25
Jan

Remembering John Hurt One Year Later

A year ago today, the words “Doctor down” spread across our attendees’ and staffers’ social media. Sir John Hurt, an acclaimed actor in so many worlds of fiction, had ended his battle with cancer.

As with any news we hear, we all raced to check. Surely it was a prank, or someone had gotten a bit of news wrong. Surely memories of him were surfacing all over Twitter because it was just his birthday recently, not because the world had lost him. The confirmation came quickly, and the loss was acute.

The staff of (Re)Gen comes from a broad variety of backgrounds. For many of us, Hurt comes from the world of Harry Potter or Merlin first and foremost; for others, Alien (or even Spaceballs) was our first encounter. Caligula, the Elephant Man, the Storyteller… there are likely as many gateways to his work as their are staff members for the event. Many of our guests, too, remember him from his work — in some cases as a friend and a peer.

But for many — especially the children among our attendees — the War Doctor is his most memorable turn. He played a difficult role in so many ways. In a purely “entertainment business” context, he was a stopgap for a missing actor. To fans with their hearts in the show, he was something very new: a one-shot iteration of a character whose other iterations are carefully documented and numbered and speculated on. And for the show as a whole? He was the final link we’d been missing between the two eras of our favorite piece of television.

Hurt may have only been a part of the Doctor Who televisual universe for a brief time, but his impact has been unmistakable. And the role may only be a drop in the bucket of a massive and genre-spanning career, but it’s meant so much to all of us.

We miss you, Sir John. We wish we’d had the chance to thank you in person for all you do.


29
Dec

Are You a Creator? Join Us in Our Vendor Room and Artist Alley!

Do you make Doctor Who themed creations you’d like to sell? We’d love to have you in our Vendor Room or Artist Alley!

Our Vendor Room is a great place for people with large or heavy spreads — jewelry, costume makers, even store fronts for comic and geek shops! $450 gets you a 10×10 spot in a room that’s locked securely overnight, as well as two badges for the event.

Our Artist Alley is out in our atrium right in the flow of people, and is perfect for smaller indie creators. If you sell comics, prints, books, crafts, or the like, you can grab a 6×2.5 table for $150 — and that includes a badge. (Note that Artist Alley tables are not in a lockable area, so use your best judgment when leaving your table for the evening.

Both areas are situated on the way to the guests’ autograph tables, so you’ll be sure to get several good crowds moving through.

While we prefer that you have things that will appeal to Doctor Who fans available in your store, we don’t require you to have solely Who merch. So don’t worry if you couldn’t fill an entire table or stall with your Who stuff. As long as you have at least a few things that will appeal to fans, you’re more than welcome to apply!

>> Apply for Vendors Room here

>> Apply for Artist Alley here

And if you’ve got a shop of any sort, whether you’re vending or not, consider buying some advertising on our site or in our program book! It’s yet another way to catch the eyes of our attendees, since they’ll always have their program on them!


Not a vendor or artist? We’d still love to see you at (Re)Gen 4! Register now to get our best price, and to meet Doctor Who faves like Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Rachel Talalay, Michelle Gomez, Nicola Bryant, and many more! And be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get all our big news as it drops!


22
Dec

Always the Doctor: A Sidecar for Regeneration

For many Whovians (us amongst them!), this Christmas is going to be a difficult time. We’ll be saying goodbye to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. On the one hand, this means welcoming Jodie Whittaker to the TARDIS for a whole new series of adventures. On the other, losing a Doctor is never easy. And for many of our ReGenerators (including the kids!), this may be their first time witnessing a regeneration.

At our first event, Tom Baker said in his interview that once you’re the Doctor, you always are. And while it’s hard to believe when the actor is no longer on your screens on a regular basis, it’s very true. To that end, we’ve come up with some happy reminders that even though it’s The End in one way, “Doctor” is a lifelong career.

 

William Hartnell

Sadly, Hartnell was already in poor health when he ended his run on Doctor Who. And his appearance in “The Three Doctors” was limited for this reason. But even with his health limiting his ability to go forward, his legacy lives on — he notably predicted the show’s long run when others doubted it.

 

Patrick Troughton

Troughton returned to the role of the Second Doctor three times: in “The Three Doctors,” “The Five Doctors,” and then with (Re)Gen guest Colin Baker for “The Two Doctors,” along with his cohort Frazer Hines as Jamie.

 

Jon Pertwee

 

Pertwee returned for “The Five Doctors” and “Dimensions in Time,” but he also took a step only one other Doctor has since: he appeared as his incarnation in a fan film! The fan-created Devious was created to bridge the gap between “The War Games” and “Spearhead from Space.” The BBC released a mini-edit of it, and some of Pertwee’s dialogue was repurposed for the Big Finish Eighth Doctor release “Zagreus.”

 

Tom Baker

Originally, Tom wasn’t too keen on returning to show (hence his conspicuous absence from “The Five Doctors” and the waxwork in its photo ops). But as time went on, he began coming back more and more. He’s appeared in multiple remakes and reassemblings of the ill-fated “Shada,” popped in for “Dimensions in time,” returned to the role via Big Finish, and even played a Doctor-y fictional version of himself in Baker’s End. And, of course, we can’t forget the Curator in “Day of the Doctor”!

