06
May

Torchwood returns via Big Finish!

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Big Finish dropped some big news last week — literally writing it in huge red letters on Cardiff Bay’s iconic Water Tower (now known to many as Torchwood Tower). The Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood will be returning as a six-part audio series via Big Finish.

Very little is known right now about the nature of the series so far. We’re told that each episode will ‘focus on different members of the Torchwood team, exploring the impact that a mysterious event has on them.’ The first story, a thriller written by David Llewellyn titled ‘The Conspiracy,’ centers on Torchwood leader Captain Jack Harkness, played once again by John Barrowman. This episode will drop in September, with the remaining five coming out monthly starting in January 2016. No other cast members have been revealed yet, new or returning.

Team (Re)Gen are all big fans of both Torchwood and the various Big Finish lines, and can’t wait to see what the team gets up to when the new series starts!


(Re)Generation Who: is the Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation taking place March 27-29, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD, USA.

Guests include Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn, and many more. Tom Baker will be Skyping in for a unique Q&A session with his American fans.

Register and book your room now! You can get extras like exclusive T-shirts, special artwork, or a special commemorative charm dedicated to our Guest of Honor 4th Doctor Tom Baker by adding on one of our our VIP levels.

If you already registered you can add onto an existing registration. Please note that you can only get Tom Baker's (Re)Gen 1 commemorative autograph if you're pre-registered for the event, and it's only available for pre-sale until Feb 15, 2015 (and with limited numbers).



10
Apr

(Re)Gen from our Showrunner’s perspective: Thank you!

Hi all! (Re)Gen Showrunner Oni Hartstein here.

Thank you all for attending the first (Re)Generation Who. I was absolutely blown away by the emotion involved with the weekend. I never cry in public and I actually broke down a few times. In fact, many attendees were crying with joy as well. In all my years of running cons, I have never seen anything as powerful as what happened during (Re)Generation Who 1 weekend.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible. From the guests, to the staff, to the attendees. Every single one of you contributed so much to start this up. That means so much to me. To US.

No matter how big we get, we will ALWAYS remain a place where everyone can feel safe and accepted.

We will ALWAYS go above and beyond to support the attendees in our community to elevate their creativity.

We will ALWAYS go above and beyond to elevate the actors and writers and their projects. That’s why this blog is a year-round blog of exclusive Doctor Who news and information. I’ll post more personal posts over at my blog, but in the meantime I wanted to share some photos from the event that I found to be particularly amazing.

We opened the con with a panel of just James Harknell and myself so that the attendees could meet us and understand that we are here all weekend for feedback. It’s important for us to be there for the attendees and fix anything that may go wrong! :) We are always on the floor and accessible for this reason.

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All of the actors are so kind and so supportive. Here are 2 of my favorite people in the world – Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker!

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Here is myself, Kara, and James Harknell saying hello to Mr. Tom Baker! It took about 40 people in both the US and the UK to make this happen! Special shout out to Audio Sorcery in the UK for their wonderful support! We could not have done this without them!

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We had well over 1000 people watching Tom Baker live. It was magical. Many raised their sonic screwdrivers into the air, activated them, and began swaying from side to side. People were crying, cheering, and having a wonderful time. I have NEVER seen anything like this before! I think we out did Pink Floyd. It has been several days since the event and I am still in shock that I had something to do with making this happen. WOW:

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Here is Allison, Colin Baker, Bree, and (also) Colin enjoying tea at the VIP Tea with the Doctor event:

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Here I am with Kevin, who drove over 1000 miles to come to the con!

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The entire family came and showed what a truly diverse attendee base we have. The kids love Classic Who! We got loud applause when we announced that we will be doing a FULL CHILDREN’S TRACK next year at (Re)Gen 2!

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Here is Sophie Aldred signing the Special Weapons Dalek!

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Sylvester and Sophie on the bell cart!

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Here I am interviewing Terry Molloy. Photo by William Chrapcynski

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Here is Harknell and Deborah Watling:

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Some of these photos came to me orphaned. If any of them are yours please contact us on the nav bar above and I will add your credit!

Again – thank you all so much for attending and spreading the word about what we are doing to raise the bar on Doctor Who conventions. I love you guys. I could not do it without you. It’s about US. That’s why we needed a special name for our attendees. You aren’t just attendees – you are Regenerators.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2016 dates, guests, and expansion. Until then, I hope that some of you can join us at our first convention this August: Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online creativity. This is a conference with fun comicon-style games that empowers everyone – even you – to pursue your dreams through art, technology, and film. Join us.


