Guests of Honour


SOPHIE ALDRED played the role of Ace, companion to the Seventh Doctor, from 1987-1989. Even after the original series was cancelled, the character of Ace lived on through books and comics and, when Big Finish launched their line of Doctor Who audios in 1999, Sophie returned to play the character once again. She is thrilled at being called back to play Ace in Jodie Whitaker’s 13th Doctor’s final story.

She has also written a variety of Doctor Who books; Ace the Inside Story of the End of an Era, At Childhood’s End (13th and 7th Dr and Ace) and a short story called Chemistry for Origins stories.

Born in Greenwich, London and raised in Blackheath, Sophie studied drama at the University of Manchester and worked in children’s theatre, working mens’ clubs and musicals before being cast in Doctor Who. Since the cancellation of the original series, Sophie has continued to stay busy with work on programmes like Words and Pictures, Corners, Tiny and Crew, ZZZap! It’s a Mystery, WOW and many others.

Her extensive voice work, includes animated programs such as Dennis and Gnasher, Bananas in Pyjamas, Peter Rabbit, and Tree Fu Tom. In fact, in Tree Fu Tom, someone called David Tennant played her sidekick! She also records many audio books and dramas for a variety of publishing companies including Audible and Penguin Random House.


LISA BOWERMAN trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked extensively in many major theatres throughout the UK including Leicester, Bristol Old Vic, Leatherhead, Plymouth, Salisbury, Harrogate, Windsor, Manchester, York and many more – in plays including: The Rivals, La Ronde, The Constant Wife, Ghosts, I Have Been Here Before, Relatively Speaking, Moll Flanders (title role), The Comedy Of Errors, An Ideal Husband and Blithe Spirit. West End includes Rick’s Bar Casablanca and Cavalcade. Tours have included Hay Fever, Blood Brothers and The Circle for Oxford Stage Company. Also All Our Hellos and Goodbyes (a play commissioned to celebrate the re-opening of St Pancras Station), The Bear (Maltings Farnham), and more recently a lost J.B. Priestley play The Roundabout at The Park Theatre, London – which also had a run as part of the Brits off Broadway season in New York. Further recent work includes a successful run of a new political play An Honourable Man, at The White Bear Kennington and Maggie & Ted which premiered at The White Bear and went onto have a short run at the Garrick Theatre, London and Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford.

Television includes: Casualty (first two series as paramedic Sandra Mute), Doctor Who (playing Karra in Survival), The Vision Thing, The Count of Solar, McCallum, Bad Girls, Night & Day, also, Doctors, Spooks, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street and has recently finished filming two episodes of a new series for Disney+ Playdate, which is due for release in 2024.

Lisa has recorded many plays for BBC Radios 3 & 4 and Independent Radio Drama Productions and has for the last 25 years played the title role in the Doctor Who spin-off audio series Professor Bernice Summerfield for Big Finish Productions, as well regular characters in their series of Sapphire & Steel and Jago & Litefoot, and many other guesting roles. Aside from Big Finish, she recently played a regular character in BBC Radio 4’s long running series The Archers.

She is also a prolific audio drama director, having directed many series for Big Finish Productions, including Doctor Who: The Early Adventures, The Companion Chronicles, Graceless, Sapphire & Steel, Torchwood and 13 series of Jago & Litefoot, as well as for other companies – most recently of which was an adaptation of H G Wells’ War of the Worlds: The Coming of the Martians, starring Colin Morgan (for Sherwood Sound Studios) and Dickens’ The Chimes, starring Toby Jones (for Average Romp Productions) and recently re-released through Big Finish.

We are thrilled to welcome Lisa to CONsole Room for the first time in 2024!


JON DAVEY has been featured in 50 episodes of Doctor Who over the past 18 years so far as various monsters, including: Dalek, Cyberman, Ood, Judoon, Whisperman, and Unit Soldier. He has also performed and assisted with choreography in Doctor Who Live in 2010, Doctor Who Proms 2013 and The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Australia 2014/2015 and the UK in 2015. He has also been featured in Rogue One, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, Merlin, Wizard v Aliens, Casualty, and Atlantis in various roles.

His other work includes being a DOP, camera operator, and still photographer. He has worked on projects for Big Brother, X-Factor, Robbie Williams, Samsung, and MTV. Jon has also worked on over 50 music video for bands such as: Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, Seasick Steve, Run The Jewels, Mc Fly, Offspring, and Kula Shaker. In 2011, he worked as a lighting Cameraman on an animated sequence for the Simon Pegg movie A Fantastic Fear of

We are thrilled to welcome Jon to CONsole Room for the first time in 2024!


