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First official Dr Who con... in Wales

11/11/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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BBC Worldwide are going to mount and run the first ever official Doctor Who Convention since the series’ regeneration in 2005. The event will take place on the 24th and 25th March 2012 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales - the current home of the show.

There are only 1500 tickets available for each of the days – the programme is the same on each day. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and other members from the cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who Producer Marcus Wilson and the Millennium FX team.

The programme will include theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions show-casing the script to screen process; discussions with episode directors and writers and demonstrations from Special FX and prosthetics experts that will illustrate the challenges and scale of their work on the world’s longest running sci-fi show.



Autograph and photo opportunities will also be available with attending cast members and there will be official Doctor Who merchandise and collectables on sale.

Convention attendees will be let into the secrets of Doctor Who special effects as Danny Hargreaves and his team, reveal the tricks used to create the physical effects. Fans will be able to them stage a Dr Who battle scene with live pyrotechnics, explosions and laser effects.

Tricks of the trade will also be unveiled by the Millennium FX team responsible for creating some of Doctor Who’s enemies, including the Silence; the Silurians; the Weeping Angels and the Ood. The team will be giving a live demonstration of the process involved in prosthetics application that fans can watch up-close and learn from the team how each stage is achieved.

The Millennium Centre itself has starred in several episodes – it was the setting for a hospital in New Earth in Series 2 run by the cat-like Sisters of Plentitude, in Tom McRae’s episode The Girl Who Waited in Series 6 the building featured as a principle location on Apalapucia – the kindness facility where people were quarantined, see if you can spot the top floor balcony where Amy fought with a Handbot!

Matt Smith told SFcrowsnest, “It’s brilliant that the first official convention is being held in Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who. I’m really looking forward to seeing the fans there, and remember – bow ties are cool!”

Steven Moffat added, “A whole weekend dedicated to all things Doctor Who, brilliant! We’re going to be celebrating the whole team behind the show, people who bring to life the Doctor's craziest adventures and letting fans into some of our trade secrets. If you want to get under the skin of Doctor Who this is an unmissable event!”

Tickets are priced £99 will go on general sale on November 14th 2011 from 9am from: www.dwconvention.com.

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