#WIY LIVE Time of the Doctor is July 31

Don’t wait for January to join in on some Doctor Who fun! Our latest #WhoItYourself LIVE event “Time of the Doctor” starts at 6PM central time on Saturday, July 31, with pre-event content launching all week starting Tuesday, July 27!

Keep reading to learn more about how you can get involved in and be prepared for our day of fun, as well as see the full schedule below:

Where to Tune In

Our panels will be streaming live in our YouTube channel.

Share how you’re celebrating on Twitter and our #WhoItYourself Community Facebook Group using #WIYTimeOfTheDoctor.

Pre-Flight Schedule

Our “Time of the Doctor” event may only be a few hours, but we have content launching all week leading up to the event! Please note that TIMED EVENTS (in blue) will be happening live at the listed time. All PRE-RECORDED EVENTS (in red) will be shared at the scheduled time on social media channels.

See what you can expect below:

  • Tuesday, July 27, 5:00 PM CDT | Chat with CONsole Room Co-Chairs
    Chat live with CONsole Room co-chairs Jason Tucker and Amber Raden to hear more about CONsole Room 2022 and #WhoItYourself LIVE events throughout 2021. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about CONsole Room and what’s coming and have them answered live.
  • Wednesday, July 28, 12PM CDT | Radio Play Launch: Galaxy Four, Episode 1
    The CONsole Room Radio Players return with a new radio production of Doctor Who story “Galaxy Four.”
  • Thursday, July 29, 12PM CDT | Radio Play Launch: Galaxy Four, Episode 2
    Listen to a radio play of episode two of “Galaxy Four”, presented by the CONsole Room Radio Players.
  • Friday, July 30, 12PM CDT | Radio Play Launch: Galaxy Four, Episode 3
    Listen to a radio play of episode three of “Galaxy Four”, presented by the CONsole Room Radio Players.

“Time of the Doctor” Schedule

Please note that TIMED EVENTS (in blue) will be happening live at the listed time. All PRE-RECORDED EVENTS (in red) will be shared at the scheduled time on social media channels.

Not available when a panel or activity launches? Not to worry! While you might miss out on some of the live interaction, all posts and videos will still be available later when you are able to join us.

  • 6:00 PM CDT | Radio Play Launch: Galaxy Four, Episode 4
    Directed by: Ben Ellis
    Cast: Matt Bjorkman, Meg Bjorkman, Joe Erickson, JoEllen Erickson, Jennifer Jo Peck, Carly Schumacher, Jon Sloan

    The CONsole Room Radio Players return with the fourth and final episode of Doctor Who story “Galaxy Four.” Tune in to the exciting conclusion to begin your evening of events!
  • 7:30 PM | WIY Celestial Game Makers
    Panelists: Nick Seidler, Libby Shea, John Till
    Our experienced gaming panelists will be discussing designing and playing Doctor Who board and role playing games (RPG).
  • 9:00 PM | Doctor Who Jeopardy
    This is Doctor Who! Wrap up the day with a fun game of Doctor Who-themed Jeopardy.

Learn more about our “WIY Celestial Game Makers” Panelists:

NICK SEIDLER

Nick Seidler is a writer and gamer.  He is co-author to the book “Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America” and has contributed to various other works including the “Outside In” series.  Nick has worked professionally writing and editing role-playing games and is the editor of the fanzine “The Diary of Doctor Who Role-Playing Games”.  His own Doctor Who RPG campaign is now in its 36th year of play with over 4860 adventures played and it is still going strong.  He also helps design fan-made Doctor Who games that appear at cons such as Console Room and Chicago TARDIS.  He’s hopes you enjoy gaming too.

LIBBY SHEA

Libby Shea is a gamer, writer, and fan-made board game creator. She has written for “Outside In Takes a Stab”, as well as contributed to “Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America” and the “Diary of Doctor Who Role-Playing Games” fanzine. She is the Chicago TARDIS Game Room Lead and has created/worked on several original fan-made games specifically for the convention. In her personal time, she plays in and Game Masters for a long-running Doctor Who RPG campaign.

JOHN TILL

John Till is the author of the Strange Stars Fate Rule Book, available at DriveThruRPG.com, currently writing and playtesting the Fate of Tekumel RPG, and co-founder of Saturday Night Space Opera, a monthly SF RPG event for Twin Cities fans. He has run the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG many times, and is proud to be running an all-LGBTQ campaign using the Star Trek Adventures RPG which has been running for more than two years now.

Making Your Day Extra Special

Expand on your experience with some of our on-demand content to add a little something extra special to your day. Take a look at our list below:

Coloring Pages

Need some coloring time to unwind? Our coloring pages have always been very popular at both CONsole Room and at the outreach events we have hosted outside of our convention. Bring that experience home by printing these out to color by hand or color digitally, then share on social media to add your art to our digital wall.

Mix Your Own Mocktails

We are very proud of the top notch refreshment experience we offer both through our ConSuite at our convention, as well as at some of our Who-themed experiences outside of CONsole Room. Bring a piece of that magic into your home during the event with some of our tried-and-true non-alcoholic beverage recipes!

Reimagining the Possible for 2022

It has been about five and a half months since we hosted our 8th annual convention for a global, virtual audience. The event was a huge success and we are thrilled that so many of you chose to join us virtually. You have our sincerest thanks for helping us bring this wonderful Whovian community online for a packed weekend of great discussion and great company!

