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The Official Doctor Who Convention Cardiff 2012

The OFFICIAL Doctor Who Convention is finally here!

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The Official Doctor Who Convention is the ultimate event for Doctor Who enthusiasts. With unparalleled access to the cast and crew, this event offers fans a one-off chance to immerse themselves behind the scenes of the world’s longest running sci-fi show.

No other Doctor Who event gets you closer. Delve, as never before, into the creative minds behind the hit TV show, with unique opportunities to witness experts demonstrate how the special effects and prosthetics have created some of the iconic scenes and characters. Interactive panel discussions with cast and crew, photo and autograph sessions and a show case of official costumes and props, will give every true fan the chance to celebrate and share their passion for all things Doctor Who.

Already confirmed are Matt Smith and Steven Moffat, with more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks!

Your ticket includes:

Interactive Q&A panel discussions with the cast and crew
Prosthetics & special effects demonstrations
Official props and costumes displays
Official merchandise & collectables

The Official Doctor Who Convention is a one day Convention, whereby the programme of events are the same for Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are therefore encouraged to choose which day they would like to attend.

Autograph and photo opportunities with the main cast members will be available as an upgrade option on a first come first served basis.

Tickets are strictly limited to this brand new event and include unique Official Doctor Who Convention 2012 merchandise – check out the TICKET INFO page for details and to book your tickets today.

The Time Lord awaits!



  • adam tatters

    March 3rd, 2012 - 2:04pm


    i have for sale one ticket to the convention on the sunday, and the karen gillan autograph signing. i also have one of the tickets for the monday where you take a “tour of the tardis”. i am looking to sell quick and am open to offers. unfortunately i have no way of getting down as circumstances have changed

  • DoctorAmy

    February 29th, 2012 - 8:21pm

    I really want to go, but I’d have to pay for travel, I’d have more than likely pay for somewhere to stay, all on top of the ticket price! I get £20 a week for attending college, which I’m so lucky to get, and with it, I have to eat everyday, and buy college books and so on. I have a job, but its closed for winter… How the BBC really think that any person that doesn’t have a spare £200 lying around can even begin to afford this is beyond me.
    It’s such a shame.

    • Liz

      February 29th, 2012 - 9:34pm

      I think the bag of souvenirs could have been better. When you see what celebrities get at their bags at fashion shows and oscars. A laminated pass and a souvenir ticket. Is that it!

  • Ciara

    February 25th, 2012 - 8:17pm

    I’m travelling from Ireland and spent money on two tickets, money that I barely have but I’ve missed so many conventions due to being very ill and uni exams. There’s no way I’m missing this. The person I bought the other ticket for isn’t going now, so I’m going alone and wasted £104 on a non transferrable ticket. I’d better be getting a bloody good show. I’ve waited too long for this and time is too short on this earth. Shame I won’t get to see the TARDIS set, missed that opportunity to book it. I think the atmosphere of just being there and being back in Cardiff might just be enough tough 🙂

    • Liz

      February 29th, 2012 - 8:51pm

      I wrote to the convention and they told me the name in the ticket doesn’t matter as long as you’ve got a ticket in hand

    • Liz

      February 29th, 2012 - 9:11pm

      Dear Elizabeth

      The name on the ticket will not make a difference on the day. As long as the bar code is in full to scan.

      Kind Regards
      Dr Who Convection

  • bob

    February 23rd, 2012 - 4:47pm

    heard its £35 a ticket

  • Jean Thompson

    February 22nd, 2012 - 11:22am

    Does anyone know what is happening to the photo shoot and autograph opportunities. I thought I read that people had been refunded and it would be issued on a lottery basis. This kind of convention does not happen very often. If I were a child I would pool birthday and Christmas presies etc. to get there.

