16
Aug

Intervention 2016: (Re)Gen’s sister con features Arthur Darvill and more!

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Can’t wait ’til March for (Re)Gen 3? You don’t have to! Our sister event, Intervention, is bringing lots of Whovian goodness to its guest list next month, along with other guests from all over the sci-fi spectrum.

Started in 2010, Intervention is Onezumi Events’ first con, and created the template for what (Re)Gen would become. It emphasizes a welcoming, family-friendly community, quality programming, actual quality time with awesome guests, and a spotlight on local creators. Everything you love about (Re)Gen started at Intervention, and it’s still going strong!

Last year, Intervention brought (Re)Gen guest Terry Molloy to teach a three-part version of his voice acting master class. This year, we’re bridging the gap again, with Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams, Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow) in attendance. Also joining us will be Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Juliet Landau (who plays a new incarnation of Romana in the Big Finish audios), and Who book tie-in writers John Peel and Keith DeCandido!

There will be plenty more surprises for Whovians over the weekend, as well as appearances from Star Trek actors René Auberjonois and Dwight SchultzFarscape‘s Gigi Edgley, and a special one-night speaking appearance from musician and professor Thomas Dolby!

Weekend passes are only $60 until September 2, with single-day passes and VIP options also available. Don’t miss all the Whovian fun at OE’s original event! Register now!

(Re)Generation Who is a 3 day Doctor Who convention in Baltimore, MD this March 24-26, 2017.

Guests will include a spread of Classic and New Doctor Who celebrities and creators.

Tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at door for adults and $20 for children. Click here to get more info.


21
Jul

REVIEW: “Baker’s End” Episode 1

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What do you get when you combine Tom Baker, a snowy village, twerking old ladies, a creaky dragon, a garden full of books, and a cat costume?

I’m not entire sure, but I really like it.

Baker’s End is the latest audio production penned by Paul Magrs, writer of many Doctor Who books and audios and the creator of Iris Wildthyme. Conceived of between the writer and Tom Baker, it’s the role of a lifetime for the latter: himself. Though ‘lifetime’ may be the wrong word, as the whole thing kicks off at his funeral in the tiny town of Happenstance.

(Re)Gen 3 guest Katy Manning plays Suzy Goshawk, one-time costar of Tom’s and the narrator of our story. She comes to Happenstance at Christmastime to attend Tom’s funeral, which is happening under strange circumstances. Firstly, there’s the fact that he was acting a bit paranoid on the con circuit shortly before his demise. Secondly, there’s the demise itself — or, rather, the fact that no one can seem to agree on how it occurred. With no way to leave Happenstance in the midst of a heavy Christmas snowfall, Suzy stays at Baker’s End to investigate. And her investigation leads to some downright supernatural discoveries, including goblins, doppelgangers, and the King of Cats.

The extraordinary King of Cats, as drawn by the writer.

The extraordinary King of Cats, as drawn by the writer.

I hesitate to give too much away, even though this is just the first episode, as there are many things that need to be heard for oneself. It probably goes without saying that not all is as it seems at Baker’s End, or our title character wouldn’t have nearly as much involvement as is being advertised. But what, how, and why should really be experienced first hand.

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Writer Paul Magrs with Tom Baker

 

Magrs is at his most surreal with this script, and it suits Tom down to the ground. 50% of his dialogue is Wonderlandian babble, and one almost thinks this must be the way he actually talks because the calloohs and callays are delivered with such joy and sincerity. Manning as Suzy is our tenuous foothold in reality — the companion, of course — even as we feel her (and ourselves) more and more ready to just throw ourselves into the insanity of it. The rest of the cast, from the logical vicar to the laser-bosomed ladies of the town (yes, you read that right), are a colourful assortment of characters who give reassurance that Happenstance has plenty more stories to tell.

The end result is dangerously whimsical like an out-of-control merry-go-round, simultaneously fanciful and dark like a children’s story revisited decades later. There are enough cheeky Who references in it to suit any fan, but this is not the story of Tom Baker the Fourth Doctor. It’s the story of Tom Baker the person, the delighter in the macabre, playing a fictional version of himself who feels strikingly believable.

Will Baker’s End be for everyone? Maybe not. It is a dive nose-first into weirdness, which can be quite divisive, and plays with some relatively dark (and occasionally adult) subject matter. But if you enjoy Magrs’s other work, and if you’re a fan of Baker’s own independent work (such as The Boy Who Kicked Pigs), this is probably something you’ll want in your life. The first episode was an hour long and worth every second of listening time. I’ve no idea where it’s going to go from here, but I can’t wait to find out.

The first episode of Baker’s End, ‘The King of Cats,’ will be released on September 2, 2016. You can preorder it now from Bafflegab Productions.

(Re)Generation Who is a 3 day Doctor Who convention in Baltimore, MD this March 24-26, 2017.

Guests will include a spread of Classic and New Doctor Who celebrities and creators.

Tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at door for adults and $20 for children. Click here to get more info.


19
Jul

REVIEW: “Unofficial Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists” by Cameron K. McEwan

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Whovians are, among many other things, lovers of trivia. And a show with over half a century of content across every possible medium known to fan is going to have opportunities for a lot of minutiae. Chronicling every corner of it is a difficult job that some have already undertaken and few will ever commit to memory — but if you’re a ‘fact fan’ in the mood for some fun and random knowledge, Cameron K. McEwan’s Big Book of Lists is probably just your speed.

If McEwan’s name sounds familiar, it probably should: he’s the creator of Blogtor Who, and has since moved on to work for BBC Worldwide. The Big Book of Lists catalogs his vast knowledge of the Whoniverse into (as the title suggests) 100 lists, categorized by theme. But if you’re expecting simple, straightforward facts, you’ll be surprised — pleasantly so, though, I think.

While the book does cover basic facts like who the longest-serving writers were and how old each Doctor was when he took the role, the majority of the lists cover things you wanted to know (and have probably argued with your friends) but probably forgot you’d wondered about. Comprehensive lists of pop song usage, catchphrases, actors who have appeared in both Star Wars and Doctor Who, and even dinosaur appearances are the sorts of things that make up most of this book.

The book also digs deep into things you didn’t know you wanted to know. How heavily Agatha Christie referential was ‘The Unicorn and the Wasp’? (Very.) How many real people have made cameos as themselves over the course of the show’s run? (More than you think.) What shows does Who reference, and vice-versa? (Again… more than you think.)

There’s also a great deal of subjectivity in this book, but it’s a pleasant subjectivity overall. Things like underappreciated episodes and saddest companion exits may not mesh completely with everyone’s personal opinions, but they come from a place of genuine appreciation and may even make you give some episodes a second look. Also, you can’t argue with four of the final lists: multiple reasons to love the 21st century Doctors.

The final chapter of the book, though in list form, is actually a quiz. (Don’t worry, the answers are in the back.) So you can test your own Who knowledge against the Blogtor!

I read The Big Book of Lists cover to cover (as a reviewer will tend to do), but it’s really best suited to flipping through for fun. Add in fabulous art by video and Target novel cover artist Andrew Skilleter, and it’s perfect for any Whovian’s coffee table. If there’s still room between your LEGO Dimensions setup and DVD boxes, that is. Or maybe that’s just my coffee table.

Unofficial Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists is currently available to buy from Amazon.

(Re)Generation Who is a 3 day Doctor Who convention in Baltimore, MD this March 24-26, 2017.

Guests will include a spread of Classic and New Doctor Who celebrities and creators.

Tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at door for adults and $20 for children. Click here to get more info.


18
Jul

Shore Leave 2016!

Our team has just gotten back from Shore Leave at the Hunt Valley Inn, and we had a great time! Thanks to everyone who came by to chat and registered for both (Re)Gen and our September event, Intervention!

We grabbed a few photos of the awesome Whovians who came by. Here are some of them!

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We also saw lots of other cool costumes that might be of interest to Intervention-goers. This year’s event will have a heavy Star Trek influence (with guests including René Auberjonois, Dwight Schultz, Todd Haberkorn of Star Trek Continues, and writer David Gerrold), with appearances from Gigi Edgley of Farscape, Robert Axelrod of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and a few more we have yet to announce!

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Our next major event appearance is… well, Intervention itself! We hope to see lots of you there!

(Re)Generation Who is a 3 day Doctor Who convention in Baltimore, MD this March 24-26, 2017.

Guests will include a spread of Classic and New Doctor Who celebrities and creators.

Tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at door for adults and $20 for children. Click here to get more info.


30
Jun

Seasons of War: Raising money for disabled children in the UK

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Much like the Doctor himself, the Doctor Who fandom is always finding new ways to solve problems in the world. Thanks to the fans, a variety of charity anthologies have come out to raise money for a variety of charities. And for War Doctor fans, Seasons of War is a chance not only to see more about the Doctor’s lost regeneration, but also an opportunity to help less fortunate children in the UK.

Headed up by screenwriter Declan May and published by Chinbeard Books, the Seasons of War anthology contains stories by familiar names like George Mann, Gary Russell, Jenny Colgan, and (Re)Gen’s own John Peel. So far, the anthology has raised thousands of pounds for Cauldwell Children, a charity providing services and equipment to disabled children and their families in the UK. And starting tomorrow, you can grab a copy for yourself!

Preorders will open tomorrow, July 1st, at noon GMT. So be sure to check out the Chinbeard Shop to grab your copy while you can!

 

 

(Re)Generation Who is a 3 day Doctor Who convention in Baltimore, MD this March 24-26, 2017.

Guests will include a spread of Classic and New Doctor Who celebrities and creators.

Tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at door for adults and $20 for children. Click here to get more info.

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