(Re)Generation Who: is the Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation taking place March 27-29, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD, USA.

Guests include Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn, and many more. Tom Baker will be Skyping in for a unique Q&A session with his American fans.

Register and book your room now! You can get extras like exclusive T-shirts, special artwork, or a special commemorative charm dedicated to our Guest of Honor 4th Doctor Tom Baker by adding on one of our our VIP levels.

If you already registered you can add onto an existing registration.



10
Apr

Convention In Review: (Re)Generation Who Rocks America!

“The Doctor may love London with both his hearts, but that doesn’t stop USA Whovians from uniting to celebrate our favorite Lord of Time. During the last weekend in March, fans from the East Coast packed their sonic screwdrivers, fezzes, and Converse and headed to (Re)Generation Who in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The Doctor Who convention (ran by Oni Hartstein and James Harknell) may be a newbie, but the guest list, panels, vendors, and entertainment packed a veteran punch – and is billed as “The Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation…

(Re)Generation Who has positioned itself to be the next premier Doctor Who convention in the United States. A well-organized and carefully constructed production, the burgeoning event will continue to bring DMV fans a brilliant mixture of discussion topics, eclectic attractions, and enchanting guests to properly cover 52+ years of the best television show of all time.”

Click here to read the full article.


(Re)Generation Who: is the Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation taking place March 27-29, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD, USA.

Guests include Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn, and many more. Tom Baker will be Skyping in for a unique Q&A session with his American fans.

Register and book your room now! You can get extras like exclusive T-shirts, special artwork, or a special commemorative charm dedicated to our Guest of Honor 4th Doctor Tom Baker by adding on one of our our VIP levels.

If you already registered you can add onto an existing registration.



10
Apr

(Re)Generation Who 2015 performances: Hannah Harkness, Tea with the Doctor!

We did a lot of cool stuff this year! Here are 2 videos fans have posted. There are many more to come!

She is Awake: Hannah Harkness at ReGeneration Who 2015:

Hannah is hosting an event in Philadelphia this weekend!

Tea with the Doctor VIP Event:


(Re)Generation Who: is the Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation taking place March 27-29, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD, USA.

Guests include Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn, and many more. Tom Baker will be Skyping in for a unique Q&A session with his American fans.

Register and book your room now! You can get extras like exclusive T-shirts, special artwork, or a special commemorative charm dedicated to our Guest of Honor 4th Doctor Tom Baker by adding on one of our our VIP levels.

If you already registered you can add onto an existing registration.



09
Apr

ReGen visits the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay!

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll recall our interview with writer Joseph Lidster, who overhauled Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience with a brand new interactive story featuring the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. We were very kindly invited out to see for ourselves what the regenerated Experience is all about. Kara Dennison, our Community Manager, is familiar with the Experience’s previous iteration, and ventured out to Cardiff to visit the latest version.

The last time I visited the Doctor Who Experience, I caught a bus. This time I walked from my hotel, and it wasn’t even remotely hard to spot. The huge blue roof right near the bay itself is visible for several minutes before you actually walk up to its doors.

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Just inside the doors, instead of Bessie and Tricey as I’d seen before, I was greeted by a Weeping Angel and a row of Daleks. I was also greeted by Vicky, the Experience’s marketing manager, who told me a bit about the place since the redesign. It went without saying that the place was quite busy, as it’s Easter holidays right now, but Vicky tells me they’ve been doing quite well since the change, and the response has been overall positive. I’d missed by a week an ‘invasion’ of some live Doctor Who monsters, and by two weeks a visit by Peter Capaldi himself for the tenth anniversary of the new series.

There were no surprise guests today, but there was a brand new adventure waiting. When I lined up, I (like the others in line) was given a VIP pass with a crystal in it and told it would ‘keep me safe’ inside the Experience. (No, you don’t get to keep the pass — it’s keyed to certain effects and scenes in certain rooms, and actually becomes part of what you do during the Experience.)

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Note (if you can) that the pass says ‘Gallifrey Museum.’ Because that’s where you’re going in this adventure. You’re met by a Gallifreyan tour guide who briefs you on the history of the Time War and its greatest hero, then offers the assembled crowd a chance to spy on him flying around in his TARDIS. Unfortunately(?), you catch the TARDIS right in the middle of a bizarre alien attack, and the Doctor earmarks your nosy tour group to help save him and the universe.

