We’re thrilled to announce that Billie Piper will be appearing at Chicago TARDIS this year. Doctor Who fans know her as the beloved Rose Tyler– but she’s also been the star of Ruby In the Smoke, The Shadow In the North, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Billie can currently be seen in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. We can’t wait to welcome her to Chicago! Due to her busy schedule, Billie will be with us on Saturday and Sunday only.
Chicago TARDIS welcomes siblings Ellie and Joseph Darcey-Alden to this year’s convention. You know them from their portrayals of Francesca and Digby, Clara’s charges, in the 2012 Christmas Special, “The Snowmen.” You’ll also recognize Ellie from her role of young Lily Potter in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. Both brother and sister have a growing list of credits to their names, and we’re happy to have them join our family this year.
We’re pleased to announce that Sonita Henry will be joining us this year. Sonita played Colonel Meme in “Time of the Doctor.” You will also recognize her from numerous U.S. television guest shots, including roles in NCIS, Cold Case, Chuck, and Law and Order: LA. She also played the Kelvin doctor in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.
Chicago TARDIS is delighted to have Mat Irvine join us this year! Mat designed the K-9 prop, and has spent a good chunk of his career operating it. Besides Doctor Who, this Visual Effects Designer worked on Blake’s Seven, Are You Being Served?, Bergerac, and The Singing Detective. He will be sharing his expertise with us all weekend.
We continue our musical guest habit by welcoming Dominic Glynn to this year’s Chicago TARDIS. You’re heard his work on the season 23 (Trial of a Time Lord season) theme, as well as in the episodes “Mysterious Planet,” “The Ultimate Foe,” “Dragonfire,” “The Happiness Patrol,” and “Survival.” A prolific composer, he has also provided music for a long, impressive list of film, tv, and game projects on both sides of the pond.
We welcome back our friends at Big Finish, who will be part of our party for the 15th year in a row. Joining Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs (the latter also of Dalek, Cyberman, Judoon, etc. voice fame) will be Nicola Walker, who played Liv Chenka in the audio plays Robophobia (7th Doctor), The Traitor, Time’s Horizon and Eyes of the Master (The latter three part of the 8th Doctor Dark Eyes 2 series). You’ll recognize Nicola from her appearances in such tv shows as Last Tango in Hallifax, Prisoner Wives, MI-5 (Spooks), and Touching Evil. We can’t wait to hear what’s new and what’s upcoming with our favorite audio adventures!
Chicago TARDIS welcomes back three old friends to this year’s event. Graeme Burk (co-author of Who Is the Doctor? and Who’s 50), Robert Smith? (co-author of Who Is the Doctor? and Who’s 50, editor of Outside In), and Michael Damian Thomas (co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords) will all be in the house, taking over panels, guiding discussions, and generally making the convention a better place. We look forward to their return!
Can you believe it? Chicago TARDIS is this weekend! We want to share with you some last minute news and details that will make your weekend more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, neither Nicholas Briggs nor Paul Vanezis will be able to join us this weekend. We will miss them both!
Autograph Pricing Adjustments
Autographs from our Doctors– Colin Baker, Peter Davison, and Paul McGann– will be $25/signature, not the $20/signature previously advertised. Also, there will be a nominal charge for Tracey Childs to sign non-Big Finish items.
Our registration booth will be open for badge-picking up on Thursday night for our All-Access, Reserved, and 3-Day General Admission members. Friday and 3-Day At-the-door tickets will be available on Friday morning; Sunday tickets will be available on Sunday morning. No tickets will be sold on Saturday– we are sold out for that day.
The complete schedule is:
Thursday: 6-9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. -6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At-Door Ticket Availability
At-the-door ticket availability is still being determined; we plan on posting further information on Wednesday.
Social Media Options
Whether you will be at the con this weekend or just living vicariously through your friends’ posts, we will have you covered. As in previous years, we will be posting large amounts of photos to our Facebook page, as well as schedule changes, the odd quip from our guests onstage, and other news. On Twitter, you’ll find schedule reminders, quips, and news updates. For the first time, we will be posting the photos and quotes we like best to our Tumblr account.
Food Options at Chicago TARDIS
The food court at Yorktown mall is closed– undergoing remodeling. Don’t despair, though– the Chicago TARDIS Program Book will list all your nearest food options for the weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!
We have good news and bad news about our guest line-up for this year’s Chicago TARDIS. Let’s start with the bad, shall we? Due to professional commitments, neither Richard Dinnick nor Arnold T. Blumberg will be able to join us Thanksgiving weekend. We will miss them both!
Now the good: we’ve added a number of people to our guest line-up. We welcome back Amy Pemberton, best known to Doctor Who fans as Big Finish’s 7th Doctor companion Sally Morgan. Also returning, novelists Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman. Jon and Kate wrote such classic novels as Vampire Science and The Seeing I.
We also have two gentlemen joining us for the first time. Ed Stradling has produced a large number of featurettes found on Doctor Who DVDs. Paul Vanezis has worked on the DVDs as well… and in his spare time, searches for missing episodes. We’re excited to welcome them both, and look forward to their insights.
Chicago TARDIS is giddy with delight to welcome Freema Agyeman to our convention. Freema, of course, played Martha Jones, companion to the 10th Doctor. She can be currently seen on The Carrie Diaries on the CW. Due to her busy schedule, she will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday only.