We have updated the Programming page with the version of the schedule that went to the printer– so you now have a preview of what you will pick up at registration. If you save the jpgs to your phone/tablet, you won’t have to worry about where the paper copy of the schedule got to over the weekend. If you’re wondering about a text-only online version, we will provide the link to it as soon as it has been updated to reflect the final version of the schedule.
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!
If you don’t have a ticket yet, don’t despair, just get to the convention early on Friday. We will have a limited quantity of 3-Day and Friday-only admissions available for purchase at the door on Friday, and a limited quantity of Sunday-only tickets available on Sunday. Saturday-only tickets have already sold out and none will be available at the door.
Thanks, everyone, for your support. See you in two weeks!
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.
How much do we love cosplayers at Chicago TARDIS? Let us count the ways!
- We feature the best hall costumes throughout the weekend as part of our official Facebook feed. Be in the right place at the right time and be immortalized online.
- Theme Days! We reward cosplayers (and fans who have items that fit the theme) with a special custom-designed button commemorating the day’s theme. For this year’s convention, our themes are:
- Friday: Decorative Vegetable Day
- Saturday: Technicolor Dreamcoat Day
- Sunday: Victorian Gentleman Day
- The Chronological Cavalcade! New to Chicago TARDIS this year, this Friday evening costume parade gives you a chance to show off your work on the main stage without having to compete for prizes. We want as many different Doctors, companions, and baddies as possible to participate. Get more information (and a sign-up link) on our Evening Programming page.
- The Chicago TARDIS Masquerade! The highlight of our Saturday evening entertainment, the Masquerade features the best in costuming competing for prizes and glory. If you’re interested in entering, be sure to read the rules. If you just want to watch, we’ll see you in Main Programming at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
p.s. for those of you looking to perform a sketch, a song, a monologue– in costume or not– you will want to check out our Friday Open Mic event. Full details can be found on our Evening Programming page.
We have good news and bad news about obtaining memberships at the door for this year’s Chicago TARDIS.
First, the good news: the current pricing ($85/weekend, $40 Fri or Sun, $50 Sat) has been extended through November 15th. You now have an extra two weeks in which to purchase your memberships before the at-door pricing kicks in.
Now, the bad news– and it’s in two parts.
Part one: online ticket sales will cease at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 15th. After that time, you will have to purchase your membership at the door, no exceptions.
Part two: We are sold out of Saturday-only memberships. No Saturday-only memberships will be available at the door. If you want to attend on just Saturday, and have yet to buy a membership, you have to buy a 3-day membership. In addition, we anticipate selling out our 3-day memberships on Friday morning of the convention, if not before, so if you want to make sure you actually get in for the full weekend, buy your membership in advance.
We still have a quantity of 3-day memberships, but we expect the three-day tickets to start moving faster once Saturday-only is sold out. Don’t be left out! Get your membership now!