A Celebration of Doctor Who-Boy Was That Fun!

Celebration of Doctor Who

This past weekend (Saturday, May the 4th, to be exact) I spent my day celebrating!  I was not, however, celebrating the franchise you might guess based on the date.  Instead, I was celebrating the franchise you’d guess based on knowing me even just a little bit.  That’s right, it was A Celebration of Doctor WhoPaul Booth of DePaul University organized a truly lovely event.

I spent my day surrounded by Doctor Who fans.  What could possibly be better?

There were two tracks going simultaneously.  One room was for screening Doctor Who episodes.  Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it over there at all, I was so busy with the other track—the roundtable discussions.  These were fabulous—and not just ‘cause I was on two of them.*  I got to talk about “The Long Appeal of Doctor Who” and “Doctor Who Fandom.”  Both were fun discussions with lovely and intelligent people.**

After the roundtables, Robert Shearman did a live commentary of his episode “Dalek” and a Q&A after.  He was as hilarious and informative as always.  He even did a short reading from one of his stories.  It was delightful!  (…if disturbing—he excels at disturbing!)

A particular highlight of the day was getting to meet so many Verity! fans.  I lost track of the number of people who approached me between panels to tell me they liked the podcast.  I couldn’t be more chuffed.  Thank you to everyone who made me feel so so special.

Here are some other highlights in no particular order:

  • I bought a book and a Big Finish audio adventure!***
  • My heretofore twitter-only friend Mel Heeres brought me a gluten-free donut!
  • Rob Shearman drew a Dalek for me.
  • Jody Lynn Nye showed me her fabulous photo album w/pictures of John Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Lis Sladen, Ian Marter, Janet Fielding, and probably more I’ve forgotten.  It was SO. COOL.
  • I got to hang out with friends I don’t get to see often enough: Lynne, Michael, Caitlin, and Felicity!
  • Mary Robinette Kowal gave me advice on shoes.
  • My parents came along with me and enjoyed it thoroughly.   They saw almost every single panel and had a blast!
  • Jody Lynn Nye brought Jelly Babies (in a TARDIS lunchbox) and passed them out to our panel—and the audience!
  • I had lunch (and then coffee) with Carole Barrowman, who is as lovely and entertaining as her brother.
  • The Well-Tempered Schism provided some lovely Who-themed music during the reception after the events.

I could probably go on and on about how awesome it was, but I shall stop here.  If another event of this sort happens while I’m still in the USofA, I will most definitely make it a point to attend.  I encourage anyone in the Chicago area to keep your eyes open and do the same.

As a matter of fact, if you’re a Doctor Who fan, look around and see if there are any local Who-themed meet-ups or events.  There’s something magical about gathering in person to celebrate something we love so very much.

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*I even moderated my first panel EVER.  Scary.  And, as it turned out: Fun!

**One of those people was my Verity! cohort Lynne!

***Yes, ME.  I bought an audio.  Even I’m not sure what to think about that.

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4 thoughts on “A Celebration of Doctor Who-Boy Was That Fun!

  1. Paul Booth says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! What audio did you get? :)

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