17
Nov

Children in Need: A History of the Doctor and Pudsey

When two big days fall close together, it’s always fun to turn them into one big party. So it’s no surprise that Doctor Who and Children in Need coincide to regularly! With November being the event’s month of choice and Doctor Who celebrating its anniversary on November 23, you’re likely to see the classic sci-fi roll out something special for the charity.

Today marks the big day — for Children in Need, that is — in the UK, as the BBC and organizations across the country band together to raise money for the underprivileged children of England. To celebrate, join us for a look back at the many times Doctor Who has given a bit of itself for the cause.

 

1983 – The Five Doctors

The four-part serial was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Doctor Who — however, it originally ran as a 90-minute feature, and two days after the anniversary! The delay allowed it to coincide with 1983’s Children in Need telethon, which ran on November 25.

 

Dimensions in Time

In 1993, Doctor Who celebrated the Big 3-0 with a two-part story, Dimensions in Time. Not only was it a Children in Need special and an anniversary piece, it was also a crossover with popular UK soap opera EastEnders. The “plot” (such as it was) featured the Rani shunting the Doctor back and forth along his own timeline with various companions. Nowadays considered something of a conversation piece — if that — it doesn’t get much air time.

 

Born Again

Airing for Children in Need in 2005, Born Again featured David Tennant’s first extended scene as the Tenth Doctor, leading into The Christmas Invasion. The seven-minute episode gave us a chance to see Tennant interacting with Billie Piper, as well as a moment for fans new to the concept of regeneration to have a bit of reassurance before Christmas.

 

Time Crash

Featuring now in-laws David Tennant and Peter Davison, Time Crash was technically the new series’s first multi-Doctor jaunt. The Children in Need short aired in 2007, landing a skeptical Fifth Doctor in Tennie’s TARDIS as the former continued to mistake the latter for a rabid fan. (Well… he wasn’t completely wrong.) In the end, the light episode was a lovely referential piece, reminding fans of the special connection each has with “their” Doctor.

 

The Great Detective

One of the prequels released before 2012 special The Snowmen, The Great Detective reunited the now-famous Paternoster gang of A Good Man Goes to War. The second prequel aired closer to Christmas, with both setting up the scenario for the year’s Christmas special: the Eleventh Doctor had retired to Victorian England, and was now living atop a cloud. Little did we know how crucial the Paternoster Gang would become to the Doctor’s adventures!

 

Fantastic Beasts

Not strictly a Doctor Who special, but a cross Twelfth Doctor is one of Newt Scamander’s contacts as he calls through the BBC’s library trying to find Pudsey. Though 12’s impression of the adorable mascot is slightly more… uh. Bloodthirsty. Than the real thing.

 

This year’s telethon promises our first look at Twice Upon a Time, the Christmas special starring Peter Capaldi and David Bradley as the Twelfth and First Doctors. If, like us, you’re not in the UK, you can likely expect to catch it on YouTube later today.

And if you’re in the mood for a read, keep an eye out for Whoblique Strategies! The charity anthology mash-up features 70 writers (some of whom may be familiar to regular ReGen attendees) penning more than 275 pieces of flash fiction based on the series’s many episodes and Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards. Sales start November 23, with proceeds going (of course) to Children in Need. Look forward to it!


Want more chat about the history of Who with fellow fans? Register for (Re)Generation Who 2018! We’re welcoming Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez (Missy/the Master), Terry Molloy (Davros), John Leeson (K9), writer Paul Magrs, and many more to be announced! Register early for the best price, and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news!


16
Nov

BONUS Guest Announcement: The Return of Paul Magrs!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of John Leeson and the return of Colin Baker, we have one more guest to announce. Writer Paul Magrs will be joining us again for year 4!

Paul has made his mark all around the Whoniverse, from tie-ins to related media like Iris Wildthyme and Baker’s End. Most recently, he’s had stories in Doctor Who – Tales of Terror and the upcoming Missy Chronicles. And, together with returning guest Terry Molloy, he’s just released the picture book Montmorency Montgomery Bear: The Bear with the Ginormous Heart!

