#WIY LIVE Day of the Doctor is Nearly Here!

Our convention committee has been so excited to share LIVE events with you over the past few weeks, and tomorrow is our biggest one yet!

Our #WhoItYourself LIVE event “Day of the Doctor” starts at 9AM central time on Saturday, June 27 and brings you a full day filled with some of the unique, exciting ways CONsole Room celebrates not only the Doctor Who universe but also the fans who help bring this universe to life. Our schedule of events include activities, discussions, live panels, a tweet-along, a virtual Masquerade, and so much more!

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 and on the CONsole Room Facebook page.

Activities, such as our Masquerade and “Caption This” game, are posts that will be shared throughout the day on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter social media channels.

Lastly, wrap up your day with our Tweet-along on both Twitter and our #WhoItYourself Community Facebook Group using #WIYDayOfTheDoctor.

Making Your Day Extra Special

While much of our day is designed for live interaction across our social media channels, there are a few things you can do on your own, too, to share or add a little something extra special to your day. Take a look at our list below:

Virtual Masquerade

We have always enjoyed celebrating the creativity of cosplayers through the Costume Showcase and Hall Costume Contest at our convention. During our “Day of the Doctor” event, we will have dedicated space for you to share videos or photos of your own cosplay throughout the day!

Cosplayers (left to right) Meg Bjorkman, Eleanor Cashman, and Matt Bjorkman at a previous CONsole Room convention.

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 this weekend 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 this weekend with some of our tried-and-true non-alcoholic beverage recipes!

Schedule

No matter how you would prefer to get involved, we have options for you! Take a look at our schedule below to plan out your day. Please note that all times are in central time.

Please note that TIMED EVENTS (in blue) will be happening live at the listed time. All ACTIVITIES (in red) will be started as posts on our social media channels between panels listed below.

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.

  • ACTIVITY: Share Your Coloring Page
    Share pictures of your creations in this post so we can decorate our virtual walls with color.
  • 9:00 AM | Welcome from the CONsole Room Co-Chairs
    Tune in for a brief, live welcome message from the CONsole Room co-chairs as we talk through what to expect from the day and can answer any questions you have.
  • ACTIVITY: Introduce Yourself
    Introduce yourself to your fellow Whovians from all around the world and share how you discovered Doctor Who.
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Costuming the Doctor
    Panelists: T Aaron Cisco, Kiah Nelson, Kat Pepmiller, Amber Raden
    Whether you’re creating your cosplay from scratch or through thrift store finds, join us to learn great cosplay tips and hear stories from our cosplayers.
  • ACTIVITY: Digital Masquerade
    Share videos or photos of your own cosplay for this digital Masquerade!
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Radio Play: The Celestial Toymaker
    Cast: Ben Ellis, Meg Bjorkman, David Norris, Riki Gee, Earl Luckes, Matt Bjorkman, Susie Guille, Phillip Gordon
    The play is the thing! Join our cast as they take us on an audio journey into this First Doctor story. There will be time for Q&A and discussion at the end.
  • ACTIVITY: Caption This!
    Share a caption or two (or more!) on the photos we’ll be sharing (and please remember to keep it family friendly!)
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Comic Creators of Doctor Who, Featuring Christopher Jones and Katy Rex
    Moderator: Dave Wheeler
    Doctor Who may have started on the small screen, but it’s expanded far beyond the screen’s four corners. Join us as we discuss Chris’ and Katy’s work in creating Doctor Who comics and their journey bringing the Doctor to the printed page.
  • ACTIVITY: One Word Story
    Add one word at a time to create a Who-related story as a community (and please remember to keep it family friendly!)
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Tea Time Roundtable Discussion
    You’ve had a day full of Doctor Who-related content, now join fellow fans on Zoom for an open discussion for all to talk about Who.
    Join on Zoom through this link using password “nomore”
  • ACTIVITY: TARDIS Forced Perspective Photo Challenge
    Get ready for our Virtual TARDIS Tour on July 11 by participating in a photo challenge! Learn more about forced perspective with our video, then take a picture of your own in preparation for our next #WhoItYourself LIVE Event – our virtual TARDIS Tour!
  • 4:15 PM | Closing Message from CONsole Room Co-Chairs
    Tune in for a brief live message from our co-chairs about the day and what’s coming next.
  • 7:00 PM | Day of the Doctor Tweet-Along
    Prop up your feet, pop some popcorn, and relax by joining us for a live Tweet-Along of the 50th Anniversary episode “Day of the Doctor.”
    Please note that we will not be streaming this episode live. To participate in the Tweet-Along, we ask all participants to start streaming or playing their own copy of the episode when we start at 7PM, then either follow #WIYDayOfTheDoctor on Twitter or join in the conversation in the #WhoItYourself Community Facebook Group as we share thoughts and reactions about the episode.

Join Us for a Virtual Programming Brainstorm

Do you have programming ideas? We want to hear them! Join members of the CONsole Room Programming team in a virtual brainstorming session to talk about and share ideas for CONsole Room 2021.

We will be using Google Meet for this online gathering. For those who haven’t used Google Meet before, it is pretty simple!

Computer or Laptop:
Open a browser window
Go to meet.google.com (no google account necessary)

Smart Phone or Tablet:
Download the Google Meet app
Set up using your gmail or other google account

The meeting code is: meet.google.com/uaw-kard-hed

A Statement from the CONsole Room Convention Committee

What. A. Year.

It feels like ages ago when we all gathered for CONsole Room 2020. We know that things are challenging for many right now, the global situation is changing rapidly, and that there is a lot of uncertainty. We also know that we have an amazing geeky community here in Minnesota and it’s in these difficult times in particular that this community joins together and lifts each other up.

As such, we have a couple of announcements to make:

First, we are still moving ahead with planning for CONsole Room 2021 at this time. Our 8th annual convention is scheduled for January 15-17 and is much too far away for us to make any decisions regarding cancellation or postponement at this time. However, the health and wellbeing of our attendees and fellow fans is of the utmost important to us. Please know that we are continuing to monitor the global COVID-19 situation and will follow global and local guidance put in place by the WHO, CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Governor Walz.

Second, to help bring our community together while we’re all apart, we will be hosting a series of virtual panel events and activities over the coming weeks. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join our #WhoItYourself Community group if you haven’t already to make sure you don’t miss any of the events. We will post a schedule as soon as possible, but, in the meantime, we invite you to join the discussions happening in the #WhoItYourself group and share your own activities.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay compassionate. We will get through this together.