As Ten once told Rose, bananas are good. But Minnesota’s fairly new Doctor Who convention, appropriately named CONsole Room after the place where the Doctor and his companions are most at home, is even better.
2016 is CONsole Room’s third year bringing everything Doctor Who fandom to Bloomington, Minnesota. It all started in 2013 when Jason Tucker, knowing that there was significant Doctor Who fandom in the Twin Cities and wanting a place for Minnesota whovians to gather closer than Chicago TARDIS, put out the call to local hardcore Doctor Who fans—some of whom had previous convention running experience. They put together a committee, and shortly thereafter CONsole Room was born. Unlike stars that are born every day and destroyed by Daleks, CONsole Room is still shining bright as it continues celebrating all things Doctor Who, providing a place for Minnesota Doctor Who fans to gather and share their love of Time Lords, monsters, and the TARDIS without having to travel far from home.
If you are planning on checking out CONsole Room this year, you’re in for a treat. Here’s a short overview of what you’ll see at the convention.
1. Special Guests
We have never met anyone who wasn’t important so let’s meet this year’s guests of honor:
Frazer Hines was cast as Jamie McCrimmon, the Second Doctor’s companion (1966–1969). He returned to the TARDIS in 1983’s The Five Doctors and again in 1985’s The Two Doctors.
Anneke Wills played Polly Wright (1966–1967), the First Doctor’s companion, and was the first to witness a regeneration—in the process becoming the Second Doctor’s companion as well.
Ben, do you remember what he said in the tracking room? Something about ‘This old body of mine is wearing a bit thin.’ —Polly Wright on the regeneration of the Doctor
Wendy Padbury was cast alongside Frazer Hines as the Second Doctor’s companion (1968–1969). She appeared on stage in 1974 at the Aldelphi Theatre in London in Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday and also made a cameo appearance in the 20th-anniversary story, The Five Doctors.
Dominic Glynn is best known by Whovians for his arrangement of Doctor Who theme music that served as the series theme for season 23. He also wrote the music for The Mysterious Planet, The Ultimate Foe, Dragonfire, The Happiness Patrol, and Survival, all Doctor Who stories. Guests will not only be able to meet Glynn but also hear him perform at CONsole Room 2016.
2. Artist Alley
The artist’s alley is where you will find art of all media: sculptures, prints, paintings, yarn, music, and more. You name it and there will probably be a very talented and creative Doctor Who fan available to make you something awesome. Want to add your creativeness to the convention? Find more information about that on the CONsole Room website.
Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art? —The Doctor
3. Dealers Room
The dealer’s room is where you will find the objects you need to get across the universe. Chances are, if you ask nicely, you can even find a hand to hold. You can find dealer information right here on the convention website.
CONsole Room’s has a lot to offer costumers and costume lovers. On Friday you will find a hall costume contest where the popular vote determines the winner. Saturday night offers a more traditional masquerade/cosplay presentation. Show off your best Doctor Who costumes in either or both, and enjoy the fantastic costumes all weekend!
There will be plenty of panels about Doctor Who and other geeky topics. Check out the schedule for the full listing of panels.
6. Media Room
New for 2016, CONsole Room is offering a media room dedicated to podcasters and vloggers. Fans can stop by, listen to live shows, and possibly even interact with their favorite online series.
To navigate all of this, CONsole Room even has its own app, complete with hotel map, long schedule of events, guest list, photo wall, and more. Download the app from the CONsole Room website.
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a nonlinear, nonsubjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey … stuff. —The Doctor
CONsole Room will be held at the Hilton MSP Airport/Mall of America, June 3–5, 2016. It’s bigger on the inside! Find more information on CONsole Room website, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat (mplsconsoleroom).