Those of you yet to pick up a copy will be able to find out more and perhaps get your own book at ReGen. And, of course, you’ll be able to find out about Paul’s recent projects and learn from him what it takes to bring your creations to life!

Register now to join us in March — and keep an eye out for more (yes, more!) guest announcements in future!


15
Nov

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: John Leeson (K9) and the Return of the Sixth Doctor!

(Re)Gen is excited to announce two more guests joining us for our 2018 event!

Firstly, we’re welcoming Ol’ Sixie himself, Colin Baker, back to Baltimore! Colin was one of our very first guests at our inaugural event, and it’s always a pleasure to have him join us. We can’t wait to show him around the new venue and introduce him to our growing family of attendees!

 

And new to our event is John Leeson, who was been the voice of K9 throughout multiple series and spinoffs of Doctor Who!

Colin and John will be joining Peter Davison, Michelle Gomez, Terry Molloy, and more still waiting in the wings to be announced! Want to meet them this March? Register now to get the best price for you and your family!


10
Nov

Sartorial Elegance: 13 Ways the Doctor’s Looked “A Bit Weird”

Jodie Whitaker’s new look as the 13th Doctor is out, and — well, people have opinions. Some love it and are churning out fanart, while others aren’t quite convinced yet. Regardless of opinion, it seems the Doctor’s new outfits have always raised a few eyebrows at first glance. Remember when these style choices were new and strange?

 

First Doctor: The Hair

 

William Hartnell’s Doctor dressed as one might expect a time-traveling genius to dress — but the hair was an addition to ramp up the character’s age a bit. Hartnell himself had a fairly sedate ‘do, with the wig complementing the look and adding to the fact that this old man of the universe was of indeterminate age and time period. Nowadays we’re used to it, but the series’s first star must have cut a strange figure to audiences when he first appeared on their screen.

 

Second Doctor: This Hat

There was no internet back in 1966 on which people could post regeneration hot takes, but this might have made the list. Troughton’s Doctor bounced back from regeneration with an affinity for hats, and claimed this crumpled stovepipe early on. But it fell out of favor, and he “lost” it within three serials.

 

Third Doctor: Your Granddad’s Clothes

With the Third Doctor, Doctor Who rocketed into an era of action, color, and LOTS AND LOTS OF SCIENCE. Jon Pertwee, literal secret agent and potential James Bond inspiration, made it cool for the Doctor to fight his own battles. And he did it all in a frilly shirt and velvet jacket. And sometimes a cape. And while his ensemble might be someone’s worst nightmare at a wedding reception, he made it look cool.

 

Fourth Doctor: An Accidental Scarf

The Fourth Doctor’s stripey, overlong scarf is a symbol of the show nowadays, to the point that you even have one in your closet. But the insane length was purely accidental, as the creator of said scarf wasn’t sure how long it was meant to be and just used up all the yarn she was given. Thus, the tall Bohemian was wrapped up in twelve feet (thirteen if you count the tassels) of muffler, which stretched significantly over the course of his tenure.

 

Fifth Doctor: Decorative Vegetable

The youngest actor (at the time) ever to play the role, Fifth Doctor Peter Davison was the picture of sunny English life decked out in cricket gear. That in itself isn’t terribly strange — for the Doctor it’s downright mundane — but tack on a leafy green and now we’re talking. In story terms, the odd accessory could allegedly detect Praxis gases or test airflow with its sensitive leaves. In aesthetic terms… it just looks a bit odd. And yet, three and a bit decades later, we wear our own when we cosplay.

Incidentally, you can always hit up Peter Davison for questions about his role, his personal dislike for celery, or anything else you fancy if you register for our event this March! He’ll be one of our many guests… with many more to be announced.

For now, onward!