SYLVESTER MCCOY is best known for his role as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who.

Sylvester regenerated into the Doctor in 1987 with the story “Time and the Rani.” He portrayed the role until the original series ended in 1989, last seen walking into the distance with his companion Ace, played by former CONsole Room Guest of Honour, Sophie Aldred. He returned to the role in the television movie in 1997, passing on the keys to the TARDIS to Paul McGann. Sylvester has reprised the role many times since, including in numerous Big Finish audio plays, the comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, and, most recently, in the 2022 special “The Power of the Doctor.”

Outside of Doctor Who, Sylvester has worked extensively in theater, film, and television. Born in Dunoon, Scotland, McCoy first gained recognition as a physical comedian and actor through the Ken Campbell Roadshow, a small, experimental theatre group that performed a range of different plays. Throughout his career, some of his notable roles include one-man stage shows portraying comedians Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton, the Fool opposite Ian McKellen’s Lear in King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007, and Radagast in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy, among many, many others.

We are thrilled to welcome Sylvester McCoy to CONsole Room for the first time in 2024!

Featured Guests



MATT EVERKOUL is the co-host of “The All-New Adventures of the Doctor Who Book Club” podcast, where he, and his co-host Chris Hawton in South London, read and review a different Doctor Who book each month. Matt has been an active member of the Twin Cities Geek community for 25+ years, serving as a board member of MiSFiTS, the Minnesota Society for the Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy (now Geek Partnership Society), as a previous head of programming for CONvergence, and co-ran OmegaCon for a number of years. In addition to Doctor Who, Matt enjoys Star Trek in all its forms, is a 3D-film enthusiast, and even has a complete set of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novels!



CHRIS HAWTON has co-hosted The All-New Adventures Of The Doctor Who Book club podcast with Matt since 2017.

He’s been a fan of the show since discovering it on American Forces Broadcasting while living in the Middle East in the 80s and so was brought up on a diet of Tom Baker and then random selections of Doctors.

Being somewhat partial to the books, his favourite Doctor is quite probably the NA-era 7th Doctor.
This is his first American convention and so he’s very much looking forward to it.


JODY HOUSER decided she wanted to be a writer at eight years old and never looked back. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, where she completed her master's thesis in screenwriting and was a winner of the Rod Parker Fellowship for Playwriting.

In 2006, Jody began experimenting with webcomics. Her first professional comics writing was published in 2012. She became a full-time freelance writer in 2016.

Now a New York Times bestselling and Eisner-nominated writer, Jody has penned stories for DC Comics (Mother PanicHarley Quinn & Poison Ivy), Marvel Comics (Star WarsWeb of Black Widow), Dark Horse Comics (Stranger ThingsCritical Role), Titan Comics (Doctor Who), IDW Publishing (Orphan BlackStar Trek), and Valiant Entertainment (Faith), among others.

You can also find Jody in the online TTRPG space. Jody has been a cast member in several games, including Eric's TBD RPG and VAST on Geek & Sundry, and The Claw Firm on Demiplane.



CHRISTOPHER JONES is a Minnesota native comic book artist and illustrator who has drawn comic books for many major publishers and was active in local fandom for many years before moving to Los Angeles to work as a storyboard artist and character designer for Warner Brothers Animation.

Christopher's comics work includes Young Justice, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman Strikes, and Batman '66 for DC Comics, and Spider-man Adventures and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes for Marvel. He has drawn multiple Doctor Who projects for Titan Comics including contributions to Once Upon a Time Lord, the Doctor Who special written by Dan Slott.

His animation work includes work on Young Justice Phantoms, Seasons 3 and 4 of Harley Quinn, and the upcoming spin-off series Kite Man, Hell Yeah!

Christopher was one of the original founders of CONvergence and created their robot mascot character Connie.



M²O (formerly known as SlytherPuff) is a musical duo consisting of Maren and Morgan. The duo had their debut performance in 2017 at CONvergence. They have performed at CONsole Room a few times and are excited to be back! They sing about their favourite fandoms and have some new songs to debut at this year’s CONsole Room.



The Victorian Lady Doctors are a group of friends and costumers from the Twin Cities area who had an idea. In 2012, they took the (current) 11 Doctors, the TARDIS, a Dalek, and a variety of other characters, and reimagined them into Victorian, gender-swapped cosplays. This group won “Best in Show” at the CONvergence 2012 Masquerade, where they also hosted their first Doctor Who-themed Tea Party.

