Who Con 2018


SD Who Con 

October 19-21, 2018



A word from Doc Phineas

What’s new? Early September, 2018

Let’s get hip Whovians! SD Who Con is hosting their annual convention October 19-21, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel. This year’s theme is 1950’s Rock & Roll inspired “Doc Around the Clock.” The Executive Committee is delighted to provide you with the following updates to the convention:


As mentioned in previous updates, SD Who Con has received permission from Big Finish and the BBC to air portions of Big Finish audio dramas at the convention. Not satisfied with just airing these audio dramas, SD Who Con, in conjunction with IntelleXual Entertainment Group, we will be presenting a live Reader’s Theater of the Big Finish audio drama, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, on Friday night of the convention!

If you are unfamiliar with a Reader’s Theater production, live actors will play the parts of the characters in the story. The Spectre of Lanyon Moor is a Sixth Doctor story, and also stars Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and a number other well-known Sixth Doctor companions from other audio dramas. This story also has a spooky-Halloween theme which will be perfect for the time of year. So please join us for this wonderful one-time event!


SD Who Con is proud to announce that members of the Fleet Science Center will be joining our activities during the convention! They will participate in panels, children’s activities and other aspects of the convention. As we finish coordinating their participation, we will announce additional activities they will be a part of in future Who Con updates.


SD Who Con reached out to numerous educational institutions throughout the region during the past few months, and we are happy to announce that several professors and students from local colleges and universities will be presenting panels at this year’s convention! We’ve designated Friday as our “Science Fair Day” and a number of science panels that relate back to Doctor Who will be occurring that day. So please join us for actual science but with a Doctor Who twist, and prepare to learn how some of this “Timey-Wimey” stuff really works!


For the youngest attendees, the programming staff is putting together a track of children’s activities during the three days of the convention. Activities will all be located in the Club Room and include: 1) table games, 2) cosplay theater games, 3) arts & crafts, 4) story-time events, 5) puppet making, 6) kid-focused panels, 7) kid-friendly fan films, 8) cookie and snack making events, 9) a cosplay contest and 10) games for the whole family. So please bring them so they can enjoy a day, or two, or three of fun activities!


At the start of August, SD Who Con completed its panel submission and review process. A few more panels have trickled in since then, but we are proud to announce that over 35 panels have been approved. They have been tentatively scheduled over the three days of the convention and more may be added as we get closer to October. Keep checking the website as we get closer to mid-to late September when the first tentative schedule is planned on being released.



IntelleXual Entertainment Group creates film, TV and internet-based media for all. Led by their fearless leader and host of the The IntelleXual Network, David S. Dawson, this group of amazing individuals (Theresa Dawson Davis, Whitney Elaine Wegman, Mark Atkinson, Steven Schwartz, Carla Van Wagoner, Bryan Keith Davis and Laura Marie Davis) will be bringing their unique talents to this year’s convention. Be sure to catch their podcasts during the convention, and soon-to-be epic Reader’s Theater performance of a Big Finish audio drama. For more information regarding IntelleXual Entertainment Group, please visit their website at www.theintellexual.com.


Ben Paddon is a British-born writer, actor and geek humorist currently living in Los Angeles. He was born the same day Chernobyl exploded, although he maintains he has an airtight alibi. He’s the creator, Director, co-Writer and Host of PortsCenter, a webseries which looks at unique and interesting ports of video games, and cohosts the movie review podcast The Life Toyetic with Ben and Molly. Ben will be doing panels at the convention and will be involved in other activities as well. Welcome back, Ben!


Time Travelers (UN)Limited is a group of cosplayers and friends who want to do more than just show up at an event and have their pictures taken. They want to promote the things we love, and share that love with people who may or may not know about the characters they perform. Some of them are entrepreneurs working to expand what they do. Some are actors and writers who want to share what they perform and create. All of them live for making people laugh and cry and smile. Welcome them to this year’s convention and if you want to learn more about THE BBC (BLUE BOX CELEBRATIONS), they can be reached by calling (810) 293-7707.



What’s new? August, 2018

Hotel & Membership Package

Available now for a limited time, SD Who Con is offering a special Hotel & Membership package for just $295! The package includes 1 Full Weekend Membership (includes all weekend activities and non-ticketed events) plus 2 nights hotel stay*. You’ll save $46.25 when you combine your weekend membership and hotel reservation in one. With this package, you can also purchase up to 2 additional memberships for just $45 each, a savings of $15 per membership!