Saying any more than that would wreck a great deal of fun, because walking into each new room is a surprise — even the ones where the style of them had to be generally preserved from the Experience’s previous iteration. What I can say is that ‘saving the day’ does not mean you stand around, watch videos happen, and wait for the Doctor to tell you to move along. He gives you some jobs to do, and those jobs include you (or at least one member of your party) getting up close and personal with some familiar monsters. That’s the really delightful bit of it. You’re actually being thrown into unfamiliar places and given hurried instructions you might not necessarily understand, but you haven’t got a lot of time to think because there’s a Dalek right over there. I will admit to shrieking loudly in fear in one room, causing a few small children to look at me askance.

As much as I loved Matt Smith’s version, as he offered frustrated encouragement from inside the Pandorica II, I think a story like this is perfect for the Twelfth Doctor. He berates you at every turn, whether it’s for being slow on the uptake or having that awful little human habit of just up and dying. He’ll also randomly call people in the group names (I look like an android, apparently), yet all done in that very Twelve-ish way where somehow you find yourself giving him a pass. It can’t be easy filming the scenes in advance and making it sound like you really are relaying instructions to people one room away or one floor up, but Capaldi nails it, and Lidster’s dialogue for him is spot-on.

The unsung hero of the Experience, though, has to be your tour guide. Ours was a young man who played it humourously frantic without adding undue panic (just enough for the scenes), and did a magnificent job of being simultaneously excited by what was going on, terrified by same, and thoroughly rattled by the Doctor’s incessant jabs. His job involved timing everything he did to fit with preset videos and effects while still appearing natural — not an easy feat, but one he pulled off admirably.

It was also nice to see that both the tour guide and the prerecorded scenes drove home, without breaking the fiction, the necessity of letting any children (or, as the Doctor would have it, ‘small adults’) do the important stuff. At the end of the day, as fun and scary and exciting as it is for grownups, this is meant for families, and everyone did a very good job of making sure the youngest in the group were the ones most involved.

If you’re the sort who likes to lose yourself in immersive shows or haunted houses, you’ll find it extremely easy to do that here. The light and sound design (especially in the first ‘real’ room, which I won’t spoil for you), use of video, and repurposing of old special effects, combined with the addition of a character within your ranks, does wonders for the immersiveness of the whole thing. They’ve really stepped up their game, and I’d recommend the place to any fan who can find even half an excuse to get out to Cardiff.

And there’s still the exhibit afterwards!

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When you leave, you step out into the First Doctor’s console room (specifically, the recreation in An Adventure in Space and Time), and from there can move through the exhibit looking at props, set pieces, and costumes from every era of the show.

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The bed and Rupert’s pyjamas from ‘Listen.’

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One version of the Twelfth Doctor’s outfit, near the lineup of all the Doctors’ costumes.

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Recreation of the barn scene from ‘Day of the Doctor’ with three TARDISes, the Moment, and the Moment’s costume on display.

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Piano wires in a recreation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, used for a certain familiar sound.

The layout of the exhibit is much friendlier to navigate than it had been, with displays organised chronologically by era in large part. Each episode from the most recent series has its own small display area, from ‘Deep Breath’ all the way to ‘Last Christmas.’ As before, there’s even a small studio where a video teaches you how to move like various notable Doctor Who monsters.

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Final word? The new Doctor Who Experience is better than ever. As much as I enjoyed the original, this is more along the lines of what I’d been hoping for when I first heard of it a few years ago. It also manages to pay beautiful tribute to all 50+ years of the show — not just in the exhibit, but in the interactive segment as well. If you’re a fan and can find any excuse to go, it’s worth the time and money to get there.

Visit the Doctor Who Experience website for information on tickets, group sales, walking tours, and more.

 


(Re)Generation Who: is the Doctor Who Convention for Every Generation taking place March 27-29, 2015 in Hunt Valley, MD, USA.

Guests include Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn, and many more. Tom Baker will be Skyping in for a unique Q&A session with his American fans.

Register and book your room now! You can get extras like exclusive T-shirts, special artwork, or a special commemorative charm dedicated to our Guest of Honor 4th Doctor Tom Baker by adding on one of our our VIP levels.

If you already registered you can add onto an existing registration. Please note that you can only get Tom Baker's (Re)Gen 1 commemorative autograph if you're pre-registered for the event, and it's only available for pre-sale until Feb 15, 2015 (and with limited numbers).


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