organises such events, the last one being “Twenty Years of a Time Lord”, which it staged in 1983 to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. The hugely popular event was held at Longleat House, near Bath, where the UK’s first permanent Doctor Who Exhibition had been staged since 1973.
Tickets for the 2012 Official Doctor Who Convention are to be priced at £99 each, and will go on general sale from 9 a.m. on Monday, 14 November. All ticket-holders will receive a convention bag and an exclusive behind-the-scenes-images postcard pack.
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