    • Liz

      February 29th, 2012 - 8:54pm

      That is just for Stephen Moffat. However no sign if a competition for it as yet

  • Lucie Miller

    February 10th, 2012 - 1:02am

    Sophia Myles[Girl in the Fireplace]says she hopes to be there.To be honest i think it’s very expensive,even more so with the travel unless you live local.I met David Tennant and Catherine Tate last year at ‘Much Ado’,Peter Davison after ‘Legally Blonde’ and Sylvester Mccoy after ‘Little Shop of Horrors.It was more personal and less rushed.Of course,kids want the whole experience but it doesn’t seem totally suitable for them.

  • gobeavers

    February 4th, 2012 - 5:06pm

    Perhaps its best not for families with children to go as there will be lots of single men wandering around, they are the only ones who can afford those prices and still need to eat for the rest of the month, who will be telling each other about the episode from february 1973 that Jon Pertwee starred in and the Tardis had the 34521-b bolt on the console when it should have been the 34522-c ones. That his cravat was upside down in one shot and that Matt Smith, well he’s no Tom Baker is he. Yawn. Just hit em where it hurts, stop buying the magazines and leave the toys on the shelves.

  • Farsighted

    February 1st, 2012 - 1:52am

    Honestly, I don’t get why you all think it’s so expensive. It’s not much more than a box set. You can get to see a lot of the people who work on the show, the man who plays the current Doctor, and others from the cast and production team, and if you book early enough you can go to visit the actual TARDIS set. What other Who Con gives you that? I think it’s a Doctor Who fan’s dream. It’s fantastic. There are plenty of other conferences to go to during the year that are great fun and less expensive. And I really don’t think they will be rolling the money in, there aren’t that many seats.

    • booboo

      February 1st, 2012 - 3:01pm

      To be fair its the families with kids that are complaining, not individuals, its a family day out that will cost you £400+ with travel etc if you have 2 children – a lot more than the box set you refer to

  • Anonymous

    January 22nd, 2012 - 1:15pm

    we were looking forward to the convention the price has put us off it seems a lot especially for three of us to go. my son said the christmas speciall should of had more action in it from a nine year old fan

  • barrie williams

    January 17th, 2012 - 11:03am

    Money Money thats what it comes down to not the who fans seeing their dreams and making children very happy

  • The Doctor

    January 15th, 2012 - 8:42pm

    Crazy price my 7 year son is crazy about Dr Who & Matt Smith and Cardiff not a ideal place to travel surely a more central place would have been more suitable

  • English Rose

    January 10th, 2012 - 9:44pm

    I have no idea why you are complaining about the cost to families. My kids love Doctor Who nearly as much as me and they would be bored silly at this. Talks and prosthetic demonstrations? Snore.

    Give me the unoffical conventions anyday that are warming up to a younger audience. Treasure hunts… monster hide and seek… making chocolate Daleks from liquorice and a Mini Roll. Half the price, twice the length and A LOT more suitable.

    • leigh comaskey

      January 16th, 2012 - 9:54pm

      My son has attention defecit hyperactivity disorder, autism & profound learning difficulties he is 17 & he loves dr who & everything about it especially when he can say the aliens names & we look confused. We are more than happy to take him it’s an experience he’ll always remember

  • beheadedproductions

    January 9th, 2012 - 8:31pm

    I would be more likely to get one of willy wonka’s golden tickets!

  • beheadedproductions

    January 9th, 2012 - 8:27pm

    I am an avid 12 year old doctor who fanatic and was desperate to attend the convention.But having just seen the price it would cost me 5 months pocket money to go and my mum says that I would have to go alone as there is no way she could afford a ticket.Thanks for disappointing a child on his birthday BBC. I hope you are pleased with yourselves.

  • toz

    January 8th, 2012 - 10:47pm

    Yeah,a hundred quid entry fee is a pretty disgusting display of greed .Was glad to have some event in cardiff, but this prices all but the wealthiest families with kids out of it completely .I’d expect a ride in the tardis to a time of my choice for that at the very least.

  • Isaac Bailey

    January 6th, 2012 - 10:04pm

    £99 is awful lot of money for a convention which is a shame. When I was considering going I only found out that Matt Smith was off and fully booked for sessions. So instead i am off to see Colin Baker in Sheffield at £40.

