Who Con 2018


SD Who Con 

October 19-21, 2018



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 to 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!


SD Who Con is pleased to welcome Travis Richey. Well known to Doctor Who fans as Inspector Spacetime, Richey is an actor/writer living in Hollywood, CA. He has recently appeared on TV in FOX’s Sons of Tucson, NBC’s The Event, and Lifetime’s Seriously Funny Kids. He is also recurring on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” as Harold Crane, and on NBC’s “Community” as Inspector Spacetime.

Richey had previously achieved international acclaim as the creator of several web series, including “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy”, “2 Hot Guys In The Shower”, “Smiley Town”, 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, PerezHilton.com, and dozens of other notable blogs and websites across the internet and have garnered over 3 million views. Richey performs regularly at ACME Comedy Hollywood.


We are excited to have Neil and Sara from The Adventure Effect return to SD Who Con! The Adventure Effect is an interactive storytelling production company utilizing cosplay, improv, and performance art to create a narrative lifestyle. These exceptional cosplayers are well known for their interpretations of the Eleventh Doctor and River Song among others. We look forward to being swept up in their adventure at the 2018 SD Who Con!

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!

Upcoming conventions and events:

Comic-Con – July 19-22, 2018 https://www.comic-con.org/
WorldCon 76 – August 16-20, 2018 https://www.worldcon76.org/

Guests just announced

We’ve added a few more guests to our 2018 line-up:

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!

And don’t miss our 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!

Hot Tea, Iced Tea, Coffee
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Selection of Tea Sandwiches
Mini Fruit Tart, Chocolate Cheesecake Bite and Lemon Chiffon Cake Squares

$45 in advance ($55 at the door) – subject to availability


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.




SD Who Con is a production of SDWC Corporation, a 501(c)3 organization.

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!


Some guest announcements!

Natalija Nogulich is an actor, author, director, and educator, Natalija is best known for her recurring portrayal of Admiral Nechayev in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Natalija will be offering a one-hour acting class at Who Con for only $10. Stay tuned for more information!








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!




SD Who Con will be at some upcoming conventions in the Southern California area. If you’re going to be at one of these events, stop by the Who Con table and pick up a badge ribbon!

Comic Fest – April 20-22, 2018 http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Costume Con 36 – May 11-14, 2018 http://cc36sandiego.org/

WhedonCon – May 18-20, 2018 https://www.whedoncon.com/

Comic-Con – July 19-22, 2018 https://www.comic-con.org/

WorldCon 76 – August 16-20, 2018 https://www.worldcon76.org/

Weekend passes to Who Con are now available!



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!


Your ideas and opinions matter. Do you have an idea for a panel or demonstration? We are now accepting panel submissions for Who Con 2018! Click here for more information.

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We are now accepting volunteer applications! Click here for more information.


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