 

Sixth Doctor: Just… Everything

All Colin Baker wanted was a dark, slimming ensemble. You know, the exact opposite of what he got. The completely nonsensical mishmash of colors, fabrics, and accessories is beloved(?) by fans now, but it’s still an odd mark on the history of the show’s costume department. But Colin got his own back once or twice: he always wears a cat pin on his lapel to show his love for cats, and later action figures and flash animations showed him in a far more austere, blue version of his suit. Nice.

 

Seventh Doctor: Question Marks All the Way Down

To be fair, the minute Machiavelli was full of secrets — so if anyone deserves a question mark motif, it’s Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor. But even with the Cartmel Masterplan underway and tiny tidbits of the Doctor’s back story leaking through, the question marks on the jumper and umbrella seem a bit much. Their presence on his lapels for regenerations prior is still a source of contention among harder-core fans, but at least they were (comparatively) subtle.

Then again, when he reappeared in the 1996 TV movie with something more sedate, people weren’t fond of that either. We’re just never happy, are we?

 

Eighth Doctor: The Hair. Again.

There seems to be a quiet undercurrent of Doctors and dealings with wigs (we won’t go into Matt Smith’s personal adventure… for now). Eighth Doctor Paul McGann notoriously did not get along with his movie coiffure, and fans also noticed that it didn’t seem quite as legit as his real hair. Truth is, he arrived at the audition with a full head of curls, then shaved them off for a role in Alien 3 once the casting department had fallen in love with the long-haired look. Fortunately, when he arrived again in Night of the Doctor, he was definitely there with his own hair.

 

War Doctor: The Hair???

There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to the late great John Hurt’s performance as the War Doctor. Though leading up to Day of the Doctor, many people were confused by Granddad’s little faux-hawk. An odd style choice? Maybe. But one that made absolutely no difference because we were all too busy having emotions.

 

Ninth Doctor: Too Normal

More proof that we’re never satisfied. When photos came out of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper as the Ninth Doctor and Rose, many fans were put off. Why? Because they looked “normal.” 9 in his leather jacket and combat boots didn’t ring the same bells as the Victorian gentlemen and cricketers and… whatever the hecks… of the past. But it only took a few moments for this Doctor’s personality to shine through, and his working-class look matched his persona perfectly.

 

Tenth Doctor: When He Just Changed Suits

If you ever want a good scrap, go to a party and ask who liked the blue suit. For some reason it’s extremely divisive. But that could be because, at least in the modern era, it was the first example of the Doctor just up and changing a major part of his costume prominently. The Ninth Doctor swapped jumpers occasionally, but the change from brown suit to blue signaled an era when the Doctor began sticking more to aesthetic than to specific articles of clothing.

 

Eleventh Doctor: We as a Fandom Are Obsessed with Hair

Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor brought bow ties back into style, and his fixation on hats became a running gag. But nothing hit the fandom quite as hard as his flippy hair. (Well, with the exception of his age, making him the youngest actor ever to play the Doctor). Showrunner Steven Moffat made an especial point of pointing out his love for Smith’s hair and wanting to preserve the look, and many were not pleased with the decision. Well, not until they saw him in action, anyway. So, floppy fringe is cool?

 

Twelfth Doctor: When He Was a Hobo for a Year

Peter Capaldi announced his Twelfth Doctor as being “100% Rebel Time Lord.” And with a look pulling largely from the 80s Scottish punk scene and David Bowie’s Thin White Duke character, that flew for quite a while. Eventually, though, he began changing up his wardrobe to integrate plaid pants, hoodies, and distressed vintage shirts — all while maintaining his brightly-lined Crombies, of course. The two looks have little in common, but both seem to suit the rebellious Gallifreyan.

 

As for how Whitaker wears her costume and what changes it goes through… we’ll just have to wait and see!

Want to hang out with more Whovians and discuss your favorite aspects of Doctor Who? Register for (Re)Generation Who now and join us in Baltimore this March! We’re welcoming Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, Michelle Gomez (Missy), Terry Molloy (Davros), and many more soon to be announced!


31
Oct

Happy Who-Loween! New branding, new guest, and new contest!

