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Doctor Who Convention – Full Press release


With thanks to BBC Worldwide

Millennium Centre Cardiff will be transformed into a fans paradise

24th & 25th March 2012

BBC Worldwide today revealed details of 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.

Billed as the ‘Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event’, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days – the programme is the same on each day to give attendees the most in depth experience possible. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team.

The unique interactive 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 talented team, reveal the tricks used to create the stunning physical effects that leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Watch them recreate a spectacular battle scene with live pyrotechnics, amazing explosions and laser effects.

Even more tricks of the trade will be unveiled by the award-winning Millennium FX team responsible for creating some of Doctor Who’s most iconic monsters including the Silence; the Silurians; the Weeping Angels and the Ood. The team will be giving a live demonstration of the skilful process involved in prosthetics application that fans can watch up-close and learn from the team how each stage is achieved.

Convention attendees will also be able to get up close and personal with rare costumes and props from the show where designers and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the origins and history of the items on show. 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 commented on the convention’s announcement: “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 said: “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 from 9am From You can also keep up to date via their twitter page.

All tickets will include:

*Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket.

*Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass.

*Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive behind the scenes images postcard pack.

*Official Doctor Who Convention bag.



  • doc brown

    November 20th, 2011 - 8:42am

    yes it was good they had the enimes of the third doctor and the chase figure sets but they were £50 each

  • booboo

    November 19th, 2011 - 9:16pm

    no we would have liked to but not possible, did you go ? was it any good

  • doc brown

    November 19th, 2011 - 8:20pm

    booobooo did u go to the convention thing in birmingham nec today?

  • dan23

    November 14th, 2011 - 5:04pm

    My birthdays on the 23rd so great timing!

  • Trevor Campbell

    November 14th, 2011 - 4:53pm

    Just got my tickets! Flying in from Florida! I can’t wait.

  • booboo

    November 14th, 2011 - 1:04pm

    the website crashed because of the rush

    try or

    box office number 0844 583 7777.

  • Alison Harrison

    November 14th, 2011 - 12:55pm

    Clicked on Book tickets and it still says tickets go on sale 14 Nov.
    Attempted about 50 times today no joy
    Has anyone else had a problem
    A telephone booking number might have helped

  • Andrew Hall

    November 14th, 2011 - 11:32am

    Managed eventually to get booked for the saturday. Still got accomodation and train fare to purchase yet…gonna be expensive me thinks. Hope its worth the hype!

  • johnones

    November 13th, 2011 - 7:43am

    yea me 2

  • King of the weevils

    November 11th, 2011 - 9:58pm

    Whoever wrote that FAQ thing axed confidential!

  • thisisthedoctorsdarkesthour

    November 11th, 2011 - 4:30pm

    Wow! But pricey…

  • Ray

    November 11th, 2011 - 4:12pm

    seems like they dont want children there


    Do you offer a family ticket?
    Like most conventions, the Official Doctor Who Convention is most suited to adults due to the nature of the content. It is very much focused on the behind the scenes elements of the show and we are keen not to spoil any of the magic for children. The Doctor Who Experience, opening in Cardiff in summer 2012 is tailored much more towards children.

  • Cyberdevil

    November 11th, 2011 - 3:33pm

    At this price for a family of 4 it would cost near £400!!!!

    And the dosen’t incude autographs and petrol. Come on BBC make it affordable.

  • SeanMozz

    November 11th, 2011 - 1:56pm

    WOW Begging parents to book a trip there as it follows my Birthday. Better book up soon though, space seems rather limited. Thanks for posting!

  • chas

    November 11th, 2011 - 1:47pm

    £99 !!!!!!!!!

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