  • jonny davies

    January 6th, 2012 - 9:46pm

    Unrealistic price, very unfair to expect families to pay this much. I thought Dr Who live was expensive, but at least it was worth it. This on the other hand is explotive. Not happy, and by the way the Christmas Special wasnt so special….

  • snowydog

    December 31st, 2011 - 3:59pm

    Lots of marketing aimed at children, toys, annuals etc at this time of year, convention even mentioned in the Dr Who comic! I don’t think it’s fair to promote this to children when the price is clearly out of the reach of most families.

  • mother of DW biggest fan

    December 20th, 2011 - 9:25pm

    My son is begging me to take him to the DW con, we took him to the exhibition in London in october which cost a small fortune as we stayed in london for a couple of days, now it would cost well over £500 if all 4 of us went.But unfortunately kids don’t understand that money doesn’t grow on trees, he also thinks that if he goes he will definately be able to meet Matt Smith, better buy in a big box of tissues to wipe all the tears when I have to say sorry we can’t go.

  • DWFAN#1

    December 4th, 2011 - 5:33pm

    No offence DW site, but the description makes it sound like a absolute bargain!

    • booboo

      December 4th, 2011 - 6:19pm

      the description is the official press release by BBC worldwide, nothing to do with us

  • cmaca82

    November 23rd, 2011 - 10:52pm

    Sorry but this is disgusting. I was trying to arrange to take the family on the Sunday as my step daughter would absolutely love go. At 13 she can’t go alone and can’t take one without the other. Unfortunately due to the cost of the tickets we now can’t go and I have a very upset 13 year old and 43 year old. £416.20 plus travelling etc. Think the bbc are just being greedy now. If it wasn’t for the fans spending hundreds upon thousands on dvds, posters, toys and other memorabilia the show would be nothing. Would have been nice if the bbc and production had of thought about that before setting ridiculous prices!!!!

    • DWFAN#1

      December 4th, 2011 - 5:28pm

      Seriously? £416.20? That is a total rip-off! But the whole idea of it i find a bit odd anyway, paying (lots of) money to SEE SOMEBODY? Thats like… selling themselves to Doctor Who! They’re normal people, yet you have to pay to see them!

    • Isaac Bailey

      January 9th, 2012 - 4:11pm

      Why don’t you search around as I am off to a convention in Sheffield – Where Colin Bakers going – costs £40. I know its not Matt Smith but you get 2 free autographs at this convention. And there is a discount price of £25 for children.

  • Heather

    November 22nd, 2011 - 4:02pm

    God God – I attend four-day conventions that cost half the price of this! I met Stephen in a pub in London with my friend in a wheelchair and sat talking to him for half an hour (he even came outside to us because I couldn’t get the wheelchair through because of the crowds, and it cost me a pint. I saw Matt at the Proms – that cost me a fiver. And for a £12.50 ticket to see Hamlet, I got to speak to David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. One pound off a ton plus half again for a meet and photo? You must be joking!

    • Mrs cindy Louise cave (AGE 48)

      February 2nd, 2012 - 1:35am

      I very much like David Tennant as my very best Dr who person but it Looks rather Expensive for the Tickets indeed Don’t you think for £25 at Least anyway!p.s. I do Like to call him my very best friend that is if he doe’s *(NOT) mind o.k.! oh! by the way, he is are

  • y

    November 21st, 2011 - 4:10pm

    will there be another one in 2013 with matt smith there?

    • Mrs cindy Louise cave (AGE 48)

      February 2nd, 2012 - 1:41am

      OUR HERO! (o.k.!) (PART 1/2)

  • Trevor Campbell

    November 14th, 2011 - 4:54pm

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


    November 14th, 2011 - 4:12pm

    I’m going! I just got my tickets and i’m also going to get a photo with matt smith and get his autograph. I am so excited. but its a long way away.

