Fan Expo Toronto is a huge comic book, science fiction, gaming, anime, and horror convention that happens every year.
This year was special because the Women of Doctor Who were featured guests at the function.
I took my kids and we all dressed up as characters from the TV show. I cosplayed the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and my son dressed up as the Empty Child (Are You My Mummy?)
We bumped into a lot of people who were creeped out by his portrayal of the character. If you haven’t seen that episode, it was a very dark and scary.
We had a lot of fun looking at all of the Doctor Who merchandise and vendors, seeing fellow Whovians in great costumes, and attending the special panel, An Evening With the Companions.
Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) took questions from the audience and told great stories about their time working on Doctor Who. My kids even got to interact with them by asking them a question.
It was a great day and I am glad that Fan Expo paid tribute to our beloved fandom two years in a row.
Here are the highlights from last year . . .
Doctor Who at Fan Expo 2014
The last weekend of summer was absolutely amazing. I went to Fan Expo, the biggest weekend of the year for comic book and science fiction fans, and was so excited about all of the Doctor Who happenings.
I arrived in style and parked my TARDIS right outside of The Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
I was very happy with how my costume turned out. Several people recognized me as the 9th Doctor. It was awesome!
First up, I went to the panel on making Doctor Who props and costumes.
One of the panelists even made a fully-functioning K-9. He could control its movements and sounds via remote control. It was very cool!
The Daleks even spoke about how they created their very intricate and detailed working models. They were definitely a hit as they zoomed around the convention centre.
The highlight of the day was the celebrity panel featuring Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams)
We had to wait in line for quite some time to get these seats off to the side and a little ways back.
Two moderators went through the audience with microphones to field questions for the actors. They were very entertaining.
An audience member asked them to sing and not only did they do it, but everyone in the crowd started clapping along. After that, a young fan mentioned that it was her birthday and at Matt Smith’s beckoning we all sang “Happy Birthday” to her.
It was a magical day and I am glad that I got to see The Doctor and his companion. It was really cool to interact with a bunch of like-minded fans too.
So, the new season of Doctor Who starts today but I won’t be watching it.
Instead, I will be waiting to see in on the big screen on Monday!
I saw the 50th Anniversary special at the theatre and it was a magical experience. I can’t wait to watch the start of the 12th Doctor’s reign in a theatre of super-fans like myself.
I already bought my ticket. If you haven’t done so and would like to see it, go to Cineplex now to order yours.
Let’s Make This a Tradition
I think they should do this every two weeks. I would pay to watch two episodes on the big screen with an energetic and excited crowd all season long. It doesn’t have to be a big event for this to happen. Let’s make it a regular thing.
And with two episodes being shown at a time, even if they aren’t related, it is a feature-length event.
Come on, let’s make this happen people!
I hope to see you on Monday!
Last year, I built a life-sized TARDIS.
This year, I wanted to expand on it a little bit further by creating the control room.
The TARDIS is bigger on the inside so this console room will be a completely separate build. It won’t be housed inside the Public Call Box you see above.
My first challenge was to build the cylinder that sits atop the hexagonal base.
I couldn’t find a large, clear plastic tube that would work. I searched for a suitable compromise for a long time.
Finally, I came upon this plastic fencing and thought that I could use it to make the cylinder.
I used my old 13-inch snare drum casing to wrap the fencing around and keep it in place.
I then used cable ties to secure the cylinder since it stands about four feet high.
Lastly, I used tube Christmas lights and ran them up and down the fencing in five straight lines. I secured them with cable ties as well.
That’s just STEP ONE of my TARDIS Console Room build. Check back soon to see how I create the hexagonal base, switches, and controls.
Hopefully, this summer, I will have a short fan film to share with you as well.
Santa was good to me this year. I got two T-shirts, a new pair of jeans, some time on my pay-as-you-go phone, and these goodies . . .
I’ve wanted 10’s sonic screwdriver for some time now. I bought a customizable kit last year but none of them looked just like his. This one is perfect. I’ve had so much fun playing with it already. It has a black light and four sound effects. It’s pretty cool!
My brother and sister-in-law got me this Doctor Who calendar too.
And I got a new addition for my Daredevil collection. This pack is really cool. It recreates the epic battle between Daredevil and his arch-nemesis Bullseye. It even comes with a reprinting of the original comic that tells that story.
Want to see more of my Daredevil Collection?
The adventures of Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and the Eleventh Doctor continue on in a series of original novels.
This book is bigger on the inside, and that’s not just a clever Doctor Who joke. It’s actually a collection of two novels bound creatively in one volume. Each story is 200 pages long and opens up like a regular novel. When you finish one story, you simply flip the book over and begin reading a brand new adventure.
Doctor Who: Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale
I wasn’t completely impressed with this story, but I did like how the author managed to get the interactions between Amy, Rory, and The Doctor spot on. I could hear the characters through the dialogue and I laughed at a few moments in the story where I could picture the actors in my head clear as day.
Doctor Who: Death Riders by Justin Richards
This was the best story in this 2-in-1 collection and I really wasn’t expecting it to be. It’s set at a carnival and it could have become cliche and boring, but it didn’t drag. I whipped through the story in one day.
I like how Amy drives the story and how Rory gets to save the day. I love this couple so much. I want to see them risking everything for each other. I am glad that their adventures live on in print. Although I wish I could still see them on the television every week.
Keep Up With Everything I’ve Read This Year
My 2013 Reading Log (with links to each title)
It was announced this past weekend that Matt Smith will be stepping down from his role of The Doctor on the hit science fiction television series.
According to Doctor Who lore, there are only 13 different incarnations of The Doctor. There will come a time when the writers will have a hard time explaining a new actor stepping into the role. At least we won’t have to worry about that for a little while.
Matt Smith played the 11th Doctor for four seasons. I’m not sure who is going to play the 12th Doctor but I do have a few suggestions for the writers and anyone involved in casting.
1. Break from Chronology
Bring back David Tennant as The Doctor. Obviously he can’t play the 12th Doctor. That wouldn’t make any sense. But perhaps we could do something similar to what the Star Trek writers did with the new reboot. We could alter the time line so that 10 never died and have his adventures continue.
I would love for this to happen. David Tennant has always been my favourite Doctor. And while I am sad to see Matt Smith leave the series, it was a much sadder day when Tennant left.
2. Change the Race
We have had black companions in this series but I think a black Doctor would be brilliant.
This article suggests 12 possible casting choices and includes 2 black actors in the list.
I agree that Idris Elba would be an inspired choice but I think it would be even more brilliant to have Mekhi Phifer take on the role. He already has Doctor Who experience (as did Karen Gillan and Freema Agyeman.
3. A Female Doctor
I’m not sure who I’d cast as this. Maybe a relative unknown?
Either way, I think a female Doctor would be cool.
What are your thoughts on the casting of the new Doctor Who lead?
Please leave a comment below.
I’d love to hear from you.
What’s better than Doctor Who and Lego?
How about combining them both together to get a model kit of the TARDIS complete with four mini-figures including the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song.
Here is the completed model. It looks so cool!
I like the alien landscape and the fact that the TARDIS is completely removable. You can fly it around, land on the planet, and then have the door open so the mini-figs can walk right into the console room.
The console room feels just like the one from the TV show. There are two levels to it and it is detailed with wires, clear pieces, switches, and dials. There is even a place to store the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.
This is a really cool set and I’m glad I bought it.
It’s not Lego brand but the blocks are compatible. I am thinking about building other connecting rooms to make this set even more magical.
There are other sets to collect as well. I could go broke buying all the Doctor Who stuff I’d like.
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When I saw this fan-made Lego creation of the interior of the TARDIS, I was completely blown away. It was an incredible piece of art and something that I wished had come in a set. I would have bought it without a moment’s hesitation.
You can find out about the construction of this wonder from Mr. Xenomurphy’s wesbite. His Doctor Who Lego creation is so detailed and breathtaking. I can’t say enough about it.
I just bought this kit. It’s not an official Lego product but it the blocks are compatible.
It also comes with mini-figures of the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory, and River Song.
I absolutely love that it comes with a mini-TARDIS as well.
When I have put together the console room, I will take a picture of it and share it with you as well.
Time to go play!
I put the finishing touches on my homemade TARDIS today.
I’ve been blogging about the process for the past several weeks. You can see how I constructed the frame, attached the walls, added wood trim, attached a roof, and painted it.
The next thing I needed to to do was add the signage.
First, I found a printable file of the Police Public Call box sign. I formatted it into MS Word and printed off five copies of it onto Ledger Paper (11×17 inches)
I then cut the two portions of the sign and glued them together. I did this five times even though I only needed four copies to go along the top of the TARDIS. I figured that I might need an extra one for some reason.
It turns out that I did. I laminated them and one of them didn’t take. The plastic didn’t seal properly on it and since it was an extra one, I was able to throw it out.
I also laminated the two door signs and affixed them with spray adhesive.
The coolest thing about the plastic wall construction is that these windows are translucent. I will be putting a light inside and adding one for the top light so this thing will really shine.
So here is the completed TARDIS.
I plan on adding an interior light so the windows will glow, a separate light for the top lantern, and an MP3 player with a small speaker inside so the time machine will make authentic sounds.
I also plan on making a fan film. After those last details are added, I’ll start working on the script.