Is everyone having a super spooky Halloween? Stay safe today, whether you’re out partying, trick-or-treating, or staying in to watch BBC America’s Doctor Who marathon! They’re airing some of the series’s spookiest episodes, so be sure to tune in.

Oh, and if you’ve got any Who-ish costumes or decor tonight, show us! From now until Friday night, we’re asking for photos of your family’s Who-inspired Halloween costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations, or what have you. We’ll run our favorites in next week’s blog post!

If you want to share, you can hop over to our Facebook group or tag @ReGenerationWho on Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

But we’re not going to leave you without one last treat!

We’re very happy to announce a returning guest: Davros himself, Terry Molloy!

Terry has appeared at (Re)Gen since the beginning, bringing us everything from Classic era talk to workshops for aspiring actors to his, erm, “Dave Ross” Variety Hour. We can’t wait to welcome him back to Baltimore for more fun and entertainment… and, of course, he’ll be bringing along his cohort Monty to talk about their new book!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks: we have more guests to announce and more fun surprises to share! Don’t miss out — register now and get your ticket to the mid-Atlantic’s premiere Doctor Who party!


27
Oct

A Journey to Devil’s End

Fans of Classic Who will remember the Third Doctor episode The Dæmons, which featured the Time Lord and his old foe the Master in a small town called Devil’s End. But did you know you can actually visit Devil’s End? It exists — under another name, of course — and they’re very welcoming to Doctor Who fans who journey there.

It’s not actually called “Devil’s End,” of course, but Aldbourne. The village in Wiltshire has a population of less than 2,000, and is a beautiful place to visit in its own right. There are two pubs, one with a friendly old dog named Kali who keeps an eye on visitors. The same pub has a familiar-looking customer out front.

Press the button, and you’ll hear an impressive tirade about the Daleks’ plan to conquer Aldbourne. Don’t worry, though, it won’t actually do anything. It is, however, a functioning rubbish bin with a plate for stubbing out cigarettes on top.

Go farther into the village and you’ll see many more spots of note from the story. But the most notable is likely the other pub — the Blue Boar, renamed in the story as the Cloven Hoof.

And yes, that sign is really outside (albeit off to the side) in case you want a photo op!

The interior of the Blue Boar is a cozy place for food and drinks. Go into the back, and you’ll see some flyers from the early days of Doctor Who fandom. Unsurprisingly, it became a gathering spot for fans, and occasionally for the actors themselves!

If you’d like to learn more about the village, be sure to visit The Aldbourne Net, or look up The Aldbourne Archive on Facebook for photos of the village’s history!

Want to learn more about the history of Doctor Who and cool sightseeing locations? Our guests and panelists have you covered! Register now to join us this March and meet Who faves Peter Davison, Michelle Gomez, and many more to be announced soon!


03
Oct

Baker’s End Continues… And Not a Moment Too Soon!

The Bafflegab audio series Baker’s End features a number of (Re)Gen family: penned by Paul Magrs and starring Tom Baker and Katy Manning, the fantastical three-episode story saw Tom “reborn” as the King of Cats, solving mysteries around the tiny town of Happenstance.

But regeneration comes for us all in the end, and the new face of the show will see a very different Baker taking the stage — Old Sixie himself and one of (Re)Gen’s very first guests, Colin Baker!

The fourth episode of the ongoing series sees Colin Baker as himself (well… a version of himself) taking up the mantle of the lord of Baker’s End. Colin teams up with companion Susie (played by Katy Manning) to uncover the source of a mysterious virus making its way through Happenstance. And it’s not just the pox; the town is also plagued with giant rats! Will the magnificent King of Cats be back on his feet in time to save the day?

You can find out this Friday when The Happenstance Pox goes live. Preorder now from Bafflegab and you’ll be among the first to hear the new episode!


26
Sep

WRITER SPOTLIGHT: Grab the Latest from (Re)Gen Guests!

