Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey: Regenerating for 2019

We are full speed ahead planning for CONsole Room 2018, but we’re taking a brief moment to jump ahead to next year.


Because CONsole Room 2019 is traveling in time!

That’s right, our sixth annual Doctor Who convention is moving to a different date. CONsole Room 2019 will be held January 4-6. Same great convention, same great location, just a different time.

Why the date change? Lots of reasons, but the long and short of it is that we want to be able to give you the best convention we can possibly give during a time that works for the largest number of people.

What about CONsole Room 2018? This will have zero effect on CONsole Room 2018, which is still being held May 11-13 this year. We just understand that plans are made around our convention and wanted to give you a heads up of the change as early as possible.

And you can register now! To celebrate our date change, from now through April 15, 2018 you will be able to purchase an add-on regular weekend membership for our 2019 convention for just $25!

  • If you have NOT purchased a membership for CONsole Room 2018:
    • Go to our regular CONsole Room 2018 registration link.
    • As you fill out your membership information you will see a drop-down box that says “Would you like to add on a weekend membership for CONsole Room 2019 for $25.00?”
    • Select the option that says “Yes – $25.00” to add on your 2019 membership.
  • If you HAVE purchased a membership for CONsole Room 2018:
    • You can still add on a $25 membership for 2019! Go to our Square store.
    • Select the “CONsole Room 2019 Weekend Membership Add-On” and follow the instructions to check out.
    • Please note: This option is ONLY available for people who have already registered for CONsole Room 2018. If you are not currently registered for CONsole Room 2018 this purchase will be considered a 2019 supporting membership.

Registrations for our 2019 convention are currently ONLY available as an add-on to CONsole Room 2018. The $25 price is only available for regular adult, youth, and child weekend memberships, it does not apply to VIP or dealer memberships.

We are so excited to be continuing our celebration of Doctor Who with you in 2019 and beyond! Allons-y!

Questions? Please contact registration@console-room.com.

Letter from the chair


CONsole Room is just two short months away, and we’re all busy working to bring you the best Doctor Who convention the Twin Cities has seen!  Of course, I’m most excited that we’re bringing Peter Davison back to Minnesota.  Peter was the first Doctor I ever saw in person, back in 1986 at the Prom Center in St. Paul, and I know some of the CONsole Room attendees were there along with me.  Joining Peter will be Janet Fielding, who also returns to the Twin Cities after too long an absence, and for the first time Tegan will be together with the Fifth Doctor at a convention in Minnesota!  You’ll never get a better chance for a photo opportunity with them both.  Gary Russell, who I believe has had more roles in Doctor Who fandom than nearly anyone else, also will be at CONsole Room.  Gary has been a script editor for Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who novelist, a producer for Big Finish audio plays, editor of Doctor Who magazine, a writer for Doctor Who comics, and was an actor in his own right!

We’re also bringing back some of the great writers and artists that we’ve had in the past.  Fresh off of his 3rd Doctor comic, Christopher Jones will be here to talk about his work for Titan Comics and will have a table in Artists Alley.  David Brown and Ann Neubauer have been building life-size props and bringing them to conventions, and we’re excited to honour them as special guests this year, and featuring their work.  Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg returns to the convention, bringing is encyclopedic knowledge of Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and zombies.  Along with everything else he brings to CONsole Room, he’ll be talking about ATB Publishing’s forthcoming book about fandom in America, “Red, White, and WHO!”  You won’t want to miss any of our special guests’ panels!

Along with our great guests, we have a couple of new events for the convention this year!  Friday night, we’ll be having a dance party, hosted by DJ noise and DJ SLT!  Karaoke returns on Saturday night, and throughout the weekend, you’ll want to sign up for a turn in our Escape Room, featuring a life-size TARDIS console!  We’re also going to have some original Doctor Who board games designed by Nick Seidler, bringing them all the way from Milwaukee.  I don’t think these games have been seen in Minnesota yet, and you’re going to love them!

One of the things that I think is great about Doctor Who in the new millennium is how much it’s a show for families.  Most of the fans I grew up with started watching it as a kid, and now they have kids of their own.  They remember watching The Five Doctors when it aired, and now 24 years later, the Doctor from that story is going to be here, where they can introduce their kids to one of their childhood heroes.  If you haven’t registered yet, I hope you’ll do so today, and if you have registered, I’d love for you to tell your friends about CONsole Room 2017, and convince them to come along.  You’re all helping make this one of the best weekends of the year, and it can only get better if you’re there with your fellow Doctor Who fans!
Power of the Daleks

A New Beginning for an Old Doctor

Doctor Who fans have experienced many losses. Having to say goodbye to our favorite Doctor, for example, or the (relatively) Who-less time between the shows initial cancellation in 1989 and it’s return to television in 2005. Or, in this case, the loss of several classic Who episodes due to BBC’s categorical deletion of television archives.

The late 60s and early 70s were a dark time for the posterity of television programs. Various practical reasons – lack of materials, space, etc. – led a number of television broadcasters, the BBC included, to destroy archived footage. Many shows were affected across networks, as well as many other shows under BBC’s care. For Doctor Who, this meant the loss of 97 episodes from its first six seasons with losses primarily from seasons three through five.

But this particular story isn’t as much about a loss as it is a new beginning. Doctor Who’s sixteen-year absence from the air prompted a search for the missing episodes, and its eventual return to television regenerated the series for new fans and old – fans eager to learn about ALL of the lives the Doctor had lived. The resurrection of the missing episodes has varied, to say the least, with anything from film stills to full episodes being found around the world, while other stories remain missing in their entirety. And then there’s the newest addition being welcomed back into the archives, the 1966 story “The Power of the Daleks.”

While many of the reconstructed episodes have been pieced together as well as they can, BBC took a different direction with “The Power of the Daleks,” choosing this time to recreate the story in its entirety using animation. Audio recordings still intact from the original episodes provided an authentic backdrop, and the story was re-released to the public on November 5, 2016 – exactly 50 years after it originally aired.

But while this is a new step for BBC’s efforts to complete the Doctor Who archives in full, this particular story holds a particular significance – that of the introduction of regeneration. This episode captures one of the most brilliant moves that the BBC has ever made in regards to the Doctor. Think of the possibilities! Not only can the Doctor go anywhere at any time – already a healthy playground for the imaginative mind – but the regeneration of the main protagonist takes the possibilities to the next level. A new regeneration means a new personality, a new aesthetic, a new tone, while still embracing the mysterious Gallifreyan that we’ve all grown to know and love. “Doctor Who” has never been a more apt title. And while this episode could be seen as a turning point for the Doctor, its recreation in animation is certainly a turning point for the missing episodes.

It’s a new beginning for an old Doctor. We can’t wait to see what’s next.