    PS. I’ve heard that if she is asked, freema agyeman will be in the 50th anniversary of dr who!

    • cmaca82

      November 23rd, 2011 - 10:53pm

      Just so u know it says on the booking page one photo OR autograph per day pass. Disgusting paying that much money and can’t have both!!!!

    • Liz

      February 29th, 2012 - 9:02pm

      Now nobody has bought them all up you can now buy as many as you want

  • howmuch??

    November 13th, 2011 - 11:00am

    I’m with many many people on this.When I saw this advertised,got very excited and then the cost….
    Shock and disbelief turned to anger and disgust. How can the £99 cost be justified – especially for families?
    Very disappointed in the BBC and the Who production team for supporting this event at such an ridiculous cost.
    In short, two words…FORGET IT!!!

    • DWFAN#1

      December 4th, 2011 - 5:31pm

      Its not even like a holiday or anything! Not that you’d be able to afford one after that! They’re gonna make loadsa money, coz little kids who are fans of DW are gonna beg there parents to get tickets, which will probably end in another one of Britians -what do you call it- um, where there money goes down??!

  • Jemma Bell

    November 13th, 2011 - 12:15am

    Overpriced is an understatement! I can’t justify paying that amount just for entry! I am actually disgusted by the amount that is expected for people to pay out, add everything up and it’s a small fortune. compared to the conventions I attend each year this is the most ridiculously overpriced con I have come across.
    The fact it’s not a family con (and advised that it is not child friendly) is poor form! I mean Doctor Who is and has always been a family show!!, clearly this convention is being aimed at the rich upper class fan’s…not your everyday fan like myself. This is utter greed on the BBC’s part.
    I will be giving this a miss and I will stick to my unofficial conventions. Word of advise to the BBC look into how much regular, well known and popular conventions are supposed to cost. I’m sure showmasters, tenth planet events and starfury etc can give you some tips.

    • Dave Hanson

      March 1st, 2012 - 12:24pm

      would love to go but mainly to meet and get a picture with Karen Gillan but the saturday are sold out of entry tickets and on the suunday she is only signing no photo opportunities which is a shame


    November 11th, 2011 - 9:08pm

    I’m so going. I don’t care about money. I’ve always wanted to meet Matt Smith and definately Steven Moffat. I am going on the convention website straight away at 9am when the tickets are on sale. Really hope I am one of those lucky enough to meet the people.

  • Justininferno

    November 11th, 2011 - 5:47pm

    This is an almighty rip off and Im sure many many fans wont go. Absolute disgrace. Its also obviously a try out for 2013.
    I wont go on principle

    • Anonymous

      November 11th, 2011 - 9:00pm

      A rip off of what?

    • Damaris

      November 14th, 2011 - 9:12am

      I think Justininferno meant rip-off as in it’s overpriced and not worth the money, as opposed to a knock-off version of something.

    • booboo

      November 14th, 2011 - 9:18am

      there are obviously plenty of people prepared to pay as the website has crashed with all those rushing to book tickets

    • DWFAN#1

      December 4th, 2011 - 5:32pm

      Really? That many people?

    • EADwales

      January 21st, 2012 - 5:58pm

      I see, Booboo, so that justifies is then does it? At a time when families are struggling to cope and at the same time explain to children why they can’t have the holiday, birthday, Christmas they once had, the BBC dangles their favourite show and character in front of them and racks up the price. Not true to Wales or the people who have been so proud of this production.

    • booboo

      January 21st, 2012 - 6:15pm

      I was making an observation and i dont need to justify anything

      I cant afford to go to it either but there are those who can and plenty of them. That’s life.

      Complain to the BBC not me

      This is BBC worldwide They are in business to make money.

  • Dark Side of the Moon

    November 11th, 2011 - 12:37pm

    Wow £99! and an extra £50 if you want to see Matt Smith and Steven Moffat. I hope the TV licence comes down in price next year after all the money the BBC will make out of this 🙂


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