Attending Professionals



MARGRET BLAYLOCK is a mom, a college student, a massage therapist, a sober cab, a best friend, a stand up comic, and has a pinch of schizophrenia just for flare!



T. AARON CISCO is a lifelong, diehard Whovian, and huge fan of CONsole Room! T. Aaron is also an Amazon Bestselling author, a multi-award-winning TV producer, touring musician, and unrepentant Blerd with a capital B. His works have frequently adorned Amazon's bestseller lists, with "The Unbanished," "Rod String Nail Cloth: An Afrofuturist Mixtape," and "Black Nerd Blue Box: The Wibbly Wobbly Memoirs of a Lonely Whovian" clinching the number one spot.  His work has been showcased on various networks and outlets including NBC, ABC, KSTP, TPT, Insight News, and Twin Cities Geeks. Accolades include local Emmy awards, international speaking engagements, the MN Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award, and a distinguished spot on Hennepin County Libraries' Minnesota Black Authors list.



JOE COCOZZELLO has been honing his frenetic brand of standup comedy since 1999 performing at clubs and colleges from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. Calling Minnesota home he is determined to become "a Minnesotan." Deemed the "Mouth of the Midwest" by comedian Todd Glass, Joe is a gatling gun of laughs. This is definitely a show you don't want to miss.


MATT DOOYEMA is a proud pet father of four from St Cloud. A bartender by trade, Dooyema's humor has been influenced by the stories from behind the bartop and the soul crushing realization that his mother was most likely right about not finishing college.
Irreverent by nature, silly by design, bitter by circumstance, Matt is a high energy performer that's willing to please. Matt also hosts the Keller Comedy Open Mic, St. Cloud's only amateur hour occurring every Wednesday! You can also catch Dooyema as a co-host on the Awful Service Podcast.


Born and raised in Las Vegas, this Queer and charming story teller has found herself in Minneapolis because she lost a bet. Gabby is the producer of The Gay Agenda at Comedy Corner Underground. She was a finalist in the 2023 Rick Brunson House of Comedy Funniest Person with a Day Job contest. She has opened up for national headliners like Cara Connors, Ali Sultan, Kelsey Cook, and Chad Daniels. Gabby OK spoke exclusively in third person for a semester in 7th grade for no reason but it has finally paid off in this moment.



RANDALL REID is a comic on the rise, his playful, nonchalant, thoughtful style of comedy, creeps closer to ten years in the comedy game. Randall is a 4-time Finalist in the Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy Amateur competition and a 2 two time Finalist in the Minnesota’s Funniest Competition. Randall was also a Featured Comedian in the inaugural Loons by the Lake Comedy Festival. He has a  unique perspective to find the balance between the lightest and darkest of topics. From battling his young daughter to retrieving his friend from tight situations, Reid will take you on a journey.



DREW SCHINGEN's accessible brand of comedy leaves people in a good mood everywhere he goes. He’s what you get if a golden retriever wished to be a real boy.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, there’s not much he’s afraid of. If you’re brave enough to challenge him to a drinking contest, you can always find him at the bar.
In 2021, he won the House of Comedy’s Funniest Person with a Day Job contest. He has performed across the United States and Europe. And he has even performed at the Mystic Lake Ball room.

He hosts a monthly comedy showcase at American Legion 98. You can see him on his “Drinks with Drew” segment on KSTP’s Twin Cities Live, weekdays at 3 p.m.



DIANE SIEBER is a St. Paul comedian who uses 25 years of parenting,  30 years of marriage and a lifetime of questionable choices to connect to audiences through laughter.



DAVE WHEELER aka Dave Wonder is a jack of all trades when it comes to comics and design. Working as an: inker, colorist, letterer, writer and book designer in comics for the better part of two decades. Dave currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with his family two dogs and his dreams! . He is proud to be one of the co-founders of the kid-friendly comic company MIND WAVE COMICS doing his part to bring back fun to comics! Along with comics Dave has worked as a toy designer for Boss Fight Studios and streams regularly about his love of toys on his Youtube channel: stop by and join the conversation! Outside of comics and toys Dave also has worked as a graphics, gear and merch designer in the professional wrestling industry, having his work seen on AEW, ROH and WWE! When he's not in the studio he enjoys long walks on the beach, making toys and professional wrestling!