Since then, and alongside hosting a handful of #WhoItYourself LIVE events, we have been busy gathering information and evaluating the outlook for next year. We appreciate your patience as we worked to reimagine what a convention could be and determine the best steps forward that put the health, safety, and well-being of this community first and foremost.

As such, we are excited to announce that the ninth regeneration of our convention, “Satellite 9,” will be proceeding in a hybrid format on January 21-23, 2022.

We realize that a lot can change between now and January. While we are excited to reimagine the CONsole Room experience to include both in-person and virtual community members, we are continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our communities and utilize guidance from state and world governing health systems to prioritize the health and longevity of our attendees and this organization. We are dedicated to staying transparent about any decisions we make about the 2022 convention and other upcoming events and will continue to share updates as they are available.

In the meantime, we do have a few main points to share regarding the format and policies for the 2022 convention:

  • All in-person attendees for CONsole Room 2022 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This means that, regardless of age, you must have received your only dose of a single-dose vaccine or your second dose of a two-dose vaccine no later than January 6, 2022. You will be required to show proof of vaccination when picking up your badge.
    • We understand that this decision impacts families with youth 11 years of age and younger and individuals with medical concerns in particular. Please know that we do not make this decision lightly but it is important that we prioritize the health and safety of our attendees and provide the safest environment possible. If you are not able to attend in person, we will have multiple ways for you to participate in our convention in a virtual setting.
  • At this time, we will be requiring masks for all in-person attendees. Based on the latest global health information, masks are currently being recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Additionally, the common spaces of the hotel will be shared with non-convention goers who may or may not be vaccinated. We will continue to monitor health and safety guidance and update accordingly.
  • We will not be offering registration refunds for the 2022 convention, but will be able to facilitate badge transfers. We recognize that it is challenging to plan ahead with so much uncertainty – it is for us, too! However, CONsole Room Events is a nonprofit and we are able to continue doing what we do because of the support of this community. While we were able to provide some wonderful virtual programming over the past year with the help of your generous donations, and moving to a virtual format for our 2021 convention was certainly the right move for our community, returning this year to our standard “no refund” policy ensures some financial stability this year so that we can continue creating these events for you for years to come.
  • We have two virtual tickets available: Cybermite and Cyberman. This community is the heart of our convention, and we wanted to make it easy for anyone to attend in some way while still supporting the financial needs of the convention. To support this effort, our new Cybermite ticket is FREE and will provide limited access to online content. The expanded Cyberman ticket will provide access to additional digital content that will not be available to Cybermite ticket holders. We are still determining specifically what types of content will be available for each ticket and will keep you updated as decisions are made, but our goal is to focus on in-person and digital content equitably and still provide an immersive, fulfilling virtual experience. All in-person tickets will also include Cyberman access to digital content.

We have added our COVID-19 policies to our Policies page on our website with the latest policies and will continue to keep you updated. Additional registration information can also be found on the Registration page on our website.

So, what can you expect from our 2022 convention?

While aspects of the convention might look a little different, you can certainly expect a lot of the same great things you’ve come to expect from us in the past! We are still in the process of determining exactly how some of the spaces will function, what will need to be changed and what will remain the same, and the differences between in-person and virtual tickets. However, you can expect standard offerings such as panels, Guests of Honour, photographs, and autographs to be available, along with many of our unique fan favorites such as our Escape Room and ConSuite.

Ultimately, our goal is to provide a full and safe convention experience for all of our attendees, no matter where you’re joining us from.

We know it’s going to be a bit different, but we’re excited for the possibilities that a hybrid convention presents and are looking forward to joining all of you, whether in person or virtually, in January!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our co-chairs by emailing chairperson@console-room.com.

Allons-y!

CONsole Room Board of Directors and Convention Committee

Give to the Max Day 2020

Did you know that CONsole Room is created by Console Room Events, a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization? We are a completely volunteer-run event and our funding comes entirely from ticket sales for our event and generous donations from people like you.

While our 8th annual convention will be virtual and free for all to attend (please read the full announcement on our website), there are still some costs involved. We are using Give to the Max day on Thursday, November 19 – a day dedicated to supporting nonprofits throughout Minnesota – to help share some insight and awareness around CONsole Room and what we have been working on to share with this wonderful growing community. As we head into the final months of planning before the 2021 convention, we ask that you consider supporting our local convention in any way you are able to so that we can continue to bring you the best Doctor Who convention, and ongoing community engagement, that we can.

How to Get Involved:

  • Visit our Give to the Max donation page to gift a tax deductible donation to Console Room Events. Any amount is helpful, and we’ve made some special digital thank you gifts just for you that you can use during our virtual convention in January!
    • Tip: Don’t forget your passport! Get a peek at – and a head start on – some of the January fun we have planned by finding this special image on our organization page.
    • Learn more about Give to the Max Day by visiting the GiveMN website.
  • Tune in for a LIVE discussion on Facebook with the CONsole Room co-chairs, Jason and Amber, on Thursday, November 19 at 7PM central time to get a peek into what’s ahead for CONsole Room 2021 and to ask any questions you have about the upcoming virtual event!
  • Consider becoming a CONsole Room volunteer! Our volunteer interest form is always available on our website.
  • Spread the word! Invite friends and family to the CONsole Room 2021 event on Facebook, follow us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube), share what you’re most looking forward to at our 2021 event using #CONsoleRoom2021, and more.