*Standard room: 2 Double beds, Flat screen TV, Ergonomic desk chair with desk, Mini refrigerator, Complimentary Wi-Fi, In-room safe, Hair dryer, Iron & Ironing board, and Overnight parking with in/out privileges. All taxes and fees are included.

Click here to purchase your package now!


Bowling with the Doctor              

Come on down and bowl with the Doctor! In preparation for our upcoming SD Who Con, we present Bowling with the Doctor.  Dust off your bowling shoes and bowling balls. Dress in cosplay as your favorite Doctor, companion, TARDIS, etc., dressed in 50s style theme to go along with our upcoming SD Who Con, or come as you are. It will be at Kearny Mesa Bowl, 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 92111 on Saturday, August 25th from 6pm to 9pm. Cost: $15. Includes 2 lines of bowling, ball, and shoe rentals, and a donation to the official SD Who Con charity, The Pegasus Rising Project. We have a limited number of lanes reserved so don’t miss out! Kids are welcome with adult supervision.



We cannot explain how the following  messages came into our possession, but we feel it is best for you to see them as well:





What’s new? SPECIAL REPORT – Comic-Con

If you are lucky enough to be able to go to Comic-Con this year, why not aim your TARDIS to this panel!
Chances are, you might recognize a face or two.

What’s new?  July, 2018

Let’s get hip Whovians! SD Who Con is hosting their annual convention October 19-21, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel. This year’s theme is 1950’s Rock & Roll inspired “Doc Around the Clock.” The Executive Committee is delighted provide you with the following updates to the convention:


SD Who Con has received permission from Big Finish and the BBC to air portions of Big Finish audio dramas at the convention. You heard right! Actual Doctor Who and Doctor Who-related audio dramas are coming to SD Who Con!

Audio dramas will air in the California Room and the first 30 minutes of each episode will be provided to attendees. Audio dramas begin the Friday morning of the convention and will run until we close up shop late Sunday afternoon.


Another first for the convention is the screening of Doctor Who Fan Films. We will be setting aside time to show classic and some modern fan films that fans just like you have created over the past 50 years. Fan films will occur throughout the convention and will also be offered as alternative programming for late night attendees.

We are honored to have the opportunity to show these films to our attendees and look forward to also having a few panels that discuss the state of the Doctor Who fan film community and how you could get involved.



What kind of Doctor Who convention would we be if we didn’t have one these baddies in attendance? Steve Roberts from Tucson, Arizona, will be bringing his fully functional Bronze Dalek to our convention and it will be roaming the halls to ensure discipline and order are enforced. For a preview of things to come see his Dalek in action in A Fist Full of Daleks at the following YouTube site:



SD Who Con is thrilled to welcome back members of the Order of Gallifrey! OoG began as a small group of less than 20 people in the Fall of 2013, mainly in Southern California. Since then, they have grown with “Sectors” in the United Kingdom, Pennsylvania, Texas, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northeastern and Southwestern U.S. states.

Members of OoG will be involved in panels and other social activities at SD Who Con. Please help us make them feel welcomed and be ready to strike a pose with your favorite Doctor and/or Doctor Who character!

Who Con News May, 2018

Who Con staff members have attended several conventions recently to greet Doctor Who fans, hand out ribbons, and spread the word about our convention! And we will be attending more upcoming conventions and events! Stop by the Who Con table, say hello, and pick up a badge ribbon!

Guests just announced

Inspector Spacetime (Travis Richey)

Travis Richey is an actor/writer living in Hollywood, CA. He has appeared on TV in “Sons of Tucson”, “The Event”, “Pretty Little Liars”, and on “Community” as Inspector Spacetime, a role that launched him into the spotlight of “Doctor Who” fans. Travis had previously achieved international acclaim as the creator of several web series, and an award-winning series of “Mac vs PC” spoofs. His videos have been seen on CNN, Comedy Central’s website, The Huffington Post, The UK Telegraph, and dozens of other notable blogs and websites. Travis also performs regularly at ACME Comedy Hollywood.

The Adventure Effect

We are pleased to announce that The Adventure Effect are returning to Who Con! These exceptional cosplayers are well known for their interpretations of the Eleventh Doctor and River Song among others. Welcome back, Neil and Sara!


