CON NEWS: The Valeyard Invades (Re)Gen!

The Rail Yard, the Scrap Yard, the Knacker’s Yard… whatever you call him, he’s coming to (Re)Gen 4! Michael Jayston has played the Doctor’s extremely personal nemesis both on television and for Big Finish, and he’ll be appearing alongside Sixth Doctor Colin Baker in Baltimore this year.

Michael will also be joining Peter Davison, Michelle Gomez, Rachel Talalay, and many more for our fourth event in March of 2018! Register now for the best price on a ticket, and full access to panels, interviews, and more fun Whovian events!


CON NEWS: Matthew Waterhouse and Jason Haigh-Ellery Join (Re)Gen 4!

We’ve got a big list of guests to announce that we’re still working away at, but today we can officially spread the word on two of them!

First, welcome director and producer Jason Haigh-Ellery back to Baltimore! He’ll be on site representing Big Finish to talk about their latest projects and releases.

And a new edition to the (Re)Gen family: Matthew Waterhouse, who played the role of Adric! He’ll be joining previously announced guests Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton as part of our representation of the Fifth Doctor era. We can’t wait to meet him and welcome him to the Onezumi Events family!

These two will be joining the aforementioned, as well as Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, Rachel Talalay, Paul Magrs, and many more still to be announced. Want to meet all your Doctor Who favorites in Baltimore? Register now and get the best price for you and your family!


CON NEWS: Comic Artist Simon Fraser Comes to (Re)Gen!

One of the biggest pieces of feedback we get at (Re)Gen is that you guys love appearances from the creatives connected to the expanded worlds of the show. We love bringing in writers, artists, performers, and other creatives from all over the wide world of Who. So we’re very happy to be bringing back comic artist Simon Fraser!

In addition to Doctor Who titles for Titan Comics, Simon has also worked on Judge Dredd, Nikolai Dante, and new Kingsman titles. You’ll be able to meet him on panels and at his table this March to talk comics, sci-fi, and the creative process!

Simon will be joining more creatives like Paul Magrs and Rachel Talalay, as well as actors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, and more. Register now to get the best price for this spring’s fourth year!


CON NEWS: Three Classic Guests Join (Re)Gen in Baltimore!

We promised you more guests “soon” — and we meant it! We’re always excited to welcome new people to the Onezumi Events family, and our next group of guests is a trio of Classic series companions from two eras of the show! And if you’re looking forward to this Christmas’s Twice Upon a Time, you’ll definitely be interested in our new additions.

First up, please welcome Sarah Sutton to (Re)Gen! Sarah appeared as Nyssa of Traken during the Fifth Doctor’s run and again in Big Finish’s run of audio dramas, and will be reunited with Peter Davison at our event!

Next, William Russell, known to fans as First Doctor companion Ian Chesterton! William has also popped in on An Adventure in Space and Time, and continues to be beloved by the fandom. We can’t wait to reminisce with him about the early days of the show! And speaking of the First Doctor…

We’ll also be joined by Carole Ann Ford, Susan Foreman and the Doctor’s very first companion! We’ve been looking forward to bringing her to (Re)Gen for quite a while now, and are happy to say that she’ll be on hand for our fourth year.

Sarah, William, and Carole will be joining Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, and many more Doctor Who creatives from in front of and behind the camera this March. Register now to join us (and them!) for a weekend of panels, interviews, shows, parties, and a few things even we can’t predict! Registering now ensures the best price for you and your family.

And, as always, keep your ear to the ground. We have plenty more surprises coming between now and the event!


CON NEWS: Director Rachel Talalay Comes to (Re)Gen 4!

Fantastic (and timely!) news for Whovians — director Rachel Talalay will officially be returning to Onezumi Events for an appearance at (Re)Gen 4!

Rachel was first with us for Intervention 7, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her back. She’s directed all of the Twelfth Doctor’s finale stories — Dark Water/Death in Heaven, Heaven Sent/Hell Bent, and World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls — and will be seeing out Capaldi’s run as the director of this Christmas’s Twice Upon a Time.

Her work extends well beyond the Whoniverse, with work on Sherlock, Supernatural, Riverdale, The Flash, Haven, and many others — including cult classic Tank Girl. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss her varied career at our panels!

Want to meet Rachel this spring? Register now to get the best price for (Re)Gen! Other guests include Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, and many more still to be announced.


Happy Birthday, Doctor Who! A Few 54th Anniversary Celebrations

As (Re)Gen is based in the US, several of our team (and most of our attendees) were a bit preoccupied with, er, “Christmas rehearsal” yesterday. While November 23 marked Thanksgiving this year, it was also the 54th anniversary of Doctor Who! There’s nothing wrong with a belated celebration… so here are a few of our favorite dedications, writings, and gifts from guests past and future:


Tom Baker’s Doctor Who Day Video

The self-proclaimed “happiest Doctor” sends the fans a cheerful message. Attendees of our first year will remember that Tom tuned in via Skype to answer attendee questions. We’re always happy to see his smiling face!


Oh, Doctor Who – Paul Magrs

Writer and artist Paul Magrs looks back on his time with the show, and how it’s changed from childhood to adulthood. Like many of us, his life has changed hugely because of this little sci-fi series. And he looks backs on discussions with Tom Baker, Katy Manning, and many others who have been a part of that journey.


Peri’s Birthday Tweet – Nicola Bryant

One of our first ever guests, Nicola gives thanks from our side of the pond for Who and the lovely people surrounding it. The feeling is mutual!


A Double Birthday! – Michelle Gomez

We’re wondering how the Doctor would feel to know that his greatest frenemy shares a birthday with his big show. Regardless, November 23 was a day of many celebrations for Michelle Gomez, being her birthday as well! Happy birthday, Michelle!


And, of course, it bears mentioning that November 23 is canonically the birthday of Clara Oswald — whose actress, Jenna Coleman, sadly couldn’t join us this year due to queenly duties on the Victoria set. We hope we’ll be able to welcome her in future years.

We’d love to hear how you celebrated your Doctor Who Day! Be sure to hit us up on our official Twitter or Facebook to get chatting.

Want to meet some of these awesome people and chat with fellow fans? Come to (Re)Generation 4 next March in Baltimore! We’ll be hosting Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Michelle Gomez, and many more to be announced. Register now to get the best prices for you and your family!


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!


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!


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!


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!

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