If you’ve loved seeing our guests at (Re)Gens past, why not continue to support them throughout the year? Many of our fans’ faves have big books coming out soon. Here’s a quick run-down of a few and where you can get them!

 

Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles

If you’ve not gotten your fill of Michelle Gomez’s Missy, never fear: a new collection of short stories is on its way! (Re)Gen 3 guest Paul Magrs pens a story, alongside James Goss, Jacqueline Raynor, Cavan Scott, and many others! Preorder your copy now for release in February 2018!

 

Doctor Who: Tales of Terror

Speaking of Paul, he also shows up in this spooky collection, available just in time for Halloween! Mike Tucker, Scott Handcock, and more also throw in on the twelve creepy stories, each starring a different incarnation of the Doctor. Buy your copy now!

 

Wychwood

A spooky new release from George Mann, this book combines detective fiction with the occult. The UK printing appears to already be sold out — but good news, Americans! You can still grab yours (with a different cover design) from Amazon.com. Pick up your copy now!

 

Seasons of War: Gallifrey

Not by our guests… but featuring two of (Re)Gen’s own staff! A new addition to the charity anthology series Seasons of War, this stand-alone book features four new characters connected (and disconnected) by the Time War. WhatCulture and Black Archive contributor Paul Driscoll teams up with (Re)Gen social media director Kara Dennison to pen the work, with cover art by our own graphic designer Ginger Hoesly. Visit the Seasons of War Facebook page to preorder!

 

Montmorency Montgomery Bear: The Bear with the Ginormous Heart

We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind our fans about Terry, Paul, and Monty’s new picture book! (And we’ll admit a tiny bit of pride, as Terry and Paul met at ReGen 3, so that makes us — godparent to the book, perhaps?) The book is now on sale, so order your copy!

 

We’ll be announcing writer and creative guests before long! Are there some favorites you’d like to see return? Any writers, directors, or others you’d like to see welcomed to the (Re)Gen family? Use our suggestion form to let us know! Many of our guests were invited because of suggestions from fans like you.

And don’t forget to register and reserve your room ASAP so you’re assured a spot at Baltimore’s favorite Doctor Who party!


20
Sep

GUEST NEWS: Pearl Mackie to Miss (Re)Gen, Appear at the West End

We at Onezumi Events always have mixed feelings when a guest has to step down. On the one hand, we’re obviously quite disappointed we won’t get to welcome them to Baltimore with our usual (Re)Gen hospitality, and we know how disappointed our attendees will be. On the other, the cancellations are often for a career move that’s going to be good news for the actor — which we, of course, always support.

Those of you following actor news probably noticed already that Pearl Mackie is signed on to appear in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party during (Re)Gen’s 2018 dates. Despite working with her agents to clear some free time during the run, we’re sad to say that the conflict cannot be gotten around, and thus Pearl will not be appearing for year 4.

Refunds will be offered for any pre-purchased autographs/photo-ops, and we hope to be announcing more guests in future.

In the meantime, we’re hoping to be able to tell you more about Pearl’s upcoming appearance as it approaches! She’ll be appearing alongside fellow Doctor Who alums Zoe Wanamaker and Toby Jones, as well as Episodes star Stephen Mangan, at the Harold Pinter Theater (appropriately enough).  For now, check out this BBC interview where she talks about the play, her future career plans, and her opinions of Doctor Who going forward.


15
Sep

Love (Re)Gen? Join Our Street Team!

Going to a con (besides ReGen) this year? Want to help spread the word about our big Doctor Who party? Join our street team!

A good portion of our attendance comes from word of mouth — fans like you telling other fans about what a great time you had. But you don’t have to go out and paper the town to help us (you totally can, but you don’t have to). If you’re going to a convention this year before ReGen, especially (but not only) if it’s in the mid-Atlantic area, let us know and we’ll mail you a box of flyers! Drop them on the flyer/giveaway table

Just send an email to contact @ regenerationwho . com with your mailing address to get started. And if you take a photo of yourself putting out the flyers, we might share it on our social media!

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