 

Peter Davison

(Re)Gen 4 guest Peter Davison may have left the role in 1984, but he’s continued to be a Doctor Who ambassador. He reunited cast members old and new for his 50th anniversary piece The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, hosted BBC America documentaries leading up to the 12th Doctor’s premiere, and was on hand when Peter Capaldi was announced in the role. Between that and his reappearance as the Fifth Doctor via “Time Crash” and Big Finish audios, he’s definitely taken on the role as a lifelong job.

 

Colin Baker

Colin’s appearance at (Re)Gen 4 will make his third at the con, and we’re not the only place he’s continuing to support Doctor Who. He also appeared in Five(ish) and continues with Big Finish. Not only that — he’s taken up the mantle of the resident Baker at Baker’s End… via regeneration, of course! He’s also appeared on Top Gear to race around their track against a rogues’ gallery of sci-fi monsters.

 

Sylvester McCoy

Sylv also shored up in Five(ish) and “Dimensions in Time,” but he’s done something that only one other person on our list has done. That’s right: appear as his Doctor in a fan film! The serial “Gene Genius” featured Sylv as the Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace. And, lest we forget, he also appeared in the parody Do You Have a License to Save This Planet? as the Foot Doctor. Who is not the Doctor in any way. Nope.

 

Paul McGann

Paul once called himself the George Lazenby of Doctor Who, and for a long time it seemed his involvement with the series was over. Fortunately, he continues to return in Big Finish audios. And he showed up twice during the 50th anniversary: once (albeit briefly) in Five(ish), and once for his regeneration in the surprise YouTube extra “Night of the Doctor.”

 

Christopher Eccleston

Sadly, we may never see Chris return to Doctor Who proper. But even with that proviso in place, he loves the fans and has been happy to chat with them when he meets them. And it’s great to know that he still appreciates the love from the fans, no matter what!

 

David Tennant

Of course, David returned for “Day of the Doctor,” as well as a brief stint in Five(ish) as an accomplice. In his time since then, he’s stepped in for a few more jaunts with Big Finish. Oh, and he’s made appearances in a few convention videos made by his father-in-law.

 

Matt Smith

It’s only been one era of Who since Matt left, and he’s been working busily away on series like The Crown. But given his recent convention appearances — and the fact that he had some choice (joking) words about the Twelfth Doctor spending time with “his” wife — it’s clear he still has a soft spot for the role. Plus, he left us with important words to remember when an actor leaves the role: he’s the Doctor, and he always will be.


We’ll be into the era of Thirteen when (Re)Gen 4 goes up in Baltimore this March — but we’re looking back and forward! We’ll be welcoming Fifth and Sixth Doctors Peter Davison and Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez and Rachel Talalay of the Twelfth Doctor’s era, and many more companions and creatives from all across the Whoniverse!

Register now to get the best price for passes for you and your family — and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!


20
Dec

Calling All ReGenerators: Help a Fellow “Doctor Who” Fan!

We at Onezumi Events are, at our core, running events that help others grow, learn, and live. And when one of our own (because you’re all our family!) needs help, we step up where we can. And, best of all, so do the rest of our ReGenerators!

One of our attendees, Stacie, has had to have her 2018 pass refunded due to the cost (both financial and physical) of chemo. Our con chair is paying for her ticket to the event herself — and should she not be able to make it, we will be sending her a care package from the con.

Stacie has made a statement concerning the event and others’ desire to help her:

 

I’m still blown away by all this….thank you.
My Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/stacie.johnson.75 it’s just my personal one but if people are interested or want to ask me questions I don’t mind! Please share.

My PayPal is medic15057@gmail.com. And I actually do have a p.o. box myself since my father dislikes my mail coming to the house lol. He’s used to not getting any mail and my moving home provided an influx of hospital bills. Its…
Stacie Johnson
PO box 45
Tallmadge Ohio 44278

Again I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you! Ive prayed for a miracle and I think I found it. You are amazing and your heart and the heart of all the others getting involved is just so overwhelming.
Blessings on you and everyone!
-Stacie

 

 

Again, you can contact her via her Facebook profile, donate to her GoFundMe, or send support via her PayPal or P.O. Box (shown above).

Thank you all so much for continuing to embody the messages of love, support, and compassion in both Doctor Who and Onezumi Events. We will keep you posted!


16
Aug

Shake It up with Dominic Glynn’s “Happiness Patrol” Remixes!

If you were at (Re)Gen 2, you remember composer Dominic Glynn’s awesome Saturday night concert! For those who missed it, just know that Glynn is behind some of the iconic music from 80s-era Doctor Who. Nowadays, his tunes can be heard all over television, but he also takes time to re-release and remix some of his Who classics. His next set, The Happiness Patrol Remixes, comes out next month!

The Happiness Patrol is iconic for its political commentary, candy-like monster, and (of course) the pink TARDIS. The original soundtrack, a mix of electronics and blues music, featured Adam “Tidy” Burney on harmonica. That might not sound like the kind of thing you’d be getting down to in a nightclub, but it will be when Glynn is through with it!

The Happiness Patrol Remixes takes elements of the original soundtrack and mashes them up with modern electronica to create “the music the coolest Timelords would be shaking their thing to…” So if you’re looking for something to dance to and want to show love for your favorite show (and the creatives behind it), grab a copy!

Preorders open August 28, with a release date of September 18. Albums will be digital only, available from iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon, Juno Records and all digital music retailers. Keep an eye out on dominic-glynn.com, and check out more of his tunes on SoundCloud!

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