River Alexandra Song

We’re delighted to announce that River Alexandra Song, cosplayer extraordinaire, will be returning to Who Con! River earned her degree in theatre from Northern Michigan University, where she performed in several shows and did tech for many more. She’s sung opera, established a dinner theatre company, helped found EZTV, worked with the Mark Taper Forum Lab, and the LA Free Shakespeare Festival. She is thrilled to be returning to SD WHO CON!



The House of Scotland Pipe Band

The House of Scotland Pipe Band is the official band of the International Cottages in Balboa Park. The band, founded in 1964, is affiliated with the House of Scotland cottage.  The band performs throughout the Western United States, taking part in competitions, parades, festivals, and other celebrations. Recently, the band traveled to Canada where they won 1st place at the 2017 Montreal Highland Games. We are thrilled to have them back for a third year!






Weekend Badges Available Now!

Full weekend badges are just ​$60 in advance ($75 at the door). Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
The weekend badge includes admittance to the Dealers Room, Exhibit Room and all non-ticketed events including the Friday Ice Cream Social and the Saturday Night Dance Party. Click here to purchase tickets!

Don’t miss the fabulous Coronation Tea Party on Sunday, October 21! This delightful afternoon tea will feature food, entertainment, and prizes! Seating is limited so get your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets!





Why stay at the hotel?

Our venue is the beautiful Handlery Hotel in the heart of Mission Valley!


Convenience, comfort, and fun!

When you stay at the hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy each and every moment of the convention! And with a group rate of just $125 per night it’s very affordable (includes free parking with in/out privileges).

Whether you are coming from out of town. or you’re a local, there are lots of reasons to stay at our hotel:

  • You won’t miss those early panels because you’re stuck in traffic
  • Planning some costume changes? You have your own changing room!
  • Found a treasure in the Dealer’s Room and you don’t want to lug it around all day? Drop it off in your hotel room!
  • Need a nap in the middle of the day? A dip in the pool? A soak in the hot tub? It’s all right there for your comfort and convenience!
  • Enjoy all the evening social events, room parties, and late-night programming without the worry of the drive home. You can relax and enjoy yourself knowing your restful room is only steps away!

To make your reservations, click here.

Who Con News April, 2018

We are now accepting panel and fan film submissions, volunteer and vendor applications. For more information go to: www.sdwhocon.com. For updates, upcoming event announcements and more, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SDWhoCon/, Twitter: @sdwhocon, or Instagram: @whoconsandiego


2018 has been very busy year so far for the Who Con team! We’ve been meeting and talking with lots of Doctor Who fans and handing out badge ribbons at local conventions such as Gaslight Gathering, ConDor, and WonderCon!

Tickets to our Coronation Tea Party on Sunday, October 21 are now available! Seating for this very popular event is limited. Don’t miss out! Click here to get your tickets now!


Guest announcements!


Doc Phineas Doc is a veteran of stage, TV and Film as well as a dancer, singer, model and author. He has a Ph.D. In Archaeology and is a leading authority on antiquities. He has been featured on Pawn Stars, Treasure Quest, and Antiques Roadshow. Doc is also a serious Doctor Who fan and trivia master. We are excited that Doc will be bringing his special brand of flair to Who Con for a second year!





Marc Biagi Marc is a character and voice actor, well known for numerous video games and animated projects including voicing numerous main characters in Star Trek Online alongside celebrity voices from the various series. He’s been a Doctor Who fan since the old days. Keep your eye out for Marc as an important character in the upcoming science fiction drama feature film, Origin: Beyond the Impact. We are very pleased to announce that Marc will be our Master of Ceremonies for Who Con 2018!






Guys and Gals, and Doctor Who Pals!

Join us at The Handlery Hotel for “Doc Around The Clock”, October 19-21, 2018! You’ll have a rockin’ good time!

“Doc Around the Clock” is a tribute to 50’s Rock n Roll! Break out your poodle skirts, leather jackets, pony tails and pompadours!

We are San Diego’s only Doctor Who convention! Who Con 2018 will be a fantastic weekend filled with workshops, Q&A’s, special guests, discussions, demos, activities and events for the whole family! Cosplay contests, photo ops, merchandise, exhibits, and displays to thrill the Whovian heart! In the evenings, music and merriment are the first order of business at our Friday and Saturday socials! And don’t miss our  very special Coronation Tea on Sunday afternoon!


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