If they’d let David Tennant keep his accent, I wouldn’t be alive to see this.
Comicpalooza just announced that not only will Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann be attending the convention in Houston May 23-26, but Peter Davision will also be there as well! This is a rare chance stateside to see all the living Classic Who Doctors at once, save, of course, Tom Baker.
In addition to Doctors Five through Eight, they will also have John Barrowman (who I would be excited to see all by himself) and Neve McIntosh who plays Madame Vastra, and James Masterson who, among his many geek credits, appeared in Torchwood. (Sorry, I know he’s been in tons more noteworthy things, but I’m DW focused, here.)
In addition, they offer a Time Lord VIP pass, in advance only, for $235, which includes the following:
(Peter Davison is not included because he was a late addition to the program, but guys- really! This is a great deal as it is, as it’s only $8 more per day than the regular VIP Pass at the door.)
This is a totally volunteer, fan-run, non-big corporate convention, and they’re taking a big chance on including so many Doctor Who guests. These guys spend months- years, even- of their lives planning and organizing this, and they don’t make a penny from it. They want to make this a Doctor Who friendly event with a proven track record of bringing in crowds so that in the future, they can point to their success and prove that an audience exists for DW in order to bring in more New Who guests. Let’s prove to them that the audience exists outside LA and the corporate conventions so that we can enjoy more DW guests stateside.
The group I’m involved with will be there and we’ll be bringing our TARDIS as well as hosting three panel discussions on Doctor Who. Come and share the Whovian joy!
So I’m standing in the bookstore this afternoon, minding my own business, perusing the graphic novels, when - for the barest fraction of a second - my heart flooded with indescribable hope and joy. A moment later, I was inconsolably depressed when I realized the sound of the TARDIS landing was coming from a cookie jar someone had opened the next aisle over.
The selection last week of a new actor to play the Doctor on Doctor Who has made headlines all over the world. And you’d be forgiven for wondering why. It’s only a TV show, after all, and it’s a sometimes cheesy, often over-the-top sci-fi feature at that, not 60 Minutes or The West Wing.
But Doctor Who is more than a character on a show that millions love, he’s arguably the chosen hero of the millennial generation. Every generation chooses its hero, even the fictional ones. Superman was very much a product of the 1940s, just as Captain America was born of World War II, just as Rocky was the perfect working class champion of the 1970s.
Doctor Who has millions of viewers who watch the adventures of the Time Lord on the BBC and millions more who replay it over Netflix, Hulu or cherished box sets.
No other character onscreen has achieved the hero status of the Doctor and he’s our first international epic icon since, perhaps, Harry Potter. It hasn’t escaped me, of course, that all of these heroes are male, but our world hasn’t yet opened its global consciousness enough to bump Luke Skywalker in favor of Princess Leia.
So, if the Doctor is the chosen champion of the millennial generation, then I think it’s an interesting choice. The Doctor is at least a thousand years old. He’s mostly a pacifist. In all of his incarnations — and there are now 12 different actors selected to play the role — he is not renowned for his brute strength or imposing physique. The Doctor solves problems through reason, intellect and compassion, not rocket launchers and machine guns.
He couldn’t win a football game if he tried and while he’s spry, he’d probably lose a fist fight with Indiana Jones. The Doctor is cerebral, sentimental and mostly non-violent. One of the best moments of the series comes at the end of an episode called “The Doctor Dances,” with the Time Lord smiling broadly and shouting to his cohort: “Everybody lives, Rose! Everybody lives!” Neither Rambo nor Captain Kirk of Star Trek could ever say the same.
For kids born in the U.S. since 9/11, who have never known peacetime, dogged by headlines of mass shootings and improvised explosive devices, it makes sense their chosen champion would be a reaction to violence and war. But unlike the baby boomers who reacted to war by anointing a hero with a pistol and a big shield, the millennials prefer a skinny alien in a bowtie who’s famous for saying: “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”
The Doctor is the man of intellect and infinite fancy, totally blind to race and even species. Almost no one knows his name, he’s almost the last of his kind and he is the self-described hoper of far-flung hopes and dreamer of improbable dreams.
As chosen heroes go… well, you could do much worse